June 20, 2009

Donata and The Horses

Posted in Guide Dogs for the Blind, Me, Uncategorized at 9:13 pm by smilinshell11

To make you excited about reading this post, there is a surprise at the end.  I have never posted a picture of myself on this blog and maybe (if you are lucky) you will get to see Donata and I. 🙂  Donata has been with us since Tuesday and will be here for probably another week.  Malta (who was being raised by Loyola’s family who is now raising Jessa) will be going to a different family next weekend but in the mean time our Leader couldn’t have two dogs so we offered to take Donata.  It’s the longest we have ever had a dog and let me tell you, I’m exhausted!  It’s like having a little shadow near you 24/7.  I admire all of you full time puppy raisers that’s for sure! 🙂  Today we had an outing to a farm where Donata had her first experience with a horse.  This is the first meeting:
1st Horse

Then at the end. Lots of love from her new friends!

Here she is on the way home. I don’t understand why she was behind Mr. Charming’s seat which was all the way back when I moved up to give her more room.

She has been at work with me every day. She has done VERY well and I’m thinking about training her next week on answering the phone…

We also went to Costcoand got a new dog bed. We have been meaning to get one for oh a year now and thought since we would have a puppy longer than a couple of days, now would be a good time. It only took her 4 days to figure out it was her bed and she could lay on it.


We attempted to go the gym on Thursday for yoga.  She was doing awesome till about 15 minutes in.  Since Wednesday she has been having diarrhea. 😦 She has been VERY good about giving me this look of “you need to take me outside now” which she did at the gym. After talking with our Leader, we skipped dinner Thursday night and she has been on the rice and cottage cheese diet since.  She kept looking at us Thursday night like “Hey uhh I know you guys had dinner, but you forgot mine”.  She hadn’t pooped since Thursday and she finally did tonight but it wasn’t good again. 😦 I hope she gets to feeling better for her sake. It’s no fun not feeling good.

And as promised “the picture”. 🙂

Donata and I

We won’t be doing much puppy sitting the next couple of months but have lots of fun things planned.  Stay Tuned! 🙂


February 26, 2009

24 Random Things About Me

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Here are “24 Random Things About Me”. I have never met most of you in person so I thought I would post a little “get to know me”.  Without further ado…

1. I have strabismus in my right eye. Some people that don’t know think I’m blind in that eye or am not paying attention to them. I have had 4 eye surgeries (3 before I 2 years old) because of it.
2. My favorite color is blue.
3. I have one younger sister (2-1/2 years younger) who I think looks nothing like me named Stacy.
4. I went to college to become a Geologist. That dream was shot after my first quarter of science and math classes. I ended up majoring in Sociology which I loved.
5. I was on the University of Washington crew team as a coxswain for a quarter.
6. I had a herniated disk in my back my senior year of High School. It was the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced.
7. My husband proposed to me in the same park we had our first kiss. That would be Gas Works Park for all those Seattle people.
8. I had braces for 9 years. That is a whole other post for another time. The funny part was, my teeth were never crooked.
9. I have been to Disneyworld more times than Disneyland.
10. I ran Cross Country and Track in High School but if I tried to run 3 miles today I might die because I’m so out of shape.  In my defense, I have been going to the gym.
11. My favorite number is 11 even though I don’t like odd numbers.
12. My husband and I work with Guide Dogs for the Blind.
13. I have an addiction to chips. My favorite are Tim’s Cascade. If you come to my house, you might be amazed at your options.
14. My maiden last name was 12 letters long.  It was so long, that on the attendance report in school only showed my first name as “She”.  One of the requirements before I got married was he had to have a short last name.  Now it’s only 5.
15. I share the same middle name as my mom and grandma. I don’t like the name so don’t ask me what it is.
16. My favorite emotion icon is the 🙂
17. My favorite TV show is Law and Order: CI. For my birthday one year, my husband got me an autographed picture of Vincent D’Onofrio (the main guy).
18. My 2nd favorite TV show is LOST though Ben really freaks me out and I have nightmares about him.
19. I would love to go back to Europe (especially Germany and Italy) and visit Australia.
20. I have never rode in a limo before.
21. I would love to swim with dolphins sometime in my lifetime.
22. I am currently reading through the entire Bible. I’m on the 5 year plan so I’ll be done in like ohhh 2-3 years.
23. I have had Mono twice in my life. Both times no one around me ever had or ever got it.
24. I work in an office with all guys (one of them is my Dad). We have a lot of fun. 🙂

To conclude this post, if you have any thing else you would like to know, please feel free to post a question or email me. 🙂