Swimming!


The Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers (puppy raising club in several different parts of Texas for Guide Dogs for the Blind) had an outing yesterday to Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex. They invited Makiko and I. The purpose of the outing was to expose the dogs to the water and good behavior. It was a lot of fun. I hadn’t ever taken Makiko in the water so it was definitely an adventure. 

We started in the kiddie area with playgrounds and where she could stand/walk. At first she did this prance that she does when she wears her shoes, lifting each foot up very carefully and then putting it back down. But then she got used to it a bit. She tried to get out of the water when she got a chance sometime. We then went into the deeper pool; where she couldn’t stand on all four feet. She swam! It was so cute!! She did fairly well but again, didn’t particularly LOVE it. She did have fun though, especially when other pups came over. 

We also got our leather leash stamped with an “M”. All Guide Dogs for The Blind leashes are the same so when you get multiple handlers and the dogs are off leash and you have leashes everywhere, it gets confusing. My leash has a certain feel so I’m pretty OCD about getting MY leash. This will help us.

Enjoy the pictures below!

 

Close-up selfie with Makiko and I
  
All of the puppy raisers, puppies, leaders, and friends (including Makiko and I close to the center)
  
Close up of Makiko swimming
  

  

Makiko DID figure out how to stand up on the edge of the pool
  
Swimming with my girl
  
Look at her go!
  
When we first got in the kid pool…
 

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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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