Saturday, October 18, 2014

1 week until Dog Fest!!

Dog Fest Walk 'N Roll is almost here!! We can't believe that it's a week away! Lots of work has been put into making Dog Fest fun. There will be Service Dog, Puppy in Training and K-9 demos, Agility demo and course for your dog to try, vendors, food trucks, live music by Vince Vicari and the emcee is our friend and KCRA anchor Lisa Gonzales!

Halloween Costume Contest! 
1. Best Human/Dog team
2. Most Creative
3. Funniest
Each category will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Then the 1st place of the 3 categories will be judged and 1 will be selected as Best in Show. 

Monday morning we will be on KCRA at 8am! Tune in to channel 58. 

There's still time to join Battier's team. We're getting closer to raising $1,200. Click here to go to Battier's page.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dog Cam!

Check out the GoPro Dog Cam! First on Battier and then on Reisig an 11 year old CCI Facility Dog. The dogs all had a great time playing!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Battier!!

Battier had an awesome 1st Birthday today! We had a puppy party on the tennis court with some of her dog friends. They played for a little over an hour and had homemade Frosty Paws! I blended yogurt, peanut butter and carrots together and added a carrot sprinkle to the top! The dogs LOVED them. Good news for Battier and Shawn is I have left overs for tomorrow.

The 15th of the month pose. 

Shawn 10.5 years and Battier 1 year. 

Reisig (FD), Ralene, McKenzie (Breeder), Minerva (Breeder), Sabina (Breeder), Azuki, Shawn (Breeder) and Battier. 


Homemade Frosty Paws! 

Reisig, Battier, Shawn, McKenzie, Ralene, Sabina, Azuki, Minerva and Frolic. 

Battier the Birthday Girl! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CCI demo for Girl Scouts

Tonight we had fun doing a demo on Canine Companions for Independence for a local Girl Scout troop! Nancy with Service Dog Becky and John with Hearing Dog Courtney joined us for the presentation! It was awesome. The girls asked a lot of great questions and definitely enjoyed our visit.  Becky is 11 years old and will be retiring soon. Courtney is 5 years old. 

Becky meeting a new friend. 

Picking up a banana and not poking a hole in it! CCI dogs are taught how to hold things gently. 

John and Courtney demonstrating Hearing Dog work. John brought a door bell, timer and he dropped some items that Courtney alerted to. 

Battier getting some love after the demo. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A busy Sunday!

The Sacramento Kings are in China for the NBA Global Games! We had to stay up late to watch JT play! This was the first time Battier's been on the couch, invited up of course. It's good training for the dogs to know that they can only get on the couch when invited. She never begs to get up and she listens well when I tell her it's time to get off. 

Today Battier had puppy class. She did VERY well! We practiced on the dog kibble. This can be tough for some dogs since they're not sure if they should walk on the food or not. Battier was awesome! She didn't care that there was food on the ground and she did all her commands that I asked her to. This picture is of her waiting with kibble on her feet. 
We also had a little competition. First we had to have the dogs do a down without any type of body cue of eye contact. Battier was a champ, but it was tough for some of the puppies. We also practiced auto-sits without any eye contact. The only thing I need to work a little more on with Battier is her commands in the "Side" position. Battier won a new toy for winning the down contest.

After class Battier and Shawn went swimming at our friends house and they loved it! With the weather cooling off they probably won't have too many more opportunities to swim this year.

We came home and watched football! Battier and Shawn had to stay on their bed until they dried. We went and played on the tennis court at halftime.

Then we went to Thunder Valley...I put in $20 and was down to about $3 when I hit this! Battier was great with all the people and sounds at the casino. I donated some of the winnings to Battier's Dog Fest team! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

2 weeks!

We're only 2 weeks away from Dog Fest Walk 'N Roll!! We're really looking  forward to this great event for Canine Companions for Independence! I am the Publicity Committee Chair and our whole committee has put in a lot of work to make this a great event! 

Dog Fest will be a 5k walk and roll plus a big celebration! There will be service dog demos, puppy demonstrations, K-9 demo, vendors, live music, dog adoptions and more! We have some great CCI graduate guest speakers lined up as well! 

Music by Vince Vicari and emcee of our event is KCRA's Lisa Gonzales

We would love for you to join Battier's team! We've passed our original goal, but any donation is very much appreciated! Canine Companions for Independence places service dogs free of charge all from generous donations! If you would like to join our team, click here: Battier's Team

Battier's goal is to graduate and get her blue vest! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

"Lunch with Lisa"

Today we went to Cadillac to get an oil change and we saw our friend Lisa Gonzales on KCRA! Had to snap a picture for "Lunch with Lisa". 

Battier is such an awesome puppy! Definitely one of my best!