Doggy Countdown – The Latest

Did I mention the first package I received from GDB? Now that I think about it, I don’t think I did. I know a lot of the puppy raisers are finding it interesting what all happens on the students’ end, so I’ve really been trying to capture everything.

Anyway, maybe a week and a half ago, I got my acceptence package from GDB. There was a welcome cd inside and a bunch of forms I take with me to sign. The cd was just going over code of conduct type things.

Then, I got an email from one of the admissions people and it had all my flight information. I’ll be leaving early on February 15th and I have a connecting flight, and then will land in San Fran sometime after noon. Same thing goes for the return and I’m happy about not leaving the same day as graduation. Did I mention this? I get confused about what I write on the email list and what I post here. Anyway, I’m glad to leave the day after grad so I don’t have to rush around that day.

In that email, I was also told who my instructors will be. So I shared that on my email list, and one of the girls mentioned that one of my instructors is on the lecture cds, which I had yet to receive. She mentioned that he sounds stoned, and she and her roommate were cracking up over it. Apparently this guy gets teased a lot haha!

Today, I got the second package. It has 8 lecture cds (labeled in braille and I read it and was all excited hehe), my flight info and luggage tags. So I popped in the cds, greatful, because I’m really exhausted again today.

There’s one guy on the cds that cracks me up. A different guy than the stoned guy. His voice sounds normal for the most part until he gets to the end of a sentence. Then it goes all low. Kinda like a radio announcer hahah! It sounds all dramatic.

So then it came around to the guy who is one of my instructors, who they said sounds stoned. He didn’t sound stoned to me necessarily, but really disinterested, or like he’s delivering bad news.

Class schedule is as follows.

You’re really gonna hate this.

You will feed and water your dog upon awakening.

We are out of that product.

You will feed and water your dog after the pm lesson.

I really don’t feel like talking right now, but they’re making me.

You will relieve your dog after feeding.

Your flight has been delayed.

You will relieve your dog in the afternoons.

We are out of mashed potatos.

You will relieve your dog before bedtime.

This doesn’t hurt you as much as it does me.

You might relieve your dog up to 6 times a day.

After reviewing your bloodwork, I have some bad news.

It seriously cracks me up when he delivers a lecture. All the other people are pretty animated. But this guy sounds like all this is the most boring stuff ever. Like the professor in Ferris Beuller haha!

So when I meet him I’m gonna be like, hi, I know this will be a really depressing 3 weeks, but I’m up for the challenge.

The material is pretty interesting. It’ll definitely make more sense when it’s hands on. Like, they explain how to put the harness on and I’m like, huh?

Aside from the cds, I’ve gotten some stuff done in preparation. I cleared space off my iPod and downloaded two books. Might get some more. I called the airline, and my laptop is just fine as carry on, so that’s good. I called my apartment manager and told her I’m getting a guide dog. I was worried she might say something and I’ve have to pull out a can of ADA law, but she just said oh congratulations! So, she must know the laws. Phew. She did thank me for telling her. Our lease is up next month, I’m shocked. Feels like we just signed a lease. She sounded like she wasn’t sure we would re-sign and I’m like, well we’re not moving, and she sounded relieved lol. Don’t know why she would think we’re leaving.

I made plans with L to go to Target on Monday, so that’ll be good. Once I get the stuff I want, I can start packing. Packing? You’re not leaving for 27 days. I know. I like to be prepared =D

I also started asking questions on my list about the dorm rooms. I was just curious what they’re like. They sound pretty awesome! I’ll have 2 beds since they’re still built for roommates. They are double beds, score! A sink which will be good for my instant coffee, and a little water spout down near the ground for the doggy water. There’s a desk and chair. Oh yeah, I got the wireless passwords off the first audio cd they sent and stored them in a text file, so I’m good to go there. I’ll have my own bathroom right in my room, which is good. I was worried about stumbling in the hall. Basically it sounds like a hotel room. There are 2 doors, again from back when there were roommates, and a patio door with a fenced in patio, which will be nice for sipping decaf in the evenings.

There’s a lot of social activity in the dorms, but I need my quiet time, so I imagine in the evenings I’ll be in my room with poocher on the computer updating the blog.

So, I’m getting much more informed and closer to being prepared and it’s quite relaxing now, thinking about the whole thing.

Hopefully I’m getting my low spoon days out of the way now. I’m feeling really run down and my legs are really achy. I’m gonna go workout tomorrow and hope it helps a bit. Today I’ve just been relaxing.

I did manage to hang out with Carol and Chupa yesterday and I’m so glad I was able to push through it.

27 days, but who’s counting?


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13 Responses to Doggy Countdown – The Latest

  1. Nope you didn’t post this info, sounds really awesome! Don’t worry about putting on the harness, if the harness is anything like the one I use for James it’s wicked easy. Mine can either be put on with a buckle or a snap like a leash snap. I generally use the leash snap since it’s easier for my hands. I don’t know if GDB harnesses are like that but I bet they can’t be too difficult.

    You must be getting so excited! Heck I’m getting exicted for you LOL. Getting a dog really rocks.

  2. Ro

    I am getting uber excited hehe! In fact, I broke my amazon rule just now and ordered something really cool but that will have to wait until tomorro’s countdown post hehe!

  3. Ok, inquiring minds want to know! Who are your instructors and which one sounded stoned?? Knowing who most of the instructors are, I have 2 guesses as to who it is.

    and what books did you end up with?

    Happy packing! (I’m SO the opposite of you! I would be packing the day before I leave)

    Another aside. Many old school raisers jump on the chance to invite grads to dinner after graduation if you are staying the night. Why the heck does typing that make me teary?? I’m an emotional freak about all this when I have a dog on campus! Lol!

  4. Thanks for the info, I’ve always wondered how receiving a guide dog works.
    Though someone in our group for PUPPY RAISING almost did (he filled out the wrong application – he sent in one to RECIVE a guide dog, instead of RAISE a dog, he was wondering why there was some really odd questions on it!).

    The harness our school uses is quite easy – you put it over the dogs head, and snap one thing!
    Their is a buckle on the opposite side if you need to tighten/loosen the “girth” strap.

    I enjoy reading your progress through getting ready to receive your first guide dog, and can’t wait to hear more!

    Toby’s Trainer
    SEGDI Raiser

  5. Yes, I find it all very interesting!! Thanks for sharing it! Ha ha about the monotone-ish guy. It will be funny when you get to meet him. He might just be the most freewheeling party guy in the world in real life! 27 days–that’s less than 4 weeks!

  6. Ro

    Not sure I should post their names, but the one I’m referring to has a first name of Ben.

    That would be sweet to go out to eat after grad! And getting teary just means you are an affectionate person 🙂

    Hahaha about the guy almost applying for a guide dog. I can imagine the school’s surprise when they get a good eye report lol!!

    Crap, what else was said? I wish I had the comments and the reply form on the same page. Might need to start writing replies in a text edit document and copy and paste lol!

  7. The dorms are pretty nice! They are not new or anything but very roomy for one person and a special dog!

  8. Yeah the harness gets really easy. At first I was all confused cause ya have to slide the leash up out of it after you put it on, and I don’t even know how I managed to clip something on backwards when I had Babs, but I sure never did that again. One thing I did when I first got Trix was once I didn’t check for belly hair when I was buckling the buckles. She let out a little youch, and I never forgot to check again. Sorry boodog.

    Yeah I thought the rooms were pretty nice. I felt so pampered there as far as what we ate and our rooms. It was pretty cool.

  9. WOW – getting really excited to “meet” your new partner!!

  10. You crack me up! LOL! Now I want a copy of those CDs just so I can laugh at this guy. Maybe you should tell him he needs to redo his part of the lecture? Maybe he was reading off something. I know I sound a little less interested if I’m reading out loud rather than talking through a presentation.

  11. Crack me up!! That’s so who I was thinking of! I’m laughing so hard that the hubby thinks I’m going nuts!

    Dinner after graduation is great – graduation day is chaos!! Your dog is a complete nut because it’s raiser is there. You are freaking out because your dog is being a nut. The raiser is freaking out because a) they are seeing their baby again and b) because their baby is acting like a nut and they don’t want this to reflect poorly on them and c) they are just praying that this isn’t the last time they hear about their baby. You get together, say hello, get rushed off for pictures, maybe get a few more minutes together, you go out on stage then you sit through graduation, then you are in the dining room kind of on display for all the raisers friends and family to come say hello, along with all the random people that are around… I hope that doesn’t overwhelm you to think about! I left it as a big run on sentence because that’s what it feels like. It’s a great day, but all you want to do is sit and talk to the raiser but you can’t totally do it. Dinner after gives you a chance to breath. You can meet this person and hear more about your dog as a puppy. You get to hear about their daily life and all the things you can’t get to during graduation. So, I’m totally pro-dinner after graduation. And if your raiser doesn’t think of it, ask them about it. And if that doesn’t work, I will go with you and make up stories about your dog’s puppy hood! 😉

  12. I wish I could have gone out to dinner after. That’s exactly how it feels. Zoo zoo zooish. So much noise and people and people and noise.

  13. Ro

    I think they are all reading from something. I’m trying to think what this guy reminds me of. It’s like the guy that seems all serious and cut and dry but then he’ll crack a great joke and you’re shocked. You can just tell he’s got major personality but it just doesn’t come out while he’s reading lol!

    Cassie, wow I’m sooo excited for graduation now hahaha! I’ll remember not to freak about my dog getting crazy. You and Mimi should go eat too and then you can tell the raiser how I’ve been since you’ve known me on the blog hahaha!! I sure hope they want to go! Hahaha I’m just picturing me on display with my dog lol!!!

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