Puppy Story - Brandon

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lisa'a Good-Bye Poem to Brandon

Brandon Moves On

I shared with Brandon a special type of bind
So much love, faith, and complete trust
Dreaming before to have that heartfelt find
Feelings one hopes to be able to touch

It was unconditional love at first sight
All I could think to do was hold him so tight
I truly thought at times my heart would burst

All those looks that would come across his face
To be able to make a gray day turn to sun
Are memories my mind will not erase
This journey has taught me I'm the lucky one

I will send him off with my very best
In hopes he will conquer when put to the test

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Pup and Puppy Raiser Full of Thanks

With Thanksgiving just around the corner Brandon's volunteer puppy raiser Lisa took a moment to reflect on what she's thankful for, and what Brandon would be thankful for.

Lisa's thankful for:
  • Having Brandon as a part of the family
  • Cherished memories with Brandon
  • Brandon's smiles that can always make her laugh

    Brandon's thankful for:
  • Conquering his fear of pine cones
  • Going for rides in the car and not being afraid
  • Not being called Brandon "No" so much
  • For being in a loving home with a great assistance dog role model, lots of cuddle time and really, really good TREATS!

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Brandon Discovers the Great Outdoors, and Lisa Gets the Turn-In Papers

    "I know when I get the turn-in papers that it's time to start emotionally letting go of Brandon," Lisa shares.

    While being faced with the fact that it's nearly time to say good-bye to Brandon is difficult for Lisa, she knows that Brandon could change someone's life as an assistance dog.

    "I'm hoping that Brandon will experience what my daughter Olivia experiences with her Service Dog Kya," explains Lisa.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Growing Up, But Still the Baby

    "Brandon still thinks he's a small puppy. He still loves to be cradled no matter how big he gets, his long legs pass mine as we wit on the floor and I rub his tummy until he snores. Yes, my family thinks I'm over doing it at times, be he's so loving I just can't help myself. He has a very special gentleness about him that you can't help but fall in love with him the minute you look into those warm brown eyes. What makes him extra special is his love for life, he's always happy walking around with a wagging tail and grin, and is curious about everything going on around him," explains Lisa.

    "He absolutely is my sidekick no matter what I'm doing, loading the dish washer, to reading a book, or folding laundry. Whatever it may be Brandon is right behind me, ant that's a wonderful feeling. Of course, I give Brandon plenty of practice being alone too, so that he's able to be on his own without being nervous, but it's no exaggeration to say that we both have more fun together," Lisa shares.

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    A Look at Canine Companions from Both Sides

    Brandon's volunteer puppy raiser Lisa recently watched her daughter Olivia complete Team Training and graduate as Service Team with her assistance dog Kya.

    "As I sat and watched Olivia go through Team Training on her own to become a service team with Kya, I dreamed that one day an excited family would be sitting in my spot watching Brandon and hoping their loved one will be bringing him home to live with increased independence," shares Lisa.


    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    A Huge Accomplishment

    "Brandon has made a huge accomplishment this month! In puppy class we were asked to work on having a pup stay in their crate with the door open and not come out until asked. Well at first this was challenging. After taking my role as pack-leader back and working consistently with Brandon he has achieved the goal. I'm sure his puppy obedience class teacher will be very pleased with his success," Lisa shares.


    Thursday, June 30, 2011

    A Year of Devotion

    Brandon's size has certainly changed over the last year, but so much about his heart remains the same.

    Here are some of Lisa's observations about Brandon as he turns on-year-old:


    Sweet and loving
    Devoted and loyal
    Loves treats and cuddles
    Doesn't love bath time


    Gets in and out of the car on command
    "Hurries" appropriately*
    Loves tennis balls

    * Hurry is the toileting command

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    One of The Best Moments

    "The most endearing moment we had was a few weeks ago when I heard a mom say to her young child, 'maybe one day you will have a dog like that.' Well of course Brandon and I became Canine Companions Ambassadors! The child was a little boy, about 3 years old, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a subject very close to my heart because my daughter Olivia has cerebral palsy. We educated the parent on how a Canine Companions dog can change a person's life and told her how she could get more information. The best part was Brandon's willingness to let the little boy pet him, which made the little boy giggle and smile. These special times are when I'm honored to be given the chance to raise a puppy and change a life," explains Lisa.

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    Rain Rain Go Away!

    This winter Brandon got to experience lots of different weather conditions from sunny and clear to rain showers, hail and thunderstorms.

    He decided going "hurry" in the rain was a pain. And playing in the hail made him bail! And the thunder nearly sent him straight into an under. But with Lisa's patience and socializing Brandon was looking like his old self again.


    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    Brandon's Puppy Raiser Lisa Knows It's All About Love...

    Putting in a hundred percent and getting a hundred percent back in return is one thing we don't always receive in our day to day lives very often. I'm not saying it's easy to love so deeply and then let go and send these pups on their journey that they were meant for, it's actually the hardest thing I've ever done. The truth of the matter is, I'm heartbroken and sad when I send them off, but I know it only means I've done what I'm supposed to do. Love them with all my heart. And it's time for me to hope that they'll pass it on.

    For me, that's when it's time to start all over again. That's why Brandon is the fourth puppy I've raised for Canine Companions. And something tells me, who won't be the last.


    Wednesday, January 19, 2011

    New Year's Resolutions


    To be less of a clown and more of a Prince in Puppy Class
    Learn how to get more treats
    Not to cry so much
    To go to Lisa the first time she says "Here"


    To remain the pack leader even in the face of those puppy dog eyes
    To attend every puppy class...even when it's really cold outside
    To stay positive when training is a challenge
    Continue enjoying every moment I have with Brandon

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010

    Making Wishes

    My puppy raiser mom Lisa tells me shes wishing for:

    *Brandon to help someone gain independence
    *More sleep on the weekends
    *No more puppy teeth marks on her flip-flops
    *Brandon to want to get in and out of the car
    *Brandon to stay excited about his training

    My wishes, well really I just have one wish. To make all of Lisa's wishes come true.

    Okay, and treats!

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    The Prince is The Clown?

    They call me the class clown and the class greeter at puppy class. Can you believe that? I'm just trying to help everyone feel comfortable and let everybody know how happy I am to see them. This is what my mom Lisa has to say about it:

    Brandon insists on going up to visit all his friends and say hi with a lick on the face and a wag of his tail.

    As a puppy raiser, I know this isn't acceptable behavior for puppy class, but trying to convince Brandon of this is not so easy. He's a social puppy and really can't help but to be the life of the party or in this case puppy class. This doesn't mean he's not there to work, he's very willing to learn and does so with great enthusiasm.

    Our family put together how we see Brandon's personality at 5 months old. I thought it would be fun to see Brandon's progress in words:

    Brave Rambunctious Adorable Needy Determined Observant Noble

    Do you have some thoughts about Brandon's personality? Share them on CCI's facebook page.

    Friday, October 22, 2010 
    BBQs, BFFs and Baths

    I went to a BBQ for Olivia's school. So many good smells, bummer I wasn't allowed to sample the flavors - but mom Lisa gave me treats and loves galore for minding my manners.

    While I was there, Olivia's friends just started coming up to me, petting me and even taking pictures with me. They're my new BFFs from Olivia's high school. And then there was...the bath. Ok, so totally not my first bath, I always liked the bath in the kitchen sink. But now I'm told I'm too big for the sink.

    It was my first "Big Boy" bath. Not so cool. Mom gave me warm water and kibble. But I couldn't help it - I cried and cried. Finally mom wrapped me up in a towel and sat with me in the swing while I fell asleep. This was my favorite part...snuggling...just not my favorite way to get there.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010 

    Brandon's First Conquest: The Pine Cone

    Hi! I'm Canine Companions puppy Brandon II, but everyone calls me "The Prince." Good thing it only took my puppy raiser a few days to figure that one out (lol)!

    My puppy raiser Lisa, is pretty awesome. I'm the fourth puppy she's raised for CCI. But the best part is that her daughter Olivia has a Canine Companions graduate dog Kya. Kya is like my idol, and Olivia, rocks.

    I felt pretty special yesterday and more excited than ever to learn how to be a Canine Companions assistance dog when I heard Lisa talking on the phone. Guess what I heard Lisa tell her friend, "I just love Brandon, he's got the most soulful eyes you have ever seen. Not only do I have the pleasure of experiencing so many new things through the eyes of this beautiful boy, I also know first hand the miracles that will be possible as the result of our time together."

    Thanks, Mom. I'll do my best. But really there's so much to learn out there! Like pine cones, boy did I learn about pine cones...

    So there I am walking with Lisa, staying on the path like a 'good boy' when right there in front of me is this giant, smelly thing.

    I stopped right there and reached out to smell it better before I got any closer. I reached my nose right up to it and got the scent of trees when it poked me. I mean really, poking! It hurt, and I decided I didn't want to play with it anymore and ran behind Lisa's legs.

    But I cam back the next day and the day after that. Now, I know all about pine cones. They smell good, and they can poke you. But, if you just walk around them, then you're all good.

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