How do you get such great photos of your pups?! As soon as Dan realizes I'm taking pictures, he turns away! Or on the other hand, he moves to much to catch him!

Hahaha, it’s a process! Stella has a good “stay” so we start there. 

Then it’s a lot like this video posted by kaedathebasenji. Weird noises. I wave treats and tennis balls a lottttt. 

Besides that. It’s just taking the picture quick enough. Or just doing action shots haha. 

This picture has made its rounds. My friend also posted that it showed up the Pinterest homepage a few weeks back. 
I don’t even use Pinterest. 
These puppies are also now 8 weeks old!

This picture has made its rounds. My friend also posted that it showed up the Pinterest homepage a few weeks back. 

I don’t even use Pinterest. 

These puppies are also now 8 weeks old!

Model

Model

Here Stella has to sit and wait for her release before she can retrieve the ball. 

Sometimes we do other commands. Today was not one of those times. 

"Here’s my ball. Now throw it."
"Please."
I made a fetch video for you guys! We’ll see how long it takes to upload haha

"Here’s my ball. Now throw it."

"Please."

I made a fetch video for you guys! We’ll see how long it takes to upload haha

Tongue out Tuesday!

Tongue out Tuesday!

Milestone

guidedogintraining:

Whoop! While I disappeared for the weekend, we hit the 5,000 follower milestone! You guys are all really awesome for wanting to follow along with my adventures in puppy raising. 

I’m not sure what kind of special thing to do but I thought of a way to, I dunno, add interactiveness?

Basically, I wanna take pictures that you guys want to see! So what I want you guys to do is reply to this, reblog with a comment, or send me an ask with what you want a picture of! It’ll also get us out of the house and adventuring (hopefully!)

So each week, I’ll randomly pick one on the suggestions, go out and do it and on Mondays I’ll post the picture with a dedication to whoever requested it! (Please make your suggestions within the realm of possibility and legal….I feel the need to add that. I ain’t no lawless vagabond.)  

We’ll call this Mysterious Monday. Duh. What else would I call it?

So get suggesting! We’ll start in a week! 

(Ex. In a hat, with a statue, in a certain store, sitting next to something, I don’t know get creative.)

Adding a question mark so you can reply?

Currently my favorite picture of Stella and me

Currently my favorite picture of Stella and me

I’d say she’s queen of the mountain but she’s really the jester.

Are service dogs in training allowed to go to public places the same way a fully trained dog can go?
Anonymous

Great question!

And the answer is: it depends on where you live. In the United States, access for “in training” dogs varies from state to state. I live in Georgia where the law states that all “in training” dogs have the same exact access as a full working dog. So I can take Stella anywhere that a working dog can go. Sadly this is not the case for all 50 states. A lot are like GA, but there are some where “in training” dogs don’t have to be permitted and training in public depends on the goodwill of the owner allowing the dog in their establishment. 

So if you have an “in training” dog always research the laws where you live so that you know when to defend the law and when to let it go. 

Hiking with Stella

Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia

July 18, 2014

Ok cool I just wanted your opinion on them. There is one main issue I find with the service dogs that is heart breaking. When they reach 7-8 years old they are 'retired' and if the blind person lives on their own they cannot keep the dog. So they then either have to find another home for their dog or have it euthanised. Which although I realise it's in the best interest of the person and animal it doesn't make it any easier. I don't know how they can get around it.

wherehorsesmeetdogs:

foxinu:

angerinyourbones:

carryonmywaywardstirrup:

havocados:

I didn’t know about that. That’s really sad and needs to be changed.

Do any of the dog people following me know anything about this? I find this hard to believe, since people would get so attached to their service dog & they’d have to be capable of feeding them and providing basic care on a day to day basis while they had them in work anyway? I could understand that they may have to euthanise or rehome if they developed a medical condition that the person couldn’t cope with managing, but just because they’re getting a little older? :S

angerinyourbonesscumbagveganmooseingsridingthescree i cant think of anyone else right now

Yeah this isn’t really true. Guide dogs can work until their teens. Service dogs are not euthanized after they retire - not even guide dogs.

Jesus Christ people like to make shit up.

this is silly, you can google this and see that guide dog organizations in particular have waiting lists to adopt from them. the guide dog center in the uk had to remove their waiting list and now adopt out their career change retirees a little differently. 8 is not the cut off, either, as was already mentioned.

read more here, and here, and here, and here.

I’m sure guidedogintraining or growingupwonderdog can provide info on that too, as they work with service dogs.

The original comment is not true at all! As mentioned a few times, there is no “age” for retiring. They’re retired when it’s in the best interest of the dog! Be it 7 or 13. (My friend adopted one who retired at age 3 due to developing a new fear so he couldn’t work but he was perfectly healthy otherwise and will live a long life!)

And while I can only speak for most schools in the US (especially Guide Dog Foundation since that’s who I work with), retired dogs live marvelous lives. If the blind person cannot adopt them then they turn first to the dog’s puppy raiser. They were the first person to love this dog and even if it’s been 10 years chances are (if they have the resources) then they’ll want to adopt the dog. 

If the original puppy raiser can’t adopt them then they reach out to a long list of people who want to adopt retired dogs. They find them great homes! Which is exactly what they deserve after working so hard :)

Milestone

Whoop! While I disappeared for the weekend, we hit the 5,000 follower milestone! You guys are all really awesome for wanting to follow along with my adventures in puppy raising. 

I’m not sure what kind of special thing to do but I thought of a way to, I dunno, add interactiveness?

Basically, I wanna take pictures that you guys want to see! So what I want you guys to do is reply to this, reblog with a comment, or send me an ask with what you want a picture of! It’ll also get us out of the house and adventuring (hopefully!)

So each week, I’ll randomly pick one on the suggestions, go out and do it and on Mondays I’ll post the picture with a dedication to whoever requested it! (Please make your suggestions within the realm of possibility and legal….I feel the need to add that. I ain’t no lawless vagabond.)  

We’ll call this Mysterious Monday. Duh. What else would I call it?

So get suggesting! We’ll start in a week! 

(Ex. In a hat, with a statue, in a certain store, sitting next to something, I don’t know get creative.)

Adding a question mark so you can reply?

Me n’ my sidekick. Chasing the sun.

Me n’ my sidekick. Chasing the sun.

Love love love this picture of Stella.
She looks all grown up.
(Also looks like a painting, love it)

Love love love this picture of Stella.

She looks all grown up.

(Also looks like a painting, love it)