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The E Litter Meets an Amazing Milestone

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Where are they now, those extraordinary E Litter puppies? Canine Companions for Independence has shared an update of the destiny of the amazing creatures. A tissue alert, people.

Help is a Four-Legged Word™

On September 14, 2012, Canine Companions for Independence along with corporate sponsor Eukanuba introduced the world to eight newborn pups – Emma, Everett, Ella, Elmo, Euka, Emily, Ethan and Eliza, a.k.a “the E Litter.”

First family photo First family photo

Their journey to extraordinary began that day and we’ve been following them ever since. From being placed with their volunteer puppy raisers, working on challenging commands and socialization to the developing advanced skills in professional training and participating in Team Training, the E Litter has met many milestones both large and small. These wonderful dogs have given us great insight into what it takes to become a life-changing assistance dog.

We are thrilled to announce that seven of the eight E Litter pups have achieved this milestone and we have every confidence they will continue to meet new challenges and opportunities with the grace and strength they’ve shown since they day they were…

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Happy Halloween from Miss Holly

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Happy Halloween, y’all.

Wordless Wednesday: The devil you say

At seven months old, Holly’s growth is more mental than physical at this point.

I may be handy with the camera, but it’s a challenge to capture the essence of her gray matter maturing as it is. So now would be a good time to adjust the weekly Holly photos to a once-a-month kinda schedule.

And speaking of the Canon, I should have put that word handy in air quotes.

What is the number one rule of photographers? What? I don’t know. I was hoping you did. Anyway, one of the big rules is … watch your background.

Don’t wait until you’ve uploaded your photos on the laptop before you notice there’s a pumpkin stem growing from your puppy’s head. Or that rogue propane tank that’s messing with the mood of your fall scene.

Propane tanks are so summer.

And wait, what on dog’s green earth is that in the window?  Son of a … that’s Cap’n Windy. How did she get on the porch when I had her decorating the living room in her Halloween getup.

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Curse You, Red Baron

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Bring it, Red Baron
No really. Bring it. Food Lady wants pizza.

Micron! cries Holly. She runs into the kitchen where The Mighty is licking the last of the peanut butter from inside his Kong toy.

You’ll never guess what I did today! says Holly. Never in a gazillion dog years! Guess!

Sounds like the odds are against me, says Micron. But whatever it was, I know it didn’t involve a peanut butter Kong on the sofa. So there.

Ooh, peanut butter Kong, sighs Holly.

Yeah, says Micron.

Dang, says Holly. But listen to this! I got to fight the Red Baron today!

You fought a frozen pizza? asks Micron. Who won?
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Wordless Wednesday: Put treat here

Let’s save some time, says Holly. Just put the treats … here.

And this is how you train the trainer, people.  Another weekly photo shoot and a pocket full of dog cookies.  Holly is learning to respond to Cookie! as well as she does her name.

We’ll be weaning her from this expectation now. I mean, for goodness sake, the pup knows how to Sit and Stay.

And to look at the camera on cue. It’s just that the cue is a dog cookie.

Holly can certainly work it for the camera with the proper motivation. Here she is in a Nice Sit/Stay, all alert with ears perked.

Because I’m making wolf howl-y noises to keep her attention. You just gotta go with what works in this gig.

By the way, check out last week’s photo to see our nearly leaf free backyard. Thanks to the sycamore, with leaves as large as dinner plates, we get to witness the very act of season falling upon us.
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Want to see a comparison for these weekly photos?  Give this link a click to Watch Holly Grow to see the past posts.

Loving Autumn

Do you love autumn as much as I do? Refusing to start the furnace just yet in these cooler temps, we did start up the fireplace in the evening. Even without the wood smoke, the air even smells different this time of year.

If you’re on Pinterest, I’ve started two boards to capture the essence of this season of fire and color. Give us a click and repin anything that may speak to you.

Loving Autumn on Pinterest.

The spirit of Halloween on Pinterest.

And of course there are dogs there, too.  Canine photos pinned among the falling leaves and smiling pumpkins.

Look closely and you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Banana Dog.

Wordless Wednesday: Fog alert

How cool is that, I think as I check the morning weather by way of the west facing kitchen window.

A foggy dewscape this morning.

I wipe the sleep boogers from Holly’s eyes and walk her outside with an edgy and mood laden photo in mind.

And instead get a rather underexposed shot for my troubles.

Gloomy’s a mood, right?

But no matter. We’ll wait things out for this week’s birthday photo.

And a few hours later, I wipe the sleep boogers from Holly’s eyes for the second time today as she awakens from her afternoon nap and we once again head outside to the awaiting blackboard.

And we find that the Golden Hour offers up a backdrop that’s a bit more uplifting for our sunny girl’s personality.

Twenty eight weeks old now.

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Want to see a comparison for these weekly photos?  Give this link a click to Watch Holly Grow to see the past posts.

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