26 June 2011

Welcome Puppy # 8

Introducing Warsaw! He is a male black lab and so wicked adorable! He came home about noon today and we have been having a great time ever since. Heres a pic and we will have a better update later ( when Ive had some sleep...maybe but so far so good!)
Warsaw giving his sleepy serious face
O and I not only have one puppy I have TWO! I am watching another raisers new pup for the night til she can come and pick him up. The boys enjoy each other so its no big deal. They are so cute!
Getting the boys off of the van :-)

20 June 2011

W Puppy

Well I have been matched with a specific W pup! I am so excited! My RM will be bringing the puppy back with her on Saturday when she comes back up from the school. So my dear blog readers you have until Saturday to participate in the puppy name game. You can guess name color sex and breed! If you have already guessed and want to change your guess you are more then welcome to. I can tell you that no one that has guessed so far has gotten it 100% correct so feel free to guess again!

01 June 2011

Its that time again...

For the Puppy Name Game! I took a bit of a break after Kilroy's release to get him all settled in to the routine of being a pet vs being a PIT. I am now happy to announce that I have my name on the list to receive puppy number 8 who will be ready to go in about 20 days! So now my blog readers (if there are any of you left) it is up to you. You are able to guess breed (lab, golden or shepherd), sex, color and name! The litter letter is W. There will be a prize for whoever comes up with the most correct response. Good luck! I am interested to see what W names you all come up with :-)

26 May 2011

The End to a Journey

Kilroy came to the end of his journey as a Puppy in Training in April. Those of you on facebook already know that. He has a medical issue that does not allow him to become a guide. Disappointing? YES! So much potential! Such a willingness to please and a drive to work. He was a star when we were out places. Heartbreaking? NO! As now Kilroy and I get to start a new journey! One in which we get to put his willingness to please and drive to work into practice in new ways. I have lots of plans for our new journey together and he is already enjoying some of the perks of being a pet dog like sleeping on the bed and playing without the hindrance of a long line :-) I LOVE this dog and am so glad that his place in life was to be right here with me forever!

Kilroy got to spend his 1st Birthday on Tuesday playing outside chasing his tennis ball and got to have a special treat! Hes such a spoiled little man :-)

30 July 2010

Its All In The Name:

I dont know how many of you have seen or heard of the old "Kilroy was Here" doodle that was made famous during WWII. I had heard of it but had no idea of the whole meaning behind it. Some one was kind enough to send me an email which explains the whole "Kilroy was Here" thing. So here you go:
" Anyone born in the mid thirties knew Kilroy. We didnt know why but we had lapel pins with his nose hanging over the label and the top of his face above his nose with hands hanging over the label too. I believe it was orange in color. No one knew why he was so well known but we all joined in! Kind of a war story and now we know!
A carving of "Kilroy Was Here" found on the Washington DC WWII Monument
Who the heck was Kilroy?
In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program, "Speak to America," sponsored a nationwide contest to find the REAL Kilroy, offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article.
Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but only James Kilroyfrom Halifax, Massachusetts, had evidence of his identity.
Kilroy was a 46 year old shipyard worker during the war who worked as a checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy. His job was to go around and check on the number or rivets completed. Riveters were on piecework and got paid by the rivet.
Kilroy would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn't be counted twice. When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark.
Later on, an off-shoft inspector would come through and count the rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters.
One day Kilroy's boss called him into his office. The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid to the riveters, and asked him to investigate. It was then he realized ehat had been going on.
The tight spaces he crawled into to check the rivets didn't lend themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided to stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his checkmark on each job he inspected, but added KILROY WAS HERE in king-sized letters nest to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the chap with the long nose peering over the fence and that became part of the Kilroy message. Once he did that, The riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks.
Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint. With the war on, however, ships were leavin the Quincy Yard so fast that there wasn't time to paint them. As a result, Kilroy's inspection "trademark" was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced. His message appearently rang a bell witht he servicemen, because they picked it up and spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific.
Before war's end, "Kilroy" had been here, there, and everywhere on the long hauls to Berlin and Tokyo.
To the troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that some jerk named Kilroy had "been there first." As a joke, U.S. servicemen began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.
Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always "already been" wherever GIs went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable ( it is said to be atop Mt. Everest, the Statue of Liberty, the underside of Arc De Triomphe, and eevn scrawled in the dust on the moon.)
As the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams routnely sneaked ashore on Japenese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain for coming invasions but U.S. troops ( and thus, presumably, were the first GI's there). On one occasion, however, they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo. In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill at the Potsdam conference. Its first occupant was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide (in Russian), "Who is Kilroy?"
To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought alon officials from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the trolley car, which he gave to his nine children as a Christmas gifr and set it up as a playhouse in the Kilroy front yard in Halifax, Massachusetts."
Interesting stuff! I have also found that his name means: Son of Gilroy (red, young). The red and the young part fit just fine...son of Gilroy not so much! We are very mcuh looking forward to our adventures together and yes we plan on leaving little notes saying "Kilroy was here!" as we go along :-) Our version of the old doodle

25 July 2010


Kilroy is a Male Golden Retriever. He is the first born of 8 puppies. He has 5 brothers and 2 sisters. I actually got to go to Guiding Eyes and pick him up! It was a great trip! I brought back and delivered 9 other puppies to their raisers! Puppies inclueded Joel and his brothers and 2 of Kilroy's siblings. What a fantastic experience! Kilroy is settling in great! He is quiet in the crate and has been sleeping ~5 hours give or take (mostly take) and will go potty and come back in and go back to sleep. We are doing really well on sit (for food and doors as well as just plain sit) and walking on a loose lead. He already has stairs ( a full set up AND down) under his belt which is quite impressive for 8 weeks. He is such a fun little man. I am so honored to be able to watch him grow!
The winner of the name contest is Megan and Picassa! She correctly guessed the sex and the breed and she also correctly guessed a sibling name. Since no one correctly guessed Kilroys name and I had multiple guesses for male Golden to determine a winner I added sibling names too. Congrats Megan! I will be contacting you shortly :-)

19 July 2010

Off we go!

The car is packed...well its full of crates of various sizes. Suitcases and supplies will be packed in the morning then it is off to GEB!!! I am so excited I can hardly wait!! Thursday is the big day. I will be picking up my next puppy ( and a few others that are hitching a ride with me =] )and headed home to start the journey again. Keep your guesses coming guys. I have a few outside people with guesses too. Cant wait to meet my new little one. See you all soon!!

14 July 2010

We have a letter!!

Puppy Number 7 will be arriving next Thursday! Litter letter is K so let the name guesses begin. I am going to try and get a prize for the winner (who ever comes closest with name/breed/sex). So keep guessing the breed and sex as well as names that start with K. You have until I post Thursday or Friday next week so have fun! GEB people: you can guess you just wont get anything for it as you have an unfair advantage :p

03 July 2010

Its July!!

Well it is officially July. Happy 4th of July tomorrow everyone!!! In just a few short weeks puppy #7 should be arriving, if everything goes as planned. To say im excited is an understatment!! Anyway, since arrival is rapidly approaching I thought I would open up the comments for guesses of breed, color and sex. I will give you a letter for guesses soon!! Your breed choices are lab, golden, shepherd and glab (what we at GEB call golden lab crosses). Happy Guessing!

10 June 2010

Long Time No Blog

Well it has been a while since the last blog. Its hard to keep up with blogging when you dont have a dog to blog about. So quick update...

I have been in contact with Indiana and his new family. They are thrilled with him and he is settling in very nicely :) They have invited me to come and visit when I am in the area. He is proving what an awesome dog he became. I am so proud of him and how far he came. He has a wonderful family and an excellent begining to a fantastic life. I cant wait to see what adventures are instore.

Glacier and Anna have been a team for a year now. They are doing fantastic! I hear from them at least once a month. It warms my heart to hear the stories and know that Glacier is doing what she was born to do. They are woderful together. I know that I have said it before and I am positive I will say it again but I could not have asked for a better match.

In puppy news...I am hoping to get puppy #7 in July if things work out as planned. I am super excited. It has been a long 6 months since Indiana has left. I am thankful for the break but am definately ready to get back into the world of raising. I will keep everyone informed and as time gets closer I will let everyone guess breed sex and name :) I think that is all for now.