Location: San Jose, California, United States

Thursday, June 23, 2005

The first month

It's hard to believe I've had Jaba a month at home. We've done so much together. I'm off school now, so we've been going out and having fun. Jaba's so laid-back. Nothing really phases him. We've been to a few malls, a park, and several stores. We've also been to a few plays and musicals. He's been calm every place. Even when I took him to a gathering that was really busy with lots of activity, he was fine. At church he wows everyone. As much as he seems to want to play with the kids I work with, he remains very focused. He enjoys exploring new places. He gets this alert stance and he seems very excited. He really enjoyed when we went to the wharf several weeks ago. However, despite his eagerness about going out, he's fine with staying home on the days I have no plans. I really enjoy being out with him because everyone wants to talk about him. I've met several people who either know someone who raises puppies or has some other connection to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). At an Art and Wine festival a few weeks ago, I even met a woman who use to work at CCI as a trainer. I've met people who have raised guide dogs as well and we've compared the jobs of the dogs. I'm surprised how many people I've met who think that my dog is a guide dog. It's not a bad thing, I just never expected that. So I've had several chances to explain the difference between the types of dogs.
I've only run into two people who have not wanted a dog in their store. Neither place was one I really wanted to be in, so i just left. Had I really wanted to be in that store, I would have taken the time to explain that he can go everywhere with me. Everyone is amazed at the things Jaba can do for me. And I've gotten comments on how amazingly well behaved he is for such a young dog (2 yrs.). I've thoroughly enjoyed my experiences with Jaba so far. He loves to work. Any time I ask him to do something for me, he stands tall and his tail starts wagging. I think he's proud of himself.
But he's not all work. When he's at home, he's mainly off-duty unless I ask him to do something. He loves his Squeaky toy and will get it to play as soon as I let him know he's not working. He loves to chase after it. I've also seen how much he loves to run. He and my other dog get along, I let Jaba out in the back to run and play. He is so funny trying to get the other dog to play. He also likes to lay on his back, legs splayed and his teeth showing in a grin that makes me laugh every time.
Well, that's a little about my new buddy. I'll write again as new things happen and I'll hopefully get pictures up in the next couple of weeks.


Anonymous Brian Anderson said...

Looks good Noelle, I am anxious to see some pictures!

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Brian Anderson said...

Want to post images? Go check out this help page

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Okay here is a pretty clickable link of the above URL... How do I post pictures?

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading your story---but actually meeting and seeing Jaba in action was even better! I look forward to the photos.

4:36 PM  

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