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Lots accomplished...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

To begin with I was up bright and early and showered and coffeed and a woman physical therapist who had been at the Guide dog convention I attended in Portland last weekend arrived to do a personal Demo in my home. there was another event on Saturday she was alte to and i missed. She created what si called BackTPacks for Back and hip problems which si ideal for guide dog users or anyone who ahs had back troubles or neck troubles. Yous ee when you handle a dog you need your hands free. robert purchased one for me. It is great. she is also online. Most of the guide dog handlers ahve purchased one. You can get them at clearance prices.

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After walking the dogs we headed out to My surgeons office at the Weight Management Institute. I received m 4th fill/adjustment/tightening. It all went well and i ahve lsot 2 pounds. Not much but better than nothing. I am trying to get used to the new feelings I am having now. back on liquids until tomorrow. These feelings include a frog like sensation lurking in my throat when i drink liquids and a burp always follows a ssip. (I swear I'm not drinking beer) My sips are smaller and farther apart than before. I just know I will be consuming less than before. I'm at 4cc's in my 10cc band. It all went well and I am beginning to understand now how the band works as a tool.

From that appt. we then headed to SouthEast Portland where we met Leone's Trainer bob who is here from Palm Springs for 3 weeks working with past students. We walked a good 2 miles in SE Portland and he feels leone is doing an excellent job. Sunday when he was here at my home he put on a different collar that is really working much better on her. It's another Prong collar but it has fast release snap on it. Because of my arthritis in my other collar I could not connect it it was an alligator Prong. the Prong collar has somewhat pointed prongs on the inside of the chain but it does not stab at her neck it adds direct pressure. It gets her attention and makes her focus better. She is a changed girl in that collar and does no sniffing on the job. After all she is a working girl.

All in all it was a good tiring day. I was in bed by 9 last night.

  
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PICKIE98 8/2/2011 4:52PM

    so much done!

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LINDA! 7/28/2011 11:34PM

    So happy your dog is doing better.

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XRAYLADY65 7/27/2011 4:04PM

    awesome day,,,

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MEADSBAY 7/26/2011 9:54PM

    emoticonWhew!
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CHUBRUB3 7/26/2011 9:43PM

    Congratulations Debbie on the lbs lost and doing so well with your band! Awesome!
Love hearing of your adventures with Leone and hearing how well she/you are doing.
Keep up the great work.
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Angela
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TWEETYKC00 7/26/2011 8:05PM

    sounds like you had a busy and productive day. Glad that you and Leone are doing better.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/26/2011 5:21PM

    Very busy day for you emoticon

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BENTONHEALTHY 7/26/2011 4:28PM

    Sounds like a very productive day for you and Leone.

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WILLOW49 7/26/2011 4:13PM

    What a busy day you had! Glad that collar is working well for Leone :)

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PJGABRIEL 7/26/2011 1:27PM

    Sounds like a really busy day, and happy your dog is doing better.

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Happy Birthday Leone!

Friday, July 22, 2011

July 22 today, Leone turns 3 years old.



She is my beloved Guide dog. Those of you who are new probably don't know I went to Palm Springs, California in Mid November and graduated with her at Guide dogs of the Desert. We flew home together December 17th and it has been a beautiful life with her ever since.

Leone was born in a litter of 3 black labs and 2 yellow labs. Her sister Barbee is with my classmate vivian in Walla Walla, Washington. this past Saturday we saw Barbee at the romp. A guide dog convention in Portland. I had my camera but didn't take any pictures.

Leone was born in the Kennel at Guide Dogs of the desert and then placed with ehr puppy raiser at 6 months of age. Cathy remains my friend and we stay in clsoe contact. Cathy has a friend here in my area and while Leone was a puppy introduced her to swimming pools and Lakes and Rivers. Throwing sticks in the rivers and Leone would retrieve the sick and bring it back. Leone was no newbie to the Oregon rain and cold weather as she ahd many trips up here. Leone has graced the apges of Calendars and I gifted one of my very close Spark friends with a Calendar with ehr picture in it.

She stayed with Cathy her puppy raiser until she was 1 1/2 yrs old and then brought back to the Kennels at Guide dogs of the Desert Where she was ina boot camp training program to learn the commands and everyday life of a professional guide dog. So she was in Bootcamp until she was 2.5 yrs old and placed with me.

Bob who was my instructor in the school is comign on Sunday to work with us and make out a plan. He will be with us sunday and the next week. We have one amjor problem that can get me injured. this 70# Lab as very strong and known to get me flat on the street when she sees a CAT.

She will be a working guide dog if she remains in excellent health untril she is 7 Some people use their guides until they are stricken with health issues like arthritis, etc. But the normal working age to retire is 7. I can turn her in or keep her as a pet.



I made my Birthday girl a special treat for her Birthday. Her bright red Kong toy was stuffed with soaked ultra balance dog food and i mxed in a spoonful of peanut butter and then stuffed the Kong and placed it in a ziplock bag and in the freezer. After our morning walk I will present it to her. she will be pleased and have fun with it and it is healthy.

2 weeks ago at the Portland Saturday Market Robert bought Leone a winter Raincoat that is neon orange with Black Trim and a black fur colalr. She looks adorable with it on. Too warm to use it now but surely it will get used soon enough.

We are planning dinner at my daughters Red robin restaurant. the staff will gather and sing happy birthday to her! How about that?!!!

  
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ASPENHUGGER 7/26/2011 12:00AM

    I'll sing too! I know she'll like that chance to howl! LOL

The x-ray technician at my doctor's office is a guide dog trainer. She had the cutest black lab puppy in the x-ray room when I was there last week. Well trained too, never moved, never made a peep. I told her about you, & she knew Leone came from Guide Dogs of the Desert.

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NORASPAT 7/23/2011 4:11PM

    Thanks for that wonderful story. I still cherich the photo someone took when you had her brought to you. I love it. It so reminds me of my Lab friend from my childhood. Wendy-Alice and golden lab retriever and also a companion dog for my disabled stepfather.
These labs are so intelligent I hope BOB can break her from the cat chasing habit. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/22/2011 11:51PM

    She is beautiiful.

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TEXASLYNN 7/22/2011 11:15PM

    Happy birthday!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 7/22/2011 10:53PM

    HAPPY B-DAY Leone!!!!!!!!!

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TWEETYKC00 7/22/2011 10:13PM

    Happy Birthday Leone. Lots of puppy hugs and kisses going out!

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PICKIE98 7/22/2011 7:47PM

    Woof Woof to you, Woof Woof to you, Woof Woof dear Leone, Woof Woof to yoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ow-oooooooooo
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BENTONHEALTHY 7/22/2011 3:08PM

    Debbie,
My dog read this and wonders why he doesn't get to go to a restaurant for his birthday!

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CHUBRUB3 7/22/2011 3:08PM

    Ah so sweet!
Happy Birthday Leone!
Hugs,
Angela
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NATESMOM1910 7/22/2011 2:14PM

    Happy Birthday to a very good girl!!!

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LINDA! 7/22/2011 2:13PM

    Happy Birthday Leone! emoticon

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CHLOIANNA 7/22/2011 1:53PM

    She sounds wonderful. I lost our chocolate in April. We now have a 4 month old Yorkie-poo. Very different fron Chloe but also wonderful. emoticon

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MARIA_VIGS 7/22/2011 12:21PM

    What a sweetheart! Happy birthday to Leone! I wish you many loving years with her!
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WILLOW49 7/22/2011 12:21PM

    Happy Birthday Leone!
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SETAGOAL1 7/22/2011 11:55AM

    Happy Birthday to Leone

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Debbie

Don't give up on yourself. You are the only one that can make it happen for you. You have the power to succeed or fail.

You have choosen to succeed.

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CONNIER64 7/22/2011 11:50AM

    emoticon Hi Debbie hope you have a great weekend and wish Leone a very Happy B-Day from me.I bet she is adorable emoticon

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Tuesday...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in
our life, or in the life of another.

-- Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer

  
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GINGERPAWZ 7/19/2011 11:19PM

    That is so true. Stide for the best and if you miss you are still amoung the stars. Keep up the great work.

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TWEETYKC00 7/19/2011 8:48PM

    so true.

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PICKIE98 7/19/2011 7:16PM

    We also never know how our words or actions affect another...

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CHUBRUB3 7/19/2011 3:46PM

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So beautiful!
Hugs,
Angela


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BENTONHEALTHY 7/19/2011 3:29PM

    Best we can is a challenge enough. Thank you for the boost.



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DEE0973 7/19/2011 12:56PM

    thanks for the uplift

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WILLOW49 7/19/2011 11:52AM

    Great quote!

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    It's all we can do, really.
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Weekend fun...

Friday, July 15, 2011

The weekend should be a long tiring one. It's The annual Guide Dog users of Oregon Romp. It's a full weekend of convention where guide dog trainers from all over the USA come to Portland to ive information and they speak fo their schools. there will be trainers coming from Michigan, New Jersey, New York, California and Oregon of course. We will ahve a young class doing a play for us and later in the day a demo and talk on Healthy T Pack. A back pack that is easy on your body. Our trainer fron Guide Dogs of the Desert in Palm Springs will be on hand for a round table discussion on Sunday. I'm excited to see classmates tomorrow and in the evening we all head across the street to a bar for Kareoke. We will meet up with Leone's sister barbee and her handler vivian from Walla Walla, Washington. It will be a struggle to keep the wild girls apart. Our trainer will be here for two weeks and meeting with us for follow up and brush up on our training. It was last year July when I met him and he promised me a guide dog. Now I have one.

  
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BELLACUDDLES 7/20/2011 8:16AM

    I'll be you had a great time!! It is soooooooooo hot here........low 90's......going on 5 straight days!! I know your weather is cooler, having talked with my Portland friend! I would love some of that coolness!!


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PJGABRIEL 7/16/2011 11:00PM

    Have a Good Time, and enjoy your time.

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BENTONHEALTHY 7/16/2011 8:28PM

    I know you and Leone will have a fun filled learning weekend. Enjoy!

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CHUBRUB3 7/16/2011 5:08PM

    Have a great time Debbie!
Hugs,
Angela
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BRATS4 7/16/2011 1:00PM

    sounds fun

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WILLOW49 7/16/2011 11:28AM

    Sounds like a fun weekend!

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PICKIE98 7/16/2011 10:33AM

    Has it been a year already?? It seem slike you just got your cochlear Implants... have fun!! Make me proud at that karioke!!!

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TWEETYKC00 7/15/2011 11:57PM

    wow, that sounds like a great weekend for you. i can't believe it's been a year already!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/15/2011 11:51PM

    How nice, are you going to go by?

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Tuesday...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie.

-- Ann Landers, born 1918

  
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CHUBRUB3 7/15/2011 6:58PM

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BELLACUDDLES 7/14/2011 11:28AM

    Loved it too!!! How can you not, if it's from Ann Landers!

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GEMINI-SKY 7/14/2011 6:34AM

    Love this One ! ! !

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BENTONHEALTHY 7/13/2011 3:04PM

    I am a believer in the truth!

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TWEETYKC00 7/12/2011 8:26PM

    good one!

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WILLOW49 7/12/2011 8:23PM

    Great quote!

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MEADSBAY 7/12/2011 4:03PM

    I miss her wisdom!

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