Sunday, February 28, 2010

Puppy Playday & Switcheroo

Saturday, Alfie was invited to a guide dog puppy playday at puppy raiser Tracy Schagan's.  Natalie, Darrell, and Bob came too, so there were three puppies:  black lab Celia, yellow lab Bob and chocolate doodle cute together!
three puppies playing; black and yellow lab in foreground, chocolate doodle behind them
Getting good pictures of these three live wires was pretty tough -- although Bob seemed to enjoy posing for the camera!Bob the yellow lab pup laying in a sphinx-like position, smiling for the camera
Bob's so adorable with his wrinkly puppy face!

Bob's sniffing the ground, and his face is all wrinkly and cute
We thought it'd be nice to get a group shot of the raisers and their puppies, but none of us had our leashes outside and the puppies didn't feel like cooperating.  That's Tracy on the left with Celia, who's in the middle of making an escape attempt; I'm in the middle with Alfie; he and Natalie are the only ones actually looking at the camera!  Bob's on the right there with Natalie, looking like maybe he'd rather go play with Darrell.  Oh well, we tried!
the three of us puppy raisers kneeling on the ground outside with our squirmy pups
We all enjoyed the time to relax and the pups had fun wearing themselves out.  Meanwhile though, Tracy and I decided to try a mini-puppy swap, giving our pups a chance to expand their experiences with a new handler and new set of situations.  Alfie will go on an official (and longer!) swap later, but I thought staying with Tracy for a couple of days would be a great addition to his education.  She runs the Greenwood School, a learning center for children, and on any given day she's got about a couple dozen little preschool kids running around the place enjoying all kinds of activities.  What a great experience for Alfie, don't you think? 
Alfie's looking at the camera with a worn-out expression on his face and pink tongue showing
Tracy's already raised several guide dog puppies, so don't worry, he's in good hands!  Meanwhile, we've got Celia for a couple of days. 

Celia laying on the floor, looking up with a spunky expression on her face, mouth open, and bright button eyes

...Think anyone will notice the difference?!


Natalie said...

Ah! I'm stealing some of these lol. I'm so mad I didn't have my camera!

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

I put the Bob pictures up just for you Natalie!! He's a cutie!

Natalie said...

lol thanks! if you have any other cute ones email me! Don't feel pressured to right now though! lol I hate email pictures haha. ;)

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

OK Natalie, I've got a couple more I'll send you...

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Good luck Alfie!

Celia, you have lots of fun with Alfie's raiser, you look really cute!