Doggy School – If not for Jayden

If I didn’t love my dog, I couldn’t have made it through this. I’m so, so exausted. Can you imagine if I hadn’et been working out? Ugh. We had our exit interviews today, and I suggested that it be made more clear that if we need to take time off, it’s not going to ruin our training or our dog’s training. The healthy people are exausted, so for those of us with anything physical, it’s almost too much if you don’t know you can slow down. So, hopefully my experience will help others down the road.

We did a country road today, which is really similar to a road near home and I had Jay wear the booties. He walked pretty well in them. That’s all I’m gonna say about that experience. Jayden did fine. I would have done fine. I’m sure it’ll be fine at home on the road that I’m used to. That was pretty much the last of what I wanted and needed to learn. Thank God.

I can’t wait to get home to B and the cats and I can’t wait to have Dave again. His temperment fits me perfectly as a teacher. Calm. Cool. Collected. Never lets his frustration show. No wonder I’ve been so successful with him. I can’t wait to get back to working with Dave.

I can’t wait to see Gamma. It’ll have to be next Sunday since I’m traveling this Sunday. I can’t wait to get back into my phone routines. I’ve been so exausted that talking on the phone wears me out. So I’m pretty much only talking to Gamma and B.

I’m glad this isn’t four weeks, but I have to wonder if I would have gotten this exausted with the old schedule. I hear there was a lot more down time in that schedule. But it’s also nice to only be away from home for three weeks. I just have to say I want to work Jayden for at least 12 years because man, I don’t know if I could do this again.

I’m certainly not trying to diswade anyone from going to guide dog school. I would say though, to really know your limitations and really have the courage to put your foot down. That was something I was lacking in my first two weeks and I think that’s why I’m in the condition I’m in now.

But, Jayden makes it all worth it. I just had him off tie down because normally he just sleeps at my feet, but he grabbed his bone and started flying around the room lol! Now he’s on his fleece chewing it calmly. We had a nice grooming session just before I sat down to write. That is so calming.

Tomorrow is Miur Woods or however it’s spelled and I can’t decide if I’m going. I’m just kinda done, if you know what I mean. It’s a 45 minute bus ride on a winding road. Just don’t know if I’m up for it. Will I regret it if I don’t go? Or what if I push through and do it and am dead on grad day? Ack, just don’t know.

I just can’t wait to get my Jaybay home. Oh yeah, since I call him Jaybay, I have him a middle name of Bailey hehe! Jayden Bailey. Cute eh?


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6 Responses to Doggy School – If not for Jayden

  1. Aww.. I feel for you Ro, I hope you can make it through the next few days. As for Mir Woods, If you get motion sickness don’t go haha. I got so sick on the drive up there and back. And its ok but honestly its just a big forest lol. I think Darrell liked it. Its nature so its really nice and there is a tree you can touch but if I had the chance I don’t think I would go again.. Thats just my opinion though. If you feel up to it its actually a really nice walk but yeah.. Do what your body tells you to do.

  2. Aww you poor thing. Almost there. Tomorrow you’ll get the great big binder and things will wrap up. Yeah I was tired by the end of four weeks, I can’t imagine doing it in three.

    Well Muir Woods isn’t spectacular, it’s just peaceful. After going through all the crowds and weird curbs and weird things, it was nice to just walk with my dog. The cool part about it is there’s a boardwalk-like trail that isn’t all overgrown with stuff. Ask a nurse if they can go with you so you can stop if you spill your spoons. Hahaha! I just got a vision of silverware falling into a fountain. I don’t know why. But then you can enjoy what you can and not get completely killed.

    I’m glad you spoke up at your exit interview. They need to know that kind of stuff.

    You poor thing. You’ve really been through the war.

  3. I’m sorry the experience has been so exhausting for you, but you are almost there! Better late than never to figure out that you can speak up for yourself though. Keep your eye on the prize, and soon you will be back home with your beautiful boy!

    I can’t tell you whether or not you should go to Muir Woods, but I can tell you that I have been and loved it! It is very peaceful and quiet, and I bet after all that rain the wonderful smells will be even more powerful. But I can also see wanting to save energy for graduation. Tough call!

    P.S. It looks like my parents are moving back to your home town (putting an offer in on a house this week), so maybe someday we can meet in person (and in dog too, I am sure!)!

  4. So glad the end is near! It will be so nice to get back home and settled in to your routine. I love Muir Woods, but you need to listen to your body and see what it feels like tomorrow.

  5. I think you answered your own question. You’re exhausted. Don’t push tomorrow.

  6. L^2

    Hang in there, Ro! Only a couple more days, and then you can get all rested up when you and Jayden get home. I hope you have/had a great day today, no matter what you decided to do.

    Also, just in case I’m slow at reading posts again, I’ll tell you now: Happy Graduation Day! 🙂

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