This morning we got to go have breakfast with a classmate from GDB, his wife and of course his guide dog. It was so great to see them again, in the real world haha! They live in San Diego, but were passing through on their way back from Texas. They arrived last night and the best time to get together was this morning before they hit the road. It just worked out perfectly because Dave had cancelled our lesson for this morning.
After I got myself ready this morning, I sat Jayden down and gave him a pep talk.
“I expect you to be on your best behavior today, ok? I know it’s going to be fun to see your friend from school, but don’t let her behave better than you, ok? Just be yourself and be the same great guide dog you’ve been. Be nice and good under the table and don’t run me into anything. I know you’ll be a good boy.”
Something like that hehe. I think he could tell I was excited this morning because when I held out the leash to relieve him before we left, he came running to the door. Then he was so excited to get the harness on. When they got here, they tooted the horn and we stepped out and I swear he smelled his classmate. He has never pulled me to the parking lot so fast haha! We got in the backseat and my friend and his guide dog were in the front seat. Both dogs got excited but settled down quickly and Jayden was thrilled to lay on the back seat with me, with permission of course.
We got to the diner, where Jayden has only been once, and both dogs did great and settled in nicely under the table. The way we positioned ourselves in the large booth, Jayden’s head faced away from his classmate, so they didn’t try playing at all under the table.
It was so great to sit and talk with my classmate and his wife. We caught each other up on life after school and man, if I thought Jayden was a power chewer, I was mistaken. My friend’s dog has destroyed Kongs and even Goughnuts in no time at all. Wow haha!
After we were through eating and talking, it was time for them to get back on the road, but we went outside and sat at the outdoor tables and took the dogs’ harness’ off. They were both still on leash and they both just stood there until we gave them permission, then they both went nuts hahahaha!!! It was soooo fun! At school we couldn’t let the dogs interact, so this was great. Both dogs were jumping and spinning in place even though they had their leashes on and were attached to us. At one point Jayden ran behind my chair and almost pulled me backward. I got to say hi to my friend’s dog finally and she was so cute, putting her paws on my legs and licking my face. She’s a tiny little black lab, so I could easily tell them apart.
The fun ended all too soon and we harnessed up the dogs again. Instantly back to business. We got back in the car and they dropped me off. Jayden got his frozen Kong and is now relaxing.
We’ve been invited to California any time to stay on their house boat, so we might just have to take them up on the offer. Jayden had too much fun playing and it really made me realize that I need to find him a guide dog budy to see on a regular basis.
Good times end too quickly, that’s for sure.