Puppy walking

An adventure in looking after a puppy until it is old enough to be properly trained as a guide dog for the blind.

Friday, November 11, 2005

This morning, Sheila and I took Rocky out for some practice - walking, leaving, wearing his jacket. We went to a busy Tim Horton’s and he did us proud.
Sheila and Rocky in the parking lot
It was also attached to a convenience store and gas station so there were a lot of people coming and going. Rocky was excited and lunged at people as they entered and left the store but once he went inside, he calmed down and mostly watched people. He got an A plus from both of us this morning.
Sheila and Rocky at the Horton's
After Sheila dropped us off at home again, because it was Remembrance Day, we headed over to our local cenotaph and observed the two minutes of silence. Rocky was a little antsy at the beginning but he settled and watched all the people with interest.
Peter and Rocky at 11am, November 11.
Once that was over, we decided to get a bite to eat at Marshy’s, our local watering hole. They were just open so in fact, we were the first people in the door and we got a quiet table out of the way.
Rocky and me at Marshys
Again, Rocky was very interested in all that was happening around him but he soon settled and either sat or lay down (except for the one time he was caught licking the base of the table! Yum!).
Caught in the act!
The staff all thought he was gorgeous and even other customers praised his good behaviour. We think he is really coming along nicely.


At 11:57 a.m., November 12, 2005, Blogger Furkids In Hong Kong said...

Again making great progress!

Making your humans proud seems to be your specialty lately!

Take care!

At 12:04 p.m., November 12, 2005, Blogger JuliaR said...

Thanks! I am sure the road ahead will be a little uneven, and Rocky still does the "mad dog" dash around the house. But we are pretty happy with him so far.

At 3:29 p.m., November 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just can't believe the progress! What a delight it is to see him sitting there, as good as gold!! He's got an excellent 'teacher'!

At 4:42 p.m., November 13, 2005, Blogger JuliaR said...

Carmen, thanks for the compliment! Yes, I will take some credit for Rocky. I can't take credit for his good looks (that's his own real mamma) but maybe for his behaviour.

At 8:25 p.m., November 14, 2005, Blogger Malcolm Jardine said...

I really liked the shot of Rocky with Peter at the Centotaph on Centerpoint at the 11th hour of the 11th day -- truly a special moment and he seemed to know and settled into the rythm of it all. Looked like a beautiful morning in Ottawa

At 8:28 a.m., November 15, 2005, Blogger JuliaR said...

Thanks Malcolm! I took several shots (love that digital!) but this one showed Rocky at his best (poor Peter is not being considered for his looks). It was a nice but cold day. Today however, we have snow.


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