It feels like it’s been months since I wrote a blog post…wait a second it has been almost two months since I wrote my last post about the Shelter Me DVD at Redbox. Linda wrote the last published post on her Guide Dog Story.
I must say stuff happens that sometimes gets in the way of blogging. I wish I could write a riveting blog post every day, but sadly that is almost never the case.
Beginning today I have a series of posts to update you on some of the happenings around the Puppy In Training household starting with…
Orange County Guide Dogs of America (OCGDA)
This project has been nearly a year in the making. If you go to the Wayback Machine you’ll see that our Orange County Guide Dogs of America group site, OCGDA.com was live from 2007 – 2012, but unfortunately some technical glitches brought it down and over the past few weeks/months I re-acquired the domain name and re-launched the site. Take a look at the all new OCGDA.com website:
New and Improved OCGDA Website!
What Is The OCGDA.com Website?
Yep, I knew that would be your second question…
The OCGDA.com website is for and about our Orange County Guide Dogs of America Puppies and Puppy Raisers. The site is still a work in progress and my goal is to provide as much information as possible to our group members as well as information for people interested in raising a puppy for Guide Dogs of America. A few things you will find on OCGDA.com:
- Puppy Profiles (work in progress) – Working on getting pictures and profiles of all our puppies.
- Calendar of Events - Shows our upcoming group outings.
- Latest News – I hope to put together a post with lots of pics for each of our outings.
- Forms – An easy place to find important puppy raiser forms.
- General Information – Lots of general information that will hopefully help past, present, and future puppy raisers.
This is one of the projects I’ve been working on over the past few months and I’m hoping it’s helpful to our Puppy Raiser group. I’m hoping to have it all setup and ready to go before our next group meeting in mid-July.
By the way, on top of OCGDA.com I’ve been working on 5 other small websites (non-puppy related) outside of my regular 40 hour a week work load…no wonder why I’m not having the time to blog…ugghhh…
If you have a moment please take a look at OCGDA.com and let me know what you think. As I mentioned it’s still a work in progress and I’ll be making tons of updates in the coming weeks.
I just wanted to give everyone a quick update on some of the things we’ve been working on here at the Puppy In Training blog. First off I submitted one of my articles from this week to a blog carnival. Hopefully we’ll get some new visitors here in the next couple days.
Second, I finally got off my butt and sent some of Stetson’s pictures over to our Orange County Guide Dogs of America web page.
Canine Blog Carnival
Have you ever heard of a Blog Carnival? I had no idea until just recently what a blog carnival actually was. A blog carnival is a collection of posts from different blogs written about a common theme. For instance, in the Canine Blog Carnival we obviously write about dogs.
If you’re interested in finding a blog carnival on a specific topic try visiting the Blog Carnival website that’s where I found the Canine Blog Carnival.
Blog Carnivals are a great way to attract new readers and also find other great blogs about a specific theme. Our post appeared today on t Pamibe’s blog under Canine Carnival 23. Thank you Pam for including our article on Stetson’s Puppy Progress Report in your blog carnival. I encourage you to visit the carnival and check out some of the other great blog articles included on Pam’s blog.
Orange County Guide Dogs Of America Website
Our local group maintains a website for our Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. Fortunately for me they like to maintain an albums page where I get the chance to post pictures of my puppy in training Stetson. Until just recently I’ve slacked badly in getting them pictures. If you go to the Puppy Parade page you’ll see the picture of me and Stetson at our first OCGDA meeting. That was the only picture of us on the website until a couple weeks ago. Now You can see several picture of my boy Stetson at Stetson’s Stepping Stones. Thanks Laurel for getting those pages updated!
That’s the latest updates on a few things I’ve been working on. Remember check out today’s Canine Bog Carnival when you get the chance…you might just find another great blog you’d like to subscribe to.
Have you had success with blog carnivals?
This is a Puppy Training blog about our journey as guide dog puppy raisers. Most of the time we like to keep you posted about the latest puppy training tips, dog events, animal shelter and rescue information, puppy videos and pictures, dog toys and product reviews, and many other goings on in the wonderful world of puppies and dogs. However, from time to time we may get a little personal…sorry for that. Here’s a bit of information that’s going on in our life right now.
You may be wondering…”where have you been?” I haven’t written a post on this blog for over two months. I apologize. I ‘ll try to be more diligent with my posts to this site. Lets start off with Halloween which is right around the corner. Our last Guide Dogs of America (GDA) meeting was our annual Halloween meeting. Most of our dogs were dressed in costumes. It’s a good idea to dress your dog up for several reasons…first, your dog will be more tolerant to wearing different kinds of outfits on their head, feet, bodies (good for guide dogs because they will be wearing a jacket or harness for a good part of their lives)…and second, your dogs gets used to being handled by you.
Great Halloween Dog Costumes
Anyways, here is a picture of Stetson in his bumble bee outfit. The other guide dogs in training should have their pictures posted on our local Orange County GDA website at http://www.ocgda.com. Our group did just recently purchase the domain name ocgda.com, so feel free to check out all of the latest Orange County Guide Dog information at our new ocgda website.
By the way, if you want to see some great dog halloween costumes check out The 6 Best Dog Costumes On The Internet.
Puppy Training Jobs
Who is Canine Companions for Independence. Taken straight from their website: “Canine Companions for Independence is a national non-profit organization that enhances the lives of children and adults with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure a quality partnership.” I heard about CCI about 6 months ago and read through most of the pages on their website and browsed several of their monthly newsletters. About two months ago I noticed the job description for Puppy Program Manager listed on their website. They actually had two Puppy Program Manager positions open up one in the Southwest (Oceanside, CA) and one in the Northeast (Farmingdale, NY).
I thought what a great position…managing volunteers who do the same thing I’m currently doing with Stetson. I live about 45 minutes from Oceanside and emailed my resume for that position. I do have management and volunteer experience, however I was not hopeful because I do not have volunteer management experience. Anyways, several weeks passed and I received a call from CCI requesting an interview.
Needless to say I was very excited. I prepped for my interview by reading through the entire CCI website and also going over my interview preparation books. I put on my suit and headed out to Oceanside. I was excited just to see the CCI facility let alone interview for a job. When I arrived they had me fill out an application and I interviewed with two of the program managers. They were very pleasant and easy to talk to. I would say I did okay in my interview, but nothing fantastic. There were several dogs walking around the office. I assume they were Puppies in Training like Stetson. After the interview I got home wrote a couple of Thank you notes and sent them back to CCI.
It’s been about 2 1/2 weeks since my interview and just yesterday I received a letter from CCI (a bad sign). It was a standard rejection letter thanking me for interviewing and giving me the good news (you have some great skills) bad news (however we are looking for someone who better fits the position). Unfortunately, not a happy ending for me this time…oh well, I was just thrilled to have the opportunity to interview for the position. I’m not sure if they are still accepting resumes, but if you are interested you can go straight to their jobs link on the CCI website at http://www.cci.org/national/jobads/jobs_at_cci.html.
Good luck to anyone who applies for a job and good luck to whoever the next Puppy Program Manager is for CCI’s Southwest office.
So that’s what’s going on in the life of a Guide Dog Puppy Raiser. What about you? How’s your life going? Are you raising a puppy or working for one of the wonderful service or guide dog organizations across the country? We’d love to hear what people are up to in the comment section below.