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Introducing a new geocacher who started on Valentine's Day! Caesars' successor has arrived!

#1 User is offline   Dorsetgal & GeoDog 

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:51 PM

Many of you who donated to Caesars' memorial fund and left a valid email address will have already heard this news - Caesars' successor has arrived!

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On Valentine's Day, I started training with a new male Golden Retriever from Dogs for the Disabled called Udo, he was exactly 20 months old that day too! We successfully completed residential training by the Friday morning, and have now returned home together, with domiciliary training continuing for a few weeks to come.

Udo has an appealing character, is confident and almost glides alongside my wheelchair already! He's a lovely dog, and I hope shortly we shall go on to qualify as a registered assistance dog partnership.

I'm sure you'll all appreciate the fact that after he'd been in my possession just a few short hours, after class had finished for the first day, we found our first geocache together!! Just 210' from our bedroom in the Dogs for the Disabled compound! Many thanks to The Allottment Gardner for setting that cache so conveniently! :D

Dog owners, we completed the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme bronze award 72 hours after being partnered together!

It's been a long wait for a successor to Caesar, but Dogs for the Disabled were really keen it had to be the right dog (the first two with my name on proved unsuitable for me in the final stages of training and were placed with others) - and Udo has had some extra advanced training to ensure he's capable and happy with the job, and has the skills to enable him to succeed! He's already been on a couple fo flights with his instructor and apparently coped very well, and has his passport too.

Since we've been home we've been working hard at giving him new experiences, and last weekend he attended his first geoevent!

Life suddenly has colour again! :)

Thank you to everyone who has supported me through the difficult times.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:06 PM

Welcome to the fold Udo! I hope he'll be able to help you and support you just as well as Caesar did. He certainly looks the part in that photo. May it be a long and successful partnership. And once more, your caching team name is fully valid; I know you've already been out caching together :)

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:19 PM

That is such good news Wendy and glad you introduced him to caching so early.

I look forward to meeting him sometime.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:28 PM

Good news!

(I drove past the centre/cache today, but wasn't able to stop to find the cache. :( )

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:46 PM

We wish you a very successful partnership with Udo.

He looks very smart and he is gorgeous :anicute:

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:49 PM

That's wonderful news... I'm sure I wasn't the only one who was so saddened at the demise of Caesar. Not being much of a dog lover by nature Caesar was one of very few dogs I met who I actually liked. Hopefully I'll get to meet Udo before too long!

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 05:09 PM

Excellent! And what a handsome hound he is :)

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 06:46 PM

Great news, I hope you make a wonderful patnership.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 05:02 AM

Some things are worth the wait.
Great news. Hopefully I'll meet your new friend at a future flash mob event.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 06:34 AM

Way to go Udo (great name by the way ) :ph34r:

I will look forward to meeting you at Mega Wales if you are there .

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:08 AM

Such lovely news Wendy! Hopefully now you can read the book we gave you at the London flash event! He looks absolutely gorgeous, really hope we get to meet him very soon.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 11:22 AM

Fantastic news
I look forward to meeting you both at an event in the future :lol:

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 02:16 PM

Bless you Wendy - so good to hear that he's brought some colour back into your life.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 06:04 PM

What a strange name!!! Does it mean something?

Sooo pleased for you Wendy ;)

Speak soon

Mandy :D

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 12:45 AM

Hi Wendy,

We were both so pleased to meet Udo at his first Event.

He behaved very well, long may he continue to brighten your life and the lives of other cachers he meets.

Glad we were able to bring a TB home from a very good event.

Gordon and Liz

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 11:23 AM

Many thanks for your good wishes!

Yesterday, after just three weeks together, Udo and I qualified as a Registered Assistance Dog partnership yesterday. :D

We'll be interviewed on BBC Radio London on Thursday night (from Crufts)!

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 02:01 PM

what a lovely story,may you find many caches and have great experiences together, patandjeff with sali and george the corgis who make up team bones1.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 05:29 AM

That's great news and congratulations on qualifying, I'm sure you'll both grab loads of caches together. Is he going to get a tracking number, and can I meet him tonight at the Hampshire monthly?

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 06:44 AM

View PostUs 4 and Jess, on 05 March 2011 - 06:04 PM, said:

What a strange name!!! Does it mean something?


The name Udo is of germanic and african/Igbo origin and means (germanic) wealth or fortune and (African/Igbo) peace. In Germany it is often used as a boys name.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 06:39 PM

View PostDorsetgal & GeoDog, on 08 March 2011 - 11:23 AM, said:

Many thanks for your good wishes!

Yesterday, after just three weeks together, Udo and I qualified as a Registered Assistance Dog partnership yesterday. :D

We'll be interviewed on BBC Radio London on Thursday night (from Crufts)!



Congratulations! We're happy to hear everything is going so well.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:20 AM

He looks like a gorgeous dog, I wish many happy years of successful caching together!

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:12 AM

View Postlifechooser, on 09 March 2011 - 05:29 AM, said:

That's great news and congratulations on qualifying, I'm sure you'll both grab loads of caches together. Is he going to get a tracking number, and can I meet him tonight at the Hampshire monthly?


Ha! As you may have realised, we weren't at the Hampshire monthly, as we were at Crufts! He's a professional, and like his predecessor, won't be having a tracking number, to meet him will be the joy in itself :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

In all likelihood, he will attend a couple of Megas this year, so there will be plenty of opportunities to meet him.

Udo was the most newly qualified assistance dog at Crufts, and took it all in his stride, I'd quite forgotten though, that you get next to no sleep on a dogs first night in a hotel! Every little noise he was checking the door etc. He even won the little challenge event set up by Dr Roger Mugford for assistance dogs - empty a Nina Ottosson toy in the quickest time! Udo managed it in a flash and Coco, Kaz's dog came second!

Thanks everyone for your kind words, even though he is now qualified, we'll still be training for different situations for months to come. He's mastered waiting patiently while I sign a geocache log, but is still working on a few other things :laughing:

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 12:12 PM

Well done to you both :D

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 12:07 PM

I'm so pleased to hear you have a new geo dog. We have always had dogs and can't imagine life without one so when your hound has a professional role to play, it must have been unbearable. We look forward to hearing about more of your adventures and what becomes of the roposal for the Geolympix

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 02:09 PM

Woof! :D

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:52 PM

A year on, Udo is maturing nicely, and I thought some of you might be amused to see the little trick I was asked to teach Udo to draw people to the Dogs for the Disabled stand, essentially to learn about a pet dog training scheme they run.

It's a short movie blip.


Oh and we did three caches while we were there :laughing:

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:21 AM

What a great partnership! :D
Long may it continue.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:35 AM

View PostFianccetto, on 21 March 2012 - 08:21 AM, said:

What a great partnership! :D
Long may it continue.


That was lovely to watch!
Well done Udo..

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:02 AM

jbbs

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 10:50 AM

View Postmadeinalab, on 21 March 2012 - 11:02 AM, said:

jbbs


Ok you've lost me on that one ...

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:19 PM

View PostDorsetgal & GeoDog, on 22 March 2012 - 10:50 AM, said:

View Postmadeinalab, on 21 March 2012 - 11:02 AM, said:

jbbs
Ok you've lost me on that one ...
Decoded in ROT13: woof :)

While I'm here, congratulations to Wendy for being selected to be an Olympic Torch Bearer for a second time! It's going to be a busy July for her :laughing:

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:58 AM

Brilliant video!

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