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August 14th, 2007

03:50 pm
Woo Hoo!!!

Wooooooo! This little dog of mine is so incredible. We just had the most awesome walk. I feel so great. I might be high. Cinnabar rocks my world. I can’t get over how much fun it is to walk with her.

We are working longer routes now. We are doing what they call the basic route through downtown San Rafael. I have made the trip 4 times and I finally have it down. It’s so much easier to work the dog when I know where I am going. Things are going so much smoother now. It’s awesome. This afternoon we totally kicked ass. My instructor said we did great. I’m so pumped. I’m so ready to go out again.

Yesterday I learned how to brush Cinnabar’s teeth. It is hilarious. Her toothpaste is poultry flavored and she loves it. Her tongue was flying all over the place while I tried to brush her teeth. It tickled so much and I just giggled the whole time. I think I got more toothpaste on her snout than I did in her mouth. I think we’ll get better at it but the first time was just silly.

This week we had 12 more people join the class. They are all people who have had dogs before and are coming to retrain with a new dog. They have their own set of instructors, but the dorm, cafeteria, lounge and relieving circle are now much more crowded. I have met several new and interesting people. I have enjoyed talking to the retrains and hearing about their experiences with retiring dogs. It sounds like it is going to be really tough, but I knew that going in and will just have to deal with it when the time comes. For now, that is a long way off so there’s no reason to dwell on it.

Nothing much else to report. Cinnabar and I stay pretty busy and are both using up all our excess energy. But I have no complaints. Cinnabar and I are both digging the extra activity.