Doggie Diaries – This waiting…

I think I had written before about following up on that last bit of paperwork last week? The same woman still hadn’t gotten her paperwork in so I cornered her at Saavi, and told Dave, and he was going to make sure it got in. I kept meaning to call GDB all week to find out if they had received it, but I swear I’d forget my head if it wasn’t screwed on.

I did my usual workouts this week and kind of stepped away from the blog for a bit because i started a baby blanket, and started listening to Harry Potter again, the book I always turn to when I’m feeling inner turmoil. There’s just something about crocheting and zoning into fantasy land.

I kept forgetting GDB though. Well, they got the paperwork. So I don’t have to hound the woman anymore.

I’m almost wishing I had waited to do the puppy pool, because all the waiting really sucks.


We might know sooner than later.

Wanna know how I found out that paperwork got in?

The phone rang. The home phone. Rare for that one to ring. I thought, who’s calling? Could it be the school? nah. I doubt they even got that paperwork.


Hi, this is Don from Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Oh! Hi!

He’s coming on Monday!! Monday!!!

I asked if he’d gotten my O & M paperwork and he hadn’t. I told him what I’m still learning and he still wants to come. He said he just wants to see how I am with traffic and what not. Good thing Dave and I did that intersection last week!

I don’t see Dave tomorrow; he’s on vacation. Crap, I should call him.

Tomorrow I’ll be cleaning. Oh dear. What if my house is awful! What will he look for?? Oh my oh my oh my!!!


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18 Responses to Doggie Diaries – This waiting…

  1. L^2

    How exciting! So glad you finally heard something from them.

    I live too far away from guide dog schools, so I’ve never had a home visit (I had to send videos instead). However, I’ve heard that they don’t care if your house isn’t perfect. They want to see how you live everyday so they can match a dog to your lifestyle. They’re not so interested in how well you can clean up for visitors. 🙂

  2. Ro

    Hehe that’s good to know. Mostly I just need to clean up my kitchen as I’ve slacked. Some people on my email list have said just clean the litter box haha!

    I can’t believe it’s happening that fast, wow. I know it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be going anytime soon, but it’s sure awesome that I get to meet Don already and see where I stand, wow!

  3. Monday! That’s great! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. So glad things are moving along!

  4. Hahahahahehehhehehehohohoho! That’s sooo cool. I’m dancin’.

    No they don’t expect the place to be clean to the max. They just want it to be normal level clean.

    I’m so excited! I’ll be thinking of you Monday! And I’m so glad all the papers are in.

    You and Don will have fun.

  5. I had a home visit – remember being nervous but he was SO nice. Our pug, Missy, came running out into the living room where we were meeting -she had a waffle in her mouth! Needless to say, Missy had a little work to do before she was ready to be a good influence on the new dog! I’m excited for you — the waiting and wondering is hard.

  6. Wow thats awesome Ro! I got all excited in the middle of your blog lol. I can’t wait to hear what happens. Don’t worry about cleaning too much, the guy that came to Darrell’s apartment just sat at the table and talked, he was more interested in the paths and stuff outside. You’ll do great!

  7. YAY! I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait!

    I know when they do home visits for puppyraising they mainly want to meet you and the other animals in the house. And they just look to make sure that you don’t have sharp objects down low or wires everywhere. But that’s puppyraising…it could be totally different.
    Good Luck!

  8. Ro

    Thanks for the encouragement everyone!!

    I’m totally crashing now, “coming down” from all the excitiment lol. Sooo sleeeeepy. wonder if I’ll have any dreams tonight.

    I’ll just tidy up this weekend, but I won’t worry too much. Dave has no qualms about my area, so I should be good. So excited!

  9. Ro

    Maddie, yeah a bunch of the people on my email list are telling me the same kind of stuff, like chords and stuff. We have chords, but not across the floors or anything.

    I haven’t gotten the phase report yet, have you? My first thought was of Gabrina after Don called 🙂

  10. Congratulations!! I’m really enjoying following along in your journey to getting a guide dog. Can’t wait to hear how it goes on Monday.

    Regarding waiting, one of my foster puppies was in formal training for A LOT longer than normal. He’s been class-ready for a while, but for various reasons didn’t get matched. I’ve been on pins and needles waiting to hear that he’d finally gotten his person.

    Well all that waiting was totally worth it, because tonight I attended his graduation, and he’s found his PERFECT match. I keep thinking how if he had graduated earlier, he would never have met this person.

    I know as a foster family waiting for my dogs to meet their person can be torture, and I’m sure it’s worse from your end waiting for your dog … but I’m sure your perfect dog is out there, and whenever you meet him or her it will be well worth the wait! (Though I admit I’m definitely hoping that it will be sooner rather than later for you!)

  11. Wow, I am so excited for you. I’ll be thinking of you on Monday, good luck. You’ll do AWESOME!!

  12. Ro

    Oh congratulations Hobbes!! Woo hoo! I don’t think it’s any worse for the raisers or the handlers haha. The whole thing is nerve wracking no matter how you look at it, in my opinion 🙂

    Megan, Yeah I’m so thrilled that things are rolling again. I finally slept a full uninterrupted 8 hours last night, yay!

    I know this doesn’t mean I’ll be going to school right away, but at least it’ll get me closer to knowing, so that is just plain awesome! My gut is telling me March. Don’t know why. But that’s what my gut is telling me hehe!

  13. I did get the phase report yesterday. Would you like me to forward it to you? I think I still have your email address.

    Gabrina is still in phase 8 (for the 3rd week). Maybe she is waiting for you 😉

  14. Ro

    Oh that would be fab, if you’ve got my email. If you don’t, leave me your email in a comment and I won’t publish it. Thank you!!

  15. How exciting! I will be thinking of you on Monday, hoping that all goes well.

    When I had home visits for puppy raising they just basically made sure the house was safe for a dog, and meet the other people and animals in the home. Good luck! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  16. Natalie, can I bug you for a little messing about with Voiceover help? If ya don’t mind that is? Over on my blog, we put in a new comment system. But Ro can’t put anything anywhere but the from field, I think because you can’t seem to tab out of the field. With JAWS, I can arrow, so I can get to the “what’s on your mind” field. But she can’t seem to get anywhere but “from.” If you wanna try, see if there are other ways to be successful at getting to the main spot where you’re supposed to type. Or, if you can give me suggestions for the developers of the system on how to make it work with Voiceover, I would also love you. Thanks, and Ro, sorry for hijacking your thread. I’m still excited about Monday. I’ll be thinking about you all day Monday. I’m making a presentation to council about that accursed roundabout on Monday, so I’ll think of you while I’m standing up there.

  17. Ro

    I must have left the computer right after you posted this Carin. I’m sure you were hoping for a reply last night tee hee.

  18. No worries. I figured you were headed for the land of sleepy fairies and elves.

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