What day is today?

Photo collage of six images of Uschi surrounding the text "Today Uschi is SIX!"

Why, it’s Uschi’s birthday!

Eight Years Young!

Photo collage of eight images of Yara (and me) surrounding the text "Happy birthday, Yara!"

Today Yara is eight! It sort of boggles my mind, especially when I realize it’s been nearly three years since she retired. Time has gone by way too fast for my liking.

I’m actually going to be visiting her, and her new little brother Eli, next week, but I’ll be seeing Dad and Keith tonight1 so I’ll be sending them home with her new Lamb Chop plushie.2 By all accounts she is doing fabulous. Dad and Keith note that she’s finally starting to play with Eli, which is a big step up from back in May when she was barely tolerating him, and in fact he quite often tests the limits of her Lupine collar by grabbing onto it with his mouth and literally dragging her around.

  1. My grandmother’s birthday was Wednesday, so we’re taking her out tonight.
  2. Eli isn’t being left out; I also picked him up a snazzy new Lupine collar.

International Assistance Dog Week

Today through the 11th is International Assistance Dog Week (IADW), which is sponsored through Assistance Dogs International (ADI). In recognition of “all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations” I present to you a collage of my guide dogs:

Collage of various photos of my three guide dogs

International Guide Dog Day

Collage of three black-and-white images of Yara, Dolly and Uschi in harness