Junebug Saves the Day!

Junebug sitting in front of the elevator.

This Bug would like to interrupt your regularly scheduled program for an important announcement.

I saved mom from being squashed by elevator doors.

Happy tail wags!

Here is what happened. This morning I guided mom on an errand. We were waiting for the elevator. Mom heard the sound signaling that it had arrived.

At the same time my mom was on her mobile phone. Tisk tisk tisk! 😉 Mom knows better than to do this and normally she never does. It’s kind of comparative to texting while driving not being safe.

My mom is partially blind. Sometimes she stubbornly thinks she can rely on the clear peripheral sight she has.

Well, I think she has learned her lesson.

So, mom was calling to let our transportation know we were ready to go home. She wasn’t paying too much attention to the sounds around her.

Guess who was paying attention?

Me, thankfully!

Mom, gave me the command to go “inside.” I started guiding her in. We were crossing the elevator threshold when I saw that it wasn’t safe to continue.

The doors started to close.

I came to a sudden stop and quickly backed us up.

My mom hung up the phone when she realized what I had just done for her. She was so proud of me. She gave me lots of praise and a yummy treat.

I couldn’t stop wagging my tail.

Guide dogs for the blind do so many things for their partners. What I did today is one prime example.

Here is a video that my mom recorded of me after I had already saved her from the elevator doors. She wanted to recreate the situation to demonstrate to all of you what I did. You’ll notice in this video that I also know how to find her the elevator button. You’ll also notice that once again mom didn’t quite realize the doors were closing, but I did. Listen to her voice. She about told me “Junebug, inside” again, but stops as she realizes the doors are closing.

Am I a rock-star or what?

These are all things I learned at my alumni, Guide Dogs for the Blind.

I love my job!

Cheers to you and woofing all of you a very happy and healthy weekend! 

 ❤ Wags, 

 Junebug 

Ps. I’m have on my harness and pawesome RUFFWEAR booties. I wear the booties to protect my precious paws (in the winter from the salt used when it snows and in the summer from the hot pavement). I also have on my hot pink coat and a pink and grey knitted flower on my collar

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Junebug, the Guide Dog and the Snow

Junebug in harness, standing in the snow.

Have you ever wondered what it looks like when a guide dog works in the snow?

Here’s a video of me yesterday, guiding my mom safely on the snowy sidewalk to her transportation. The video is filmed from mom’s perspective looking down at me.I’m sporting my hot pink winter jacket and am wearing booties.

Aren’t I doing good at work?

You’ll notice that I come to a stop once we get to the intersecting sidewalks. I then wait for mom to tell me which way to go. Yeah, unfortunately guide dogs are not a GPS.

Where we go depends upon the commands our handlers give us (i.e. Junebug left, Junebug right, Junebug halt). It’s a step by step process and the two have to work together. This is why they call a guide dog and their handler a team.

It’s pretty neat, don’t you think?

I love my job and think my mom and I are a PAWesome team!

Junebug standing in the snow with her toy is next to her.

Remember me mentioning in previous blog posts/videos about the importance of balancing guide dog work with play time? Once we got home from mom’s appointment, she took me outside to play in the snow.

It was fun, well sort of. I was raised by two fantastic puppy raisers in Southern California. I definitely prefer the warm sunshine and playing in the Pacific Ocean than the snow, by far any day.

Tomorrow we are supposed to get sub zero temperatures. Brrrr, that’s too cold. It looks like I’ll be California dreaming.

❤ Wags,
Junebug

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Dog Day Anniversary 2015

Junebug sitting up in front of her mom who is sitting on a chair.

It was Dog Day at Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) four years ago from today. It was the day my mom and I first met.

I remember the moment if it were yesterday.

It was February 16, 2011. My GDB trainer brought me to meet my mom in her campus dorm room. She handed my leash (which was attached to my collar) over to my mom who then began crying happy tears.

It was the beginning of our partnership.

This is the first photo (and the prelude of a bazillion more) 🙂 taken of the two of us. I am her first guide dog. In this photo I am a few months shy of two years old.

❤ Wags,
Junebug

*Note: Dog Day is a day filled with emotions. It is a special day for any handler. It is the day a guide dog first meets their blind/visually impaired partner. Although the guide dog is fully trained, the first time handler is not. At GDB, the two spend several more weeks at the school in class training together. Generally returning handlers getting a new guide dog spend slightly less time.

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10 Things About Junebug

Close up photo of Junebug’s face | © 2014

Here are 10 things about myself, wags!

  1. My name is Junebug. I will be six years old in May 2015. I am a working Guide Dog and an alumni of Guide Dogs for the Blind. I was trained at the San Rafael, CA campus.
  2. My mom is an advocate, motivational speaker, and artist. I guide her to all of her speaking events. This means I have logged in a lot of air-miles. I have the whole riding in an airplane at my mom’s feet down. I’m so well behaved on the plane, that most people don’t even know I’m there.
  3. I work hard, but I also play hard. I have three – yes, THREE overflowing toy boxes. It’s very important to balance work with play. My favorite toy right now is my new bright green Kong ring with a rope and handle.
  4. I am a female yellow Labrador Retriever. And, I have a black birthmark like spot on my tongue.
  5. I was raised in southern California.
  6. I once used my Guide Dog skills to save my mom from being hit by (of all things) an ambulance. I saw it coming and quickly backed us up out of the way.
  7. I have a BFF who’s name is Jules. He also is a Guide Dog. We often get together and have play-dates.
  8. I’m currently living in Kentucky.
  9. I came trained as a Guide Dog for the Blind, but additionally my mom has taught me twenty-seven tricks and counting!
  10. I love my job and I love life. I have an outgoing personality. I check it in while I’m at work, but when I’m not working I am full of wags.
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