Friday, March 18, 2011

Did you know

March 18

Did you know…?
*Dogs can get ear infections, so it’s important to clean their ears. True story. Of course, you don’t go digging inside with a Q-tip, but there is a way. Let me know if you’re desiring further training.

*Dogs’ nails can get caught in escalators, and this, as you can imagine, can cause serious problems for our K-9 friends. I got to put little booties on Nadine’s hind paws today while we road escalators. I’m sure the dogs look ridiculous, but better that than loose toes. I was very nervous to do this lesson, but Nadine- having learned the escalator before- loved it. She was so proud of herself and looked all around while on the dang thing. The mall we went to has 2 towers connected by a tunnel, and five stories are connected in each tower by many escalators. So, we’d get off one and immediately onto another one. Holy cow! Who knew my dog could wear shoes and ride dangerous machinery while guiding me?

*It’s a challenge to brush a dog’s teeth!!!!

*I’m tired of being corrected, and worn out. Today I had a slight break down after one of the class supervisors- not my normal instructor- corrected me in an unkind tone. I had had it. I was wet, tired, blind, tired, wet and trying to get my dog to the relieving area before she …. So, we had a nice chat, and I tried to ask him to help me know what to do instead of yelling at me what not to do. Naturally, as is the case in my family, I couldn’t talk to him without being chocked up. He couldn’t understand why I was worn out and done with corrections for the day. Oh well, He’s a he in a class filled with shes. Don’t worry. I’m now fine. Nadine did worry about me for a while, but after brushing teeth, I think she forgot all about it.

*It’s still raining and I feel like I’m back in high school with a bad perm.

*The food’s great here!

*I get to go back to Portland again tomorrow and have more learning experiences. Woopie!

4 comments:

Ms. Clickety Clack said...

Wow Kris, this does sound demanding and i would be exhausted too. Don't worry- I break down all the time for much lesser reasons- it's good for you! Keep the faith and endure to the end! It's going to be great!

Sandrelle said...

Wow, that must be so exhausting physically, mentally and emotionally. A good cry is therapeutic, you are doing awesome!

Becky said...

Oh, I remember my breakdown point with my first guide, Pantera. So hard at times. Loved the food in Oregon, too. My guide currently has an ear infection so we are doing ome cleaning. Wishing you the best with Nadine.

Anna said...

Is your pity party over? Cause if you need me to come up there and talk with my hand...I'd be happy to hop on the next plane. Would you rather have David's problems or Doug's? O.k. Pretend you are wet, with a bad perm from Louis or Joey and you have another dog to deal with and you happen to be blind and you are far away from home and you just had some stranger correct you in a rude voice (and you know how much we like to be corrected in rude voices by males) and you are hungry, tired and grouchy? Can you do that? O.K. Now say, Like a pony, lIke a pony while dancing in your striped silky shorts! You can do it!