Settling in :)


I am very happy how things are going. You will recall that I was a little anxious when Makiko started whining all of a sudden and I’ve never heard her whine. Well, a friend said it quite nicely it’s like the “new baby syndrome.” Another friend who is a guide dog user said his dog did this for awhile and then stopped before too long. I think that’s the case here.

Makiko and I came back to my apartment last night. We were staying at my parents since arriving home. We got everything set up with help from my Mom and then today went beautifully. Makiko slept all night long, we woke up and did our morning routine, stopped by the apartment complex office to ask where outdoor trash cans are, and then headed to get on the bus. The apartment complex is kind of difficult for a guide dog because there aren’t clear sidewalks to our destination. We have to cut through parking lots, etc., which guide dogs aren’t really trained to do so much, but Makiko is doing great. We got on the bus and then met up with a friend in the main building I have classes in. After that I went to the Union to buy a few stamps and then went to the Disability office to show off Makiko to someone who I really like there. It was great. We then walked around campus for a bit, got on the bus and headed back to my apartment, water/relieve, and then we played around for a bit. I then laid down on Makiko’s bed while I scratched her and next thing I know we both were napping together. She was cuddled up right next to me when I woke up. It was quite adorable! I really do love my baby.

After the nap I got up and did a few things around the apartment, took care of a few things, and then I was tired again. I think I’m catching up on all my sleep from the two weeks of training. However, I fed/watered/relieved her, cooked dinner, groomed her, brushed her teeth, played with her (lots) and then laid down for a bit. Mom called and woke me up, but that was good because I still had a few things I needed to do before I settled in for the evening. Makiko and I played a lot more, cuddled a lot more, cleaned up a little bit, and just generally hung out. I only heard her whine once today and I’m not sure if it was really a whine. When she yawns she does a little whine thing so I think that might have been it. She seems SO much more happy and comfortable and adjusted and I am really happy. She is getting adjusted to my parents house and my apartment since I kind of live at both places and is doing so quite nicely.

We had a lot of bonding time today and it was really quite nice. She provides so much independence, freedom, love, comfort, fun, and much more. Normally I would have probably had a lazy day today but Makiko inspired and required me to get out. I’m loving this! I’m a happy girl with a very beautiful, happy dog. πŸ™‚ We didn’t have class today but we do tomorrow, as well as a lunch with a friend and several meetings. I’ll have to plan accordingly because I’ll feed her on campus. I’m glad we had this day to settle in though.

Pictures and then good night πŸ™‚

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I accidentally left my grooming kit in Oregon, and they are sending it to me, but after just ONE night of not grooming, this is what my Zoom Groom looked like! (I went and bought a backup set of everything)
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Hair and more hair.. oh my! πŸ™‚
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Last night, our first night in the apartment, Makiko seemed to be quite comfy πŸ™‚
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Our first bus ride since being in Oregon πŸ™‚
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My baby sitting nicely after being groomed. πŸ™‚
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More cuddle time at my apartment after our day of settling in

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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