Yellsea's biggest problem as a puppy was that she would pee. When I say pee I mean that she would go on the floor or in her crate approximately 2 minutes after we came in from outside. The most frustrating thing about it was that she would give no warning signals and if she went in her kennel she would just lay in it. It was pretty much like she did not even know that she was doing it as I caught her once peeing and laying down. We had many tests done to make sure that she did not have a UTI or any other medical explanation for her problem which all came back negative. Other then this she was a great little puppy and I was happy when she just seemed to one day out grow her pee problem at about 6 moths old. Raising Yellsea was a great experience. It brought me a lot closer to the puppy raising program. I was able to keep in touch not only with Finesse's foster but also got periodic updates from Yarmouth, Yorktown and Yolette(photos in order).It was great to be able to talk to litter mates and see the progress of each of them and compare and contrast as well as get ideas on how to conquer different behaviors. I was also a part of a yahoo puppy raisers list and met Sarah, Jamie, and many other raisers and graduates. With Yellsea I began to come out of my shell more. I know that with every puppy you get stoped and asked questions about the dog and the program but with Yellsea these questions were multiplied by 3 at least and she doesn't even have the most noticeable B&T markings! I started becoming more active in my region. Faith and I ran the periodic puppy class to give my AC a chance to work her own dog for a change and we began helping out at Evals. Faith and I were invited to go to GEB and work at Eye Clinic (I will have a post to explain this ASAP!). April brought the sadness of Wren being released from training but when she came home she immediately fell in love with Yellsea and they were inseparable. They would even go into the same kennel when told to kennel! In May we traveled down to GEB with my AC and 2 team member to work with the broods and studs for the weekend. It was awesome. I got to meet the Director of the Canine Development Center (CDC-Yes I know what else CDC is short for and I didn't name it) and the Director of Breeding and placement. I also got to meet Sarah in person as she also volunteered to help at Eye Clinic and I got to meet Miss Finesse and her Foster. What an awesome experience to see how thing work not only outside of the region but outside of the puppy raising program its self. Not long after we got back one of my favorite lady's had Yellsea on a home switch in May of 05 and I had her BEAUTIFUL golden retriever Taffy. Everything was great until the day before we were supposed to switch back. I got a horrible phone call from my AC saying that Roberta was killed in a car accident and she had a dog in the car with her at the time. I was devastated. I sat with Taffy in my lap and cried for hours. My boyfriend and my friend tried to get me to tell them what happened, as I was at my boyfriends house when I got the call but I could speak. Roberta was a mentor for me AND she had my puppy. It took a while for them to figure out which dog was in the car with her when she was killed but it was finally determined that it was her dog Lincoln. I was very relieved to get my dog back but I was very worried about what would happen to her Taffy. My AC finished Taffy. She was released at IFt and was adopted by Roberta's daugher. My grandfather also died in May. Yellsea went with my family and my boyfriend up to Syracuse to be with my grandmother for a few days and for the funeral. She was excellent with all the people and worked well for both my boyfriend and I. June started the 4-H dog show circuit. I kept my fingers crossed the whole time that she would not come into heat and she didn't. Yellsea and I participated in 5 dogs shows and she got a 100 in each show. August we got the opportunity to meet up with Finesse and her foster in Delhi. We worked around the school and then went out to dinner. The next day I was scheduled to work at a baseball game in Rochester. It just happened to be Yellsea's 1st birthday and she got to see her brother Yorktown. At State Fair, I got to know another young GEB raiser from the Central NY region who was raising her first puppy Osaka. Yellsea and Osaka participated in the dog show. They did well. Yellsea and Osaka also spent lots of time hanging out with Wren in the cynology booth that we run for the full 2 week fair. August also brought on Yellsea's first birthday and Wren's 2nd.
Yellsea was returned to the training school in August. It was not her fault and they were sure that she would be matched again soon. Her training reports were sketchy. She was having some pull issues and would also veer to the left. She was bounced from trainer to trainer as they could not find a match for her. Her reports continued to sound hopeful but reading between the lines she needed some work. Yellsea's buddy Brian changed his career multiple times: from a guide back to GEB training to Canada guide back to GEB and finally retired. We swear that Yellsea and Brian-s talked about how to make their raiser impatient and draw out their stay as long as possible. Only about 2 weeks after Brian was retired, March 8th I got the phone call that Yellsea had chosen the same option. She was just tired of it and who could blame her. She had been in training for a year. I was heart broken. My AC had already know that I would not be taking her back but she offered again. I wavered on the idea of taking her back. It was a really difficult decision but I knew that it would not be fair to her to take her back. If circumstanced had been different I would have taken her in a heart beat. I called Faith to tell her the news and found out more horrible news to add to the bad day. My GSD buddy Dave-s (second puppy raised by Faith) had died that day. I couldn't believe it! He was only 3 - the same age and best buddy to Wren. it was devastating. Well when Yellsea was retired they were looking at another career for her and thought that the National Service Dogs in Canada would be cool. I, of course researched it. What an awesome place. It is for children with autism so that they have a buddy and can lead relitavely normal lives. She would be perfect for that I thought. She loved kids and was a patient dog. Well I got news a few weeks later that that option did not work out and she had been adopted. I could not be more pleased with her new family. They are keeping in touch with me and she has a little boy to play with. What could be more perfect! They all look very happy!Yellsea is truely the one I named my blog after. It was deffinately a rollercoster rider with her. Frustration, joy, sadness elation and many may other emotions in between. I wouldnt give the experience up for the world. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome.