January 16, 2011

Pupdate! And A Small Rooquest

Had a sweet little virtual snoot nudge (eSnudge? Cybersnoodge?) in my inbox this weekend. As Ruby works on her retrieve, she is also learning to "Hold." She seems to be excelling with all of her subjects, including Squirrel 101,

and Advanced Bowl.

The retrieve is fun for our dogs (and useful for us) at any time; I taught Kiva a formal retrieve when she was 11 years old. For service dogs, a key part of the retrieve is to securely, but gently, "hold" the retrieved item for an indefinite period. The service dog will pick up a dropped item and return the item quickly to her partner, but a person with a disability may need some extra time before he is able to take the item from his dog.

Lifting her bowl from the floor and bringing it to an accessible level is a valuable skill for Ruby, helping to facilitate her feeding routine with her future partner.


Thank you all so much for helping us gain two nominations in this year's Petties Awards. Please vote often!

Raising Ruby
2011 Petties Award Nominee "Best Blog Post" and "Best Cause Related Blog"
Click here and vote twice daily until July 29:  Enter the Petties

Winners of each category are honored with a $1,000 donation to the shelter/rescue of their choice. Our chosen organization is Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies. Many thanks to DogTime Media for this opportunity and their generosity.

Many thanks to S for capturing these wonderful photos and to Ruby's Advanced Trainer for her gentle and expert training.

January 14, 2011

Photo Pupdate: Two Roos!

Guess who's joined Ruby in Advanced Training? Her sister Racine! Can you tell which is which?

I smiled twice as wide when I opened my email and saw this pic! Thank you, S!

Don't forget, ballots for the Eleventh Annual Weblog Awards (2011 Bloggies) are being accepted through Sunday 1/16. Please nominate Raising Ruby for "Best-Kept Secret Weblog" to help us in our mission to raise awareness. Many service dog organizations rely on the assistance of volunteers to keep their programs going, so let's make sure that's not a secret!

Looking to volunteer with an organization in your area? For a list of accredited members of Assistance Dogs International, please click here.

January 6, 2011


Each day brings new friends who visit Raising Ruby for the first time; I'm glad you're here to share in the story of our journey. Ruby came to us at 10 weeks old when her tiny cape was barely the size of my hand...although the strap struggled to fit her big puppy belly!

As a service puppy in training, she has full public access and she definitely gets around – from the fitting room, to the firehouse, the car wash, and even the Kong factory!

So check out the sidebar, get to know baby Roo during those first few weeks, and have fun clicking around our blog. You'll find lots of puppy smiles as Ruby makes her way toward becoming a service dog for a person with a disability.

As I receive word on Ruby's progress in Advanced Training, I'll post updates, then archive them monthly in the "Pupdates!" area of the sidebar. If I'm also lucky enough to see photos of her peeking from my inbox, you'll find them here and on Twitter.

Many thanks to all of our friends, old and new. Enjoy your visit and be sure to add us to your blog readers – when I hear from news from Roo, you will too!