Guide Dog Pup, Morgan
Guide Dog Pup Morgan is a golden Labrador who sprung and sprinted into our lives in Hobart in December 2016. What an energetic and delightful Christmas present!
She arrived with her brother, Murphy. She lives in Hobart with her Puppy Raisers and they are always out and about to ensure she is a well-adjusted, well-behaved dog with good health and a good temperament. She is just the cutest little button and loves to torment the other dogs in the household. They tolerate her.
Morgan and Murphy were purchased and brought to Tasmania through a generous donation from the Commercial Travelers’ Association of Tasmania Inc. We say a great big pawesome thank you!
Sometimes, we can’t stand how adorable she is!
Since my last doggy-bloggy entry, I have joined the training group of dogs in Launceston. It was a bit sad leaving my Puppy Raiser, but I know that he is very proud of me for getting to this stage. I’m nearing the completion of my 20 walk temperamental assessment, and I’m told I’m a very sweet girl. Surely that counts for something, right?!
February saw the start of another University of Tasmania semester, so my Puppy Raiser – who works there – and I were back on campus. I couldn’t wait to show off my new trick of pausing before going up and down stairs. We started playing a little game where I would get heaps of praise each time I got it right, and it wasn’t long before it stuck!
When I’m in work mode it’s not all hard work though. I like stretching out in the front of the room and dosing off to my Puppy Raiser’s boring lectures on business stuff. I also like going to work because there are heaps of cuddles from students before and after class when my orange training coat is off. Sometimes I think they show up to see me, but then again, I am cute.
I have had heaps of fun walking up at Knocklofty Reserve with my Puppy Raising family. It’s great because I can wander through the bush and explore all the great smells. But as soon as the whistle is blown, I know it’s time to find them and I come running. This is especially fun because my Puppy Raiser has found a new liver treat that I really like. I think the regular walks in the bush are doing my Puppy Raiser some good and he has actually lost a few kilos. Just one of the benefits of caring for a Guide Dog pup, I guess!
Hi again everyone!
2017 was a big year for me. I have spent about five months with my new Puppy Raiser and we are getting on like a house on fire. When I first arrived I was very much in my rebellious teenage years so my Puppy Raiser had to keep his shoes on top of the wardrobe, and I really didn’t like it when he went out bike riding and didn’t take me. I managed to cut a deal with my Puppy Raiser that I could stay in the house and listen to the radio for an hour, which has made staying home on my own much more enjoyable. For being good I have enjoyed trips to Knocklofty Reserve and Marieville Esplanade so I can play with my doggie mates. This is my favourite thing, so much so that I sometimes forget to listen to instructions (oops).
The Guide Dog team have been really supportive of my Puppy Raiser and I, as both of us continue to learn and grow. I have also been boarding; that is when I go and stay for a little while with another family who also know all the Guide Dog Puppy rules. Sometimes it is fun going to different houses and different areas to get acquainted with.
Talk to you next time. In the meantime, remember to have fun!
The big news for me is that I turned one! My Puppy Raiser made sure I had a special day complete with treats, toys and some of my new doggie friends to celebrate. This was a great way to settle in with my new Puppy Raiser as I have lots of energy so I keep him on his toes! Apparently I am doing a great job as I have travelled all over the state. I went to the Basketball Tasmania State League games in Somerset and then a few weeks later returned to the Northwest for the Masters Games. I cheered my Puppy Raiser on to a bronze medal and charmed the stadium all at the same time. While we were away I got a chance to visit the lovely beaches and enjoyed the beautiful weather. I love the sun!
Back at home my Puppy Raiser takes me to work at the University of Tasmania in Sandy Bay. The staff there are very nice but I like the students even more! I sit patiently in the front of the class room without being tethered and when the class is over we go outside for a play. When I’m not in class I get to hang out in my Puppy Raiser’s office, which has a glass door. I see heaps of people walking by and I used to bark to get their attention, but now I use my big brown eyes, which seems to work even better. The other good thing about going to the University is on the way home I go to the dog beach in Sandy Bay and have made some friends there. On the occasion we don’t get to that park I remind my Puppy Raiser that he needs his exercise and we do a loop up at Knocklofty Reserve.
It’s been fun and I’ll catch you next time, when I update my doggy-bloggy!
The time is just flying by and I can’t believe I am already 11-months-old, and how cold the weather has become! The cold weather doesn’t stop me though; I still go for a walk every day, sometimes with my Puppy Raisers and Nina, and sometimes with my brother Murphy and his Puppy Raiser. We are running out of new places to go!
My Puppy Raisers’ daughter has recently come home from college in America for her “summer” holidays. I went to meet her at the airport and the Customs sniffer dog was very interested in me. I just ignored him! It has been great fun having her home. I was a little puzzled at first as to why there was an extra person in the house, but I am so used to her being here now that I know I am going to really miss her when she goes back to America in two weeks. I introduced her to my brother Murphy, and we have been going to lots of different coffee and cake places! Although she did get a little mad at me when I “accidentally” stepped on some photos she was sorting out in her room. I have to get them replaced for her now!
My Puppy Raiser recently had day surgery, so I spent the day at Calvary Hospital. I was very good and the nurses were all impressed with how well behaved I was, although I was very interested in the funny “non slip socks” my Puppy Raiser had to wear. I had to give them a good sniff!
We are going away to the East Coast for three days, so I will have to share my adventures with you all in the next Puppy Love edition.
Bye for now!
What do you think of my mug shot?
It has been an exciting three months since I last spoke to you all. I am growing up really fast, learning lots of new things and trying to remember everything I have learnt. My Puppy Raisers, on the other hand, hope to forget the naughty things I have learnt!
I am really good on travelators and escalators, lifts don’t bother me, I don’t get scared in crowds and I usually handle new places and experiences really well. I have to admit that I have a bit of a dog distraction problem, but my Puppy Raisers and puppy Instructor have been working on this with me and I am pleased to report that I am getting much better!
I have been going for lots of walks with my brother Murphy. We have been to different places each time to get us used to different environments. We have been to Risdon Brook Dam, Cornelian Bay, Montrose Foreshore, Northgate and Glenorchy, and around Moonah, just to name a few. One day we combined a walk with a bus ride in North Hobart. That was very different, but I handled it really well, even though I slipped around a little on the floor when the bus went around corners. I’ll have to do some more bus travel to make sure I can master the technique of staying in one spot!
Until next time, Guide Dogs Can Go Anywhere!
My brother, Murphy, and I arrived in Hobart a week before Christmas 2016. We were excited to be here and it was a great time to arrive because we got to celebrate Christmas and enjoy the festivities with our new families.
There was lots of new things to see and do. The shopping centres were very busy and I saw a man in a red suit and fluffy beard. I liked seeing him because there were lots of children around him and I like children. My Puppy Raisers are trying to teach me that when I am in my blue coat I am working and not supposed to try and play with children, or adults, or dogs, or leaves, or sticks, or crumbs on the coffee shop floor, or … well, anything really! I think I am going to have to work really hard on that! When my coat is on I am ‘on duty’ and have to learn to concentrate hard on the task ahead. I get a lot of time with my coat off too, when I can relax and have fun.
I have settled in with my new family really well. Including me, there were four dogs, which was great for me because I had lots of dogs to play with. But I think my Puppy Raisers were a little “stressed!” at times. There was Diesel, who is 13, Nina, who is 3 and Guide Dog Pup Abby. Abby has now left us to continue on in the next stage of her journey. We all miss her and wish her the best of luck!
I was really lucky to have Abby to show me the ropes! I followed her around the shopping centres, supermarkets, out on walks and the big wide world wasn’t so scary. She showed me how to lie quietly at restaurants and coffee shops, and sit patiently at the supermarket checkouts. She was a big help.
Murphy and I went to Sandy Bay beach last week. It was great fun and I swam straight away and loved it. My Puppy Raisers were a bit worried I wasn’t coming back. We splashed about in the water and met a couple of other dogs there. I dunked in the water for seaweed; it didn’t taste very nice. Afterwards we had coffee… well mine and Murphy’s Puppy Raisers did, Murphy and I slept very soundly next to the table.
I am learning about things like toilet training, behaving myself in the house, sitting quietly while my meals are prepared, being good when being brushed and only chewing my toys, not my Puppy Raisers or Nina! I’m trying really hard and they are proud of me … I think!
See you all later.