Introducing a new geocacher who started on Valentine's Day! Caesars' successor has arrived!
Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:51 PM
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!
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.
Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:06 PM
Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:49 PM
Posted 06 March 2011 - 12:45 AM
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
Posted 09 March 2011 - 06:44 AM
Posted 18 March 2011 - 06:39 PM
Yesterday, after just three weeks together, Udo and I qualified as a Registered Assistance Dog partnership yesterday.
We'll be interviewed on BBC Radio London on Thursday night (from Crufts)!
Congratulations! We're happy to hear everything is going so well.
Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:12 AM
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
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
Posted 26 March 2011 - 12:07 PM
Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:52 PM
It's a short movie blip.
Oh and we did three caches while we were there
Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:19 PM
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
This post has been edited by Simply Paul: 22 March 2012 - 03:20 PM