Doggy Diaries – No phone call for Christmas

So I got an email instead:


We are pleased to confirm that your application for a Guide Dog has been accepted and a place is reserved for you in our San Rafael three week class that begins Monday, February 15 and graduates Saturday, March 6, 2010.
Yay!!!!!!!!!! Words cannot express how excited I am!! Wow!!!!

So, of course I had to look up the puppy pool results. So far, tied for the lead are:

February 15 Carin, Maddie and Toby

No one is out of the running though, as there are so many other factors. To refresh your memory, here are the pool results.

Everyone said I’d get a phone call, Don included. Then people on my email list said I wouldn’t hear until the holidays were over. Today I’ve just been crocheting and tracking packages and ambled over to check my email and the subject line said “Guide Dogs for the Blind”. I arrowed over to listen to the name and didn’t recognize it and when I opened the message, I had to listen like 3 times before it sunk in! They are sending a packet of info with a cd of class lectures and suggested things to pack. My travel arrangements will be made soon. And I go to San Rafael for 3 weeks on February 15th. I’m just in shock! This means I’ll be back in time for choir to start up, and for my friend’s baby shower. Wow!!!

Carin, I told GDB to notify me in time so you’d have this post and emails for Christmas hahaha!!!

Yayaya!!! My pooch is waiting for me at school as I write this. Wow. I wonder who it is? Wow!!!


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35 Responses to Doggy Diaries – No phone call for Christmas

  1. Congratulations! Can’t wait for your adventure to begin together. Class will be here before you know it. – lurkers Mandy and PIT Cancun

  2. Ro

    Welcome! Lurker, I like that haha!

  3. L^2

    Yay! Congratulations, Ro! That’s fantastic news! And this makes a very nice early birthday gift too, right? 🙂

  4. Ro

    Yeah, I meant to write “No phone call for Christmas, and email for birthday instead” lol but I forgot and I can never seem to edit posts properly once they’re posted 😉

  5. YAYAYA! I’m so excited for you Ro!!! Thats so awesome and I can’t wait to hear about your experience over there! But dang! My month didn’t get it lol. Hopefully every single one of my other guesses are right lol.

  6. Oh and I guess since you got your present early you can get your birthday wish early too! lol. Happy Birthday!!

  7. Ro

    Haha thanks!!

    I think I’m still in shock. Now the nerves are starting. Traveling alone, leaving the cats, leaving B, wow! Freaky!!

  8. Congratulations!! Can’t wait to hear out about your training experience and your new dog!

  9. ConGratu’u’u’u’u’u’u’u’u’u’u’u’u’u’ulations!!!!!!!! That is sooooooooooooooooo coooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!

    You’ll have to bring your laptop if you can have internet access to keep us all updated!!!!! When i read the subject, i thought “Oh no!!!!!!!!!!”, but i couldn’t have been prepared for what i heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay!!!!!!!!
    ake care, xoxoxooxoxoxooxox. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

  10. YEAH!!!!! That’s Awesome news!!! You must be on top of the world!!!! I would be bouncing off the roof tops!! It’ll be so great. I hope you love having a dog. I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures at school and with your new pal!

  11. I am SO excited for you!! Reading this made my day! Hearing which class I was in for my first guide is a lasting memory for me… wow, 13 years ago! Super excited for you.

  12. That’s great news!!! (Even though I am now behind in the puppy pool!) HA HA!!! Congrats!

  13. WOOHOO!!!!! Congrats Ro!!! Now calm down (as if) And have a Wonderful Birthday! I won’t be around much tomorrow so I’m wishing you a happy b-day tonight!
    See I said a prayer for you to receive a SPECIAL Birthday gift, and you got TWO! Matching pillows and your GREAT news!!!!

    Best of luck to you!!!



    p.s. you and my dad share the
    same b-day! 🙂

  14. Woo hoooooooo!!! So exciting! I can’t wait to come to your graduation, Ro, and meet your new guide. February 15 is just a “blink” away!

  15. Ro

    Thanks JayNoi! I was feeling all depressed about my birthday and now it’s reclaimed 🙂

    Thanks everyone for the excitement! I feel everyone’s excitement right along with mine, so cool!

    Torie, I’ll have wireless in the dorms. I guess sometimes people ahve issue with it, so hopefully it’ll work. They have a computer lab, but they’re all Windows so I’ll be lost if my Apple won’t connect. In that event, I’ll keep a journal to save for upload.

    Oh, and I purposely wanted suspense in my subject line, so I’m glad it worked 😉

  16. Ro

    Mimi, you’re going to go to the graduation??? Really???? Wow!!!! You’re that close???

  17. Good luck in class! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to ‘meet’ your new guide!

  18. Ro! We might come home with our puppies on the same day. Well they told me they are trying for the spring. Darrell tells me thats March 21st or something but I’m hoping for earlier. For now I’m doing boarding and puppy sitting. That’s what the funky post titles are about. Oh hey, there is a special message on one of my new posts for you (kind of). Go check it out!

  19. Yippy!! But, I must say that Poppy is bummed to be out of the running. She’ll barely be back on campus by the time class starts! Ha! Congrats!! And I hope to get to graduation too (I’ll be sitting with Mimi, probably. hehe)

  20. I can’t wait to hear all about your training adventures and know who your lucky pup is. It’s so close!! CONGRATS!!

  21. Sweeeeeeeeeet! Glad you got your call!

    Have fun with all the nerves and jitters. I can tell you from watching Carin that they don’t really go away, but I guess it’s all part of the fun and the whole experience.

    And happy birthday from me and Carin. She’s not back yet, that will likely be late today.

  22. Ro

    Thanks everyone! Poppy, I can’t wait to meet you!!

    Stever, tell the wee small one that she better write me asap lol. Actually I guess I can give her time to relax 😉 I’ve missed the hell outta that one. Amazing how we form such bonds over the airwaves. Thanks for the birthday wishes!!

    If I didn’t personally address you, my apolgies. I can’t see the comments as I’m writing a comment, and my scatterbrain makes me forget 😉

  23. Lol I’ll make sure to tell her that. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil the good news, I’ll let either you in person or the blog break it to her.

    Oh, and you’ll be happy to know that she texted me about an hour and a half ago to say that she’s on the road home, so happy birthday again.

  24. YAY!!!! I’m so excited I don’t even know what to say! I knew there was something good about February 15th! Maybe because it’s the day after my brothers 13th birthday.
    I’m freaking out so I can’t even imagine how you feel! This is AMAZING! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  25. Wow, congrats!!
    I can’t wait to “meet” him/her!

    Hope you take some pictures of him/her, and post them on the blog!
    When do you find out more info on the dog? When you get to the school, or sooner??

    Toby’s Trainer
    SEGDI Raiser

  26. Ro

    Haha sweet!!! I wonder if I should email her with this post. There’s no telling if she’ll see that or the gdb lounge list first. I’ll email her with the link here and hope she reads that before anything else. Thanks Steve!!

  27. Ro

    Ok I’ve emailed her with the link. The subject said “read this before the lounge or the blog”. I made it sound like it could be bad hahaha! Tell her to find the email from me sent today before she reads anything heheheheeh! Am I evil?

  28. Ro

    Maddie, I can’t help but think about Gabrina. I’d hate for her to sit and wait for me, but since she was still in 8, I mean, gosh, it’s possible isn’t it???

  29. Definitely email the link. She always checks her inbox before everything else so if you don’t want the list to spoil it that’s the way to go.

  30. Ro

    Excellent. That’s what I did. Hopefully no one emailed her off list before she sees it. Hehe!!

  31. Ro

    Toby I forgot to answer your question. I won’t find out anything about my dog until I meet her/him. The school questioned me extensively about my lifestyle and such. So I’m sure they’ve been looking at who they have and who will be ready in February. I didn’t have any preferences as far as sex go or anything. I told Don I wear a lot of dark clothing though lol!! So, all I know is it will be a lab or lab/golden. And I know he or she is in formal training at this very moment, wow!

  32. You did make it sound bad, you little goofball you. I was holding my breath, I thought something horrible happened. Then I read the post and shrieked. Yeeeeeee! You made it. You’ll be there before you know it! Hehehe! I have no other words that aren’t nonsensical babble noises. So I’ll just leave it at this.

  33. Ro

    Hehehehehe I kept chuckling after I sent you that email 😉 Thank Steve for keeping the mystery alive hehe! You’re back, you’re back!

  34. I know I can’t help but think that it might be Gabrina too! I mean after all she is STILL in phase 8. This is the 5th week! She must be waiting for you! :D! It would be so exciting if you got her. Then I would get to come to your graduation and her graduation! I am up for a trip over the mountains to sunny Cali :).

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