Monday, May 31, 2010

Preparing for the Paris

There is still no news on when Paris is coming home, but my leader is out of town right now, so I probably won't hear anything until Tuesday. In the meantime, I have been preparing for her return. I've gotten her a few "pet" toys that I think she will like. (Pictured Below) I got her a couple stuffed toys because she would always steal my roommates dogs stuffed toys. She never tried to chew them up, she would just pick them up and walk around with them. I think she will really enjoy having a couple stuffed toys of her own. I got her a goose that honks, and a squeaky frog. I also got her an over sized tennis ball that squeaks (I'm hoping she will learn to play fetch, when I got Prudy back as a CC she never understood the point of the game. We'll see) I also got a peanut butter stuffed knuckle bone and a couple rawhides. I'm a bit nervous about the rawhides because I've never given them to any of my dogs before but I think she will love them. The thing I am most excited about is her new collar. I've always liked the look of martingale collars (although I have never used one) so I really wanted to get one for Paris. I went to three pet stores yesterday with no luck. Paris is not a solid color type of girl, I wanted something with more personality. After literally HOURS of perusing the internet I finally found THE collar!! It's perfect. It should get here next week and I can't wait! I tried to find one with the nylon/chain combination but there was nothing in my price range, so I settled on an all nylon one, but I really like it. Here it is:
[Black nylon based Martingale collar with a pastel green/white polka dotted ribbon around the outside part.]

I have also been doing some research about Paris' eye condition and found this website really helpful. It was the easiest to understand and provided the best info if you want to check it out. I hope to be able to talk to the vets at GDB and ask questions about how bad Paris' eyes are. I can't imagine they are that bad because I feel like I would have noticed. Anyway, it'll be nice to get more info on her.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

What Happens Next. . .

Welcome to Paris' new blog! This blog will follow Paris' adventures of being a pet. Paris was the 8th puppy that I raised for Guide Dogs for the Blind. I received her on September 24th, 2009 when she was 7 months old, and raised her until she returned for her formal harness training on May 9, 2010. 18 days later I got the unfortunate news that she was career changed for Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous which means she has blurry vision. It took me a few days to decide that she should come home, and I couldn't be happier to be getting my baby girl back. It'll be tough for a bit while I am still in school, but I will make it work. Paris is a very special pup and I couldn't pass up the chance to have her be my forever dog. I have been looking up therapy groups in my area because she is the kind of dog who needs a job and nothing would make her happier. I am not sure when she will make it back down to Utah but I will for sure let you all know. I can't wait!!

[7 month old Paris on the day I got her laying in the grass. She was a goofy and awkward little girl who I loved to watch grow and mature.]
[Much more grown up and mature Paris laying on some rocks in front of a waterfall a few days before recall.]

P.S. I am not sure I love the new blog title so if anyone has suggestions for it I would love to hear them. :D