Sunday, September 26, 2010

SHe's Homeeeeeee(:

We picked Betsy up from the airport at 9:45 this morning. And, let's face it, she looks as gorgeous as ever!

More to come...

Maddie, Betsy, and Jo

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Report

I got Betsy's report from her trainer yesterday. Here's what it said:

DOG: 4W03 - Betsy F\LAB\Black - TRN\REL  DOB:4/28/2009
RELEASED DATE: 9/17/2010
SUMMARY:   Betsy is an average sized female black Labrador retriever.  Upon Betsy’s arrival on the Oregon campus, she showed major signs of fear both in and outside the kennel.  She was quickly assigned to a master instructor for a temperament evaluation.
Betsy seemed so show more fear towards men then women.  She was introduced to the clicker and high value food was used.  She was quick to learn the clicker “game”.  Unfortunately both on and off campus she continued to have major fear reactions to some people, traffic and any loud noise.  She was slow or never would recover and refused food during these reactions. 
Due to her reactions and poor recovery she is not suitable for training as a guide.  She currently is on 3 cups of Natural Balance Lamb and Rice.
RELEASE REASON(S): 21101 - BEH: Fearful Behavior People  Generalized
LOCATION (if applicable):

RELEASE REASON(S): 21301 - BEH: Fearful Behavior Environment  Generalized
LOCATION (if applicable):
IMPORTANCE: Secondary 

The part about her refusing food really concerns me with how stressed she must be. Betsy is one of those dogs that would go through walls if I called her with come. She would do anything to get that piece of kibble. If she is refusing food, she must be super stressed!

Also, it looks like we will be flying Betsy home. While my CFR is in California right now, Betsy is in Oregon! It will cost us around $300 to fly her home, which is cheaper than driving out to get her. If everything goes as planed she should be home this weekend!

Maddie and Jorinda

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Why the CC?

I have had many fellow bloggers ask why Betsy was career changed, and the answer is, I'm not really sure. I didn't get to talk to my CFR because she is on vacation. I actually wasn't even home when GDB called, I was running in a cross country race. My mom talked to a guy from GDB who said the "official" reason she was released was for fear of people in (and) public places. The guy also said that Betsy never really adjusted to living in the kennels. She was always very stressed and almost depressed while she was there. He said there was an especially long report written about her. I can't wait to get the report and see what they have to say about my special little girl!

Maddie and Jo (anxiously awaiting a phone call from my CFR)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

HUGE news....(:

Remember this beautiful girl...

Who was born on April 28, 2009...
Betsy wearing a birthday hat on her first birthday

Who arrived on July 10, 2009...
Baby Betsy being held up by the puppy truck guy. He is holding her like Simba was held in the Lion King

Who stole my heart...
Betsy sitting in front of a heart statue. There is a little cowboy holding a rope. They rope is wrapped around the heart and at the bottom it says I tied your heart up

Who adopted a new litter sister on June 25, 2010...
Betsy and Jo sitting in front of a bed of flowers both in vest

Who was recalled on August 13, 2010...

 And who was career changed on September 17, 2010.

Yep, that's right, Miss Betsy Sue was career changed yesterday. Honestly, I am not surprised at all. And I know, you are supposed to be sad when the dog you poured your heart and soul into for over a year fails at what you were working so hard to achieve. But really, I am so incredibly excited!! My baby girl is coming home! I can't wait. We are still working out the details of when she will be back. My CFR just happens to be in California right now, so if she drove out there, most likely she will bring Betsy back with her, and if she flew, Betsy should be flying back with her! I'll be sure to let you know when I find out more!

Maddie and Jojo!

puppy bag gone school

Remember awhile back when I said I was going to be doing a review post for CSN stores? While today is the day! About a week ago my new bag came in the mail. When I first ordered it, I thought it would be perfect for traveling with a puppy. It was full of pockets for everything from pooh bags to toys to an extra leash. It was big enough to fill with toys and food for a trip to a puppy sitters, or a sleepover at a friends. I thought it would make a great, stylish diaper bag, but for the dog!

When I got the bag I completely fell in love with it. The pockets on the front are the perfect size for sticky notes, pencils, pens, gum, ect. The little turnie knob on the front makes the pockets easy to flip open during class.
The side pockets are the perfect size to hold a snack. This makes eating before cross country practice so much easier.
On the front there is a big pocket that currently holds my calculator.
On the inside there is a divider to hold a laptop. What more could I ask for? But, this bag has even more to offer! It has a huge inside capable of holding over 3 binders and a textbook. Perfect for the school days when I don't have time to run to my car between classes. And the best part? The bag holds all of these necessary items without looking big and bulky.
The straps have a thin layer of padding so they don't dig into my shoulder as I navigate the halls with a puppy in tow. My used to be puppybag was quickly converted to a school bag. Sorry Jorinda!
On top of all that, this bag is completely adorable. The gray and purple plaid is so cute and stylish. I love the design and placement of pockets. Everything is absolutely perfect!

CSN stores website is so easy to navigate too. They have links to all different necessary things, including dog items! I had a lot of trouble choosing what item to order, but I'm so glad I settled on this bag, it's perfect!
The only real problem I had was with shipping. It took over a month after I ordered my bag for it to get here. For some reason CSN had trouble processing my payment, but trust me it was worth the wait!
I will definitely be using CSN stores in the future! They have everything I could ever need or want in life for low prices, and free shipping!

Thank you CSN for this great oppertunity!

Maddie and Jorinda