Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Great Grandma Shawn's 11th Birthday party!

We celebrated Great-Grandma Shawn's (CCI Chandra's) Birthday party! She turned 11 years old on March 30th. We requested that guests bring toys for the Advanced Training dogs in NW and we will deliver them at the May graduation! Hopefully Battier will get to play with them in training!

Great-Grandma Shawn and Aunt Omeeka (Blaze III x Chandra) - Both retired Breeders 

Battier and Mingo with Isaacson looking on! 

Battier and Skilled Companion Mingo 

Puppy pool time! 

Someone has a cookie!

Homemade frosty paws...peanut butter, carrots and yogurt. 

Waiting for the "Okay" 

The birthday group! 
Cara, Luna, Omeeka, Isaacson, Idina, Shawn, Cheyenne, Dani, Battier, Beamer and Summer..Not pictured: Elsie and Mingo. 

TIRED puppy. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Big Dog tennis court distraction class

Tonight we had Big Dog class on the tennis court. This is our distraction class. The dogs did great on down-stays while toys were being thrown and a new CCI puppy walked around. We also would do commands off leash and without any equipment on. 

Down-stay after a release. 

RELEASE! Battier and Louis reunited after a week. 

Battier, Shawn and Niobe

Down-stays with distractions! Nilight, Battier in the back..Sheriff and Opal. 

Tugging the toy! 

Such a pretty girl! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

200 days until DOG FEST WALK 'N ROLL!

DOG FEST SACRAMENTO is 200 days away! 

Join my team today!! We are looking forward to the 2nd annual Dog Fest in Sacramento! 

Click HERE to join my team! 

Did you know it takes approximately $50,000 to breed, raise and train a Canine Companions for Independence dog before they are placed with their Graduate? This is made possible by generous donations. 

Come out to our fun filled event and celebrate Canine Companions for Independence! Our 5k walk and roll is accessible for all. We also will have fun dog activities! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Disneyland and California Adventures!

Wow, what a great experience! We spent Friday afternoon-Sunday AM at Disneyland and California Adventures! The dogs: Battier, Louis and Destry were fantastic!! The did well on the rides and with all the crowds. Most people understood that the puppies were working and would either ask to pet or just ask to take a picture of them.

We went on the ferris wheel at California Adventures for our first ride and they were awesome! We had 4 people and 3 dogs and they stayed in their downs unless we told them a different command. Battier did lap and seemed to enjoy looking out. We went on the stationary car and not the one that rocks! 

California Adventures does not have a lot of rides that the dogs can join on, but they do have a lot of great picture opportunities! 

Saturday at Disneyland was pretty busy since it's around Spring Break and there was also a big USA Nationals Cheer competition in Anaheim pretty close to Disneyland. 

We took the dogs on Pirates, Small World, Jungle Cruise, Buzz Lightyear and the train the goes around the park. They did very well. It was all their first time on boats and they went right on without any problems.  

We made sure that we were back at the hotel by the time the fireworks went off for the safety of the dogs. We were about a block away at our hotel and we could hear them and they were loud! 

Setting up the dogs for a picture with the castle in the morning...

Then this happened! 

Battier was doing an UP when Ariel came to give her a hug. 

Pluto let Battier check out his bed! 

Break time was definitely necessary for the dogs and for us! 

Goofy was ready for a walk. 

USA Nationals Cheer competition was in Anaheim this weekend, we asked this group for a picture. 

Another group saying hi to the puppies at California Adventures. 

We sent them to the dog pound at Toon Town! 

This is what happens when we set up the dogs for a photo...they were very popular at Disneyland. 

Back to Sacramento we go! 

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Disneyland has been so much fun! I will be posting photos when I get back home on Sunday night!

For now, enjoy a few!

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