December 20, 2010

Holiday Pupdate

Why, look who's pranced in for a pupdate!

It's Roo-dolph!

A character, as always. Each time a Roo pic pops up in my email, it totally makes my day!

Here's our little college co-ed, training with her big bro and sorority sistas.

Is it possible? Have those ears gotten even bigger? She must be listening very closely to her Advanced Trainer!

She's adapted to her new surroundings beautifully and things are going well. Her trainer let me know that Ruby has a nice formal retrieve developing and they've started working on some of the specialized tasks she'll need to perform as a service dog for a person with a mobility-related disability. They're also working on holding a long down/stay in restaurants and meetings. Lots of practice this holiday season with calmly greeting strangers at the door. And she's made great progress with her outdoor loose leash walking, while still having tons of fun in the snow!

Best of all, her trainer said that Ruby's a joy to work with. And we all know something about that, don't we! From the time Roo was a tiny pup, she's been a sunny, curious and enthusiastic girl. Coupled with her sharp focus, she's got a beautiful future ahead, whatever that future brings!

Happiest of holidays from the whole Roo Crew and our best wishes for a very joyful New Year!

Thank you, S, for the awesome pix and many thanks to Ruby's Advanced Trainer for the wonderful work she is doing and for sharing Ruby's progress with me.


Lori Jablons said...

So great to see Roo rockin' and rollin'! I hope Santa brings her something good like a new pair of shoes or a delicious bone.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

OMD - how special was that!!! Rudy looks so wonderful and happy. We bet those pics made your holidays complete.

Happy Holidays to all.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Pee Ess, thanks for the email about the recipes - Mom will be in touch once things settle down a bit.

Anonymous said...

Awwww... You made me smile.

Kristine said...

Yay for Ruby! I knew she would do so well. I am glad to see new photos of her. She looks very relaxed, like she is thriving in her new surroundings. What a special girl.

Happy holidays to you! Thanks for taking the time to share!

Sue said...

You are so creative with your words. You need to publish a book about Roo!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely surprise, I am so glad to hear news from her ( and you!). Happy holidays to all, with special Santa kisses to all the pups, Ruby and Kiva particularly of course.


Sierra Rose said...

Oh love this!!! Great update on Roo!!! Miss her!
Looks like she is a fantastic student and on to great things!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

I love when I'm able to see pictures of my pups IFT - congrats on getting the picture and an update, right at Christmas time too!
Good luck to Ruby :)

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We smiled!

We so needed it too -

Been a rough day in The Blog World -

We knew Roo was special AND a joy!

Thanks so much for sharing this Roo-dolph Pupdate!

Khyra and Phyll

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

Oh Yay!!!! Good to hear an update - and see that adorable face again!

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

So glad to see Ruby is doing so well! And such cute pics, too. I applaud you for all your hard work and hope it wasn't too hard letting her go.

I don't think I'd be brave enough.

Clive said...

How fantastic to get an update on Ruby. we know how very special it is to hear news on how advanced training is going. Irish Guide Dogs has a new facebook page and it means a huge amount to our puppy walking volunteers when they see photos and comments posted up from Guide Dog and Assistance Dog owners or see news from the trainers in the Training Centre.

Such a lot of work goes into the initial training of the pups and it is really important to share how advanced training is going to to see the dogs working.

We are so glad that you are getting updates on Ruby - it must have made Christmas very special for you to receive the news. She is looking fantastic and so attentive and grown-up. She will be a brillant service dog.

take care
Murray's Mom

Katianne said...

Awww. Those pics totally made my day too! ;)

1000 Goldens said...

Ohhh...I miss her so much! It is great to see her :) Her ears really did grow, didn't they? We love you Roo-Roo. Merry Christmas!

Amy said...

Yea!!! I'm so glad to see she'd doing well and that all your and Mr. Raiser's hard work is coming through. What a great gift for the holidays!

Carly Findlay said...

Awwww what a lovely update!
Ruby is looking so beautiful. It's nice to read about her progress.
I hope you had a good Christmas. Happy new year to you. I am getting ready for NYE soon - it's super hot here - 40 degrees celsius (100+ degs farenheight).
Thanks for the comments on my blog. My Mum was so excited you wished her happy birthday!