Thermo got thrown a curve ball.

Thermo got a real curve ball thrown at him in church yesterday. I knew a brass ensemble was playing with the organ for the hymns and all of the choir music. What I did not know and was not told until we had come into the sanctuary to go to the pew we sit in. Between the door coming in the sanctuary and the pews were kettle drums. It did not phase Thermo one bit, but it definitely caught me off guard. Coming back out I had a deacon wanting to lead me and he found out really fast that with Thermo I am just fine so the deacon said it looked like I did not need his help and I told him that Thermo had it under control. It’s nice for people to help but it’s even more fun to show and let them know that I am fine and if I need help that I will ask. It was so cool that when I told him to the door he came up to the drums and stopped and then after telling him forward he took me left and then I suggested right and told him to the door he then turned left and took me through the one door and then put his nose on the handle for the outside door.
Mom said she thought I might get hung up in the drums, but I left her and had no issues with him guiding me through it all. My friends are noticing that I am much more confident now that I have a dog that loves and wants to work and is very well trained and is working out well. I am so thankful I had to wait on this sweet dog and it was definitely worth the wait to get him.
Not only did I get a great guide dog and companion, but I met some people that will be friends for a long time to come.

My silly “dog

The title says it all here. My Thermo can be such a silly puppy. This morning it was obvious that he really wanted to play, so after about five minutes of hard tug playing, he took his rope toy growling at it in his mouth and proceeded to make several laps around the den with toy in mouth.
I really love watching him play like that and usually after he gets it out of his system, he chills out and just enjoys himself.

Settling in

Well we are a couple of months out of class and Thermo is beginning to settle into life. He is still very puppy but beginning to understand that he is not always the star of the show and the jumping is getting better.
He has done really well navigating church and other shopping I have been doing. I really love the fact that his targeting skills are excellent and am now beginning to give him real freedom not only in the house, but in the back yard as well.
I am really blessed to have a large yard that is fenced and quite private. Thermo is a sweet dog and Guiding Eyes did a great job of not only matching us but training him to work well with someone who has balance and back issues. I love the fact that he loves to work and that he so easily matches his pace to mine.

My silly boy

Oh my silly boy. He gives me such good work and keeps me amused.
:Yesterday during church while the offering plate was being passed, he lifted his head thinking it was something to eat and it was for him. After it passed, he dropped his head and sighed in disappointment.
This morning it has been raining and he refuses to potty just like what happened in class.
I cannot stay mad at him long because he is so sweet.

A special day.

Yesterday was a special day. It would have been my 15th anniversary so we escaped to the mountains where it is a little cooler and decided to go out and celebrate the memories rather than being sad. I worked Thermo yesterday morning around town with several errands we had to do and his work is coming along nicely. We still have a little clearance work to work on, but it was nice with him letting me have the independence I enjoy and we got some nice comments on the way.
He is still acting like a big puppy at times but know that will end in time as well and in some ways I will hate to see that go.

Church Sunday

Sunday going to church was good. I thought Thermo might be royally overwhelmed, but I was pleasantly surprised. He worked well from the car to the sanctuary and basically laid in one position throughout the service then worked well back to the car.
This is incredibly freeing and not having to deal with a cane or holding on to some’s arm and not knowing how they walk or if they will even try to clear you of any obstacles that are in the way. So happy he is doing well.
We are still working on targetting the mailbox and it is coming because he is a quick learner and I think a few more tries will get it down. Now to work on giving him freedom in the house.

A new adventure

The store was definitely an adventure. They were grilling ribs and chicken outside of the store and I was happy the head collar was on. He definitely wanted it but a gentle tug and off we went. I think he did really well considering this was the first time since class we were in the store. He did try to sniff some and all it took was a gentle tug on the head collar and he heeled nicely throughouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuout the store and I was really happy when several children saw him that their parents told them not to touch since he was working.
I am definitely looking forward to seeing how he does in church in the morning, and since this will be his first time I am expecting him to be a little overwhelmed, so we will see what happens.

Today will be a new adventure.  I have not been in a crockery store since class, so this will be a new adventure for Thermo and me.  I had a little trouble getting the head collar on, but this si the second time that I have done it so am sure it will get easier in time.  We used this in class to keep the sniffing in the store with all of its wonderful food smells to a minimum and it worked wonderfully.


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Finally home

We are finally home. Man yesterday was a long day. It started by leaving for the airport at 8:00 and when we finally checked bags, got through security and found my age; it was 9:30 and I still had two hours to kill before I boarded. Gladly the school bought us coffee and a sandwich, and after eating part ofit in LaGuardia airport, I finished it for supper after getting home last night.
Thermo did really well flying home and he slept at my feet. I hope the next time I fly it will not be on an Express flight where I am on commuter airplanes, because it was interesting having him sit, but he did well and I had an opportunity to educate one of the flight attendant’s about Guiding Eyes training program and for me that is always a fun thing to do. I love telling people about guide dogs and what they do for me as well as tell them about the training program.
We finally made it home and let me tell you, it was hot. I was happy to get home and Thermo slept through the night without any problems. All we have really accomplished today was unpacking my suitcase and paying a couple of bills, and that was just fine with me.

Going home

I am going home. It is hard to believe that three weeks ago I arrived at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I had no idea the adventure that would lay before me and the beloved Yellow Labrador named Thermo that would quickly worm his way into my heart.
It was a bittersweet day today telling fellow classmates good-bye and toomorrow will even be a little harder, especially bidding the school and Michelle the trainer good-bye as well. I am living a dream and so thankful for Emily who raised this awesome steady dog who more than meets my needs as a guide and constant companion through the journeys of life. I know he is going to be baptized by fire when we get to South Carolina tomorrow afternoon because our famously hot summers are in full swing, so welcome to the South big boy.
I am looking forward to my bed tomorrow night and starting many new adventures with Thermo as we not only learn each other to become one, but to have a lot of fun along the way.