Thursday, December 24, 2009

Great Day

We had a great Christmas Eve with family in Tahoe. The sunset was
amazing!! Lisa, Teal, Tom and I built a snowman and we named him Fred :)
Shawn played in the snow while we built it, she love burying her head
and rolling around and then running in big circles! Now we're having
family game night, playing the Wii, Shawn is sleeping in the room (or
trying to) and every time we say "Mookie" (one of the Wii players names)
Shawn will wake up, we couldn't figure out why and then realized that it
sounds just like "cookie" one of her favorite words :)

Christmas Eve

Shawn is relaxing by the fire and loving it! Oh the life of a retired

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Guitar Hero support

I'm sooooo bad at Guitar Hero, Shawn's here for support ;)

Beautiful Lake Tahoe

Shawn on the pier, ready to play in the snow!

We made it to Tahoe

We made it to Tahoe!! Shawn is so excited to get to play in the snow!
Even if she looks pretty serious in her pictures she's really having
fun. The picture of her with her head in the snow was taken while she
burying her head..pretty cute :) More pictures to come later!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Packed and ready for Tahoe

Tomorrow we're going to Tahoe for Christmas, the bags are packed and Shawn is ready to play in the snow! It should be a lot of fun and I will be sure to keep the blog updated with pictures from the trip.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Chandra & Magic

Chandra has spent the day with her buddy Magic. Next week Magic will be
flying to Portugal to be with his family there. It's going to be really
sad to see him go! My family has been watching Magic since he was 4
months old, he's 7 now. Magic and Hiltie my 2nd puppy grew up together
and since then Magic has been friends with Chandra, McKenna, Omeeka and
Milano. There's a lot of videos and pictures of Magic growing up on this
page. It's going to be really sad to see him go!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

McKenzie goes off to college

Chandra and Randy's puppy McKenzie went off to college at CCI NW today!
She's such a beautiful and smart dog, we all hope she does well!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Happy 7th Birthday Hiltie!!!


Hiltie was my 2nd puppy born to OMSI x Taiko. From the first time I saw her at 4 weeks old I fell in love, she was the BEST puppy to raise and I am so thankful for the time I had with such an amazing dog. Hiltie graduated as a Skilled Companion, there was no doubt she would graduate. LOVE you always Hiltie!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lemonade for CCI

Article from

For four years, Kyle Orent and his fundraising lemonade stand have been a familiar sight around his hometown of Northport. He's the cute kid philanthropist who managed to squeeze tens of thousands of dollars in charitable donations from thirsty folks who needed an ice-cold drink.

Beginning at age 7, Kyle took his stand to local sports games and the annual Cow Harbor Race. He didn't charge for the drinks, but encouraged donations. He raised $20,000 the first year, his mother, Kathy, said. After four years of mashing lemons and auction sales, he's collected $115,000, all for Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that trains dogs to help people with disabilities.

But Kyle's 11 now and a sixth-grader at Northport Middle School, and the lemonade stand has begun to cramp his legs, not to mention his almost-teenager style.

"I'm getting older," he said Thursday night, before accepting a "Local Heroes" award from Bank of America, in a ceremony at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City.

The award, which includes $5,000 donated to the recipient's favorite charity, honors community leaders who contribute significantly to the health of their neighborhood. The bank also donated nearly $450,000 in unrestricted funding to local nonprofit organizations.

Kyle is the youngest recipient in the six years the award has been given, said a bank spokeswoman. He says he wants to be a fundraiser when he grows up. His hero is real estate magnate and TV star Donald Trump.

Why Trump? "He always has a Plan B," Kyle said. "After I sold lemonade, auctions were my Plan B."

Kyle sold his own toys in an online auction, according to his Web site, He also writes to celebrities such as baseball great Hank Aaron, asking them to autograph dog collars. He auctions the collars on eBay's "Giving" charity site.

Almost a third of the money Kyle raised came from the lemonade stand, and the rest from auctions and matching donations from individuals and corporations.

And he hasn't totally given up on exchanging big glasses of lemonade for big bucks. His mother, Kathy, said Kyle's hoping to recruit younger kids to carry on the lemonade tradition.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Demo at CSUS

Last semester I was walking to class with Akeelah and a professor
stopped me and asked if I would come to her class to do a demo sometime,
I said of course. Last semester I went with a group of other assistance
dogs and people showing adaptive equipment. Today it was just a demo on
CCI. My friend came to help and learn more about CCI. Chandra showed off
her commands and Milano was a good girl. The class loved it when Chandra
turned the lights on and picked up my keys. Overall the demo was
informative, the class is for people who want to run/manage parks,
hotels, and leasure activities.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Time to BOUNCE!

Chandra is so excited to have an easier way to Bounce!! It's one of her
favorite things to do and with the new yard she has easier access to the
trampoline, it was put into the ground! There's also a go-kart/running
track that will be fun to play on.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Enjoying another sorority event

Chandra was out at another sorority event today. She loves all the
attention and she got a lot of it today.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Rhianna update

I received an update from Rhianna's Breeder Caretaker (BC). Rhianna was the first puppy born (red collar) in Chandra and Terrell's litter (#2). Rhianna was selected as a breeder and went home to her puppy raiser. Rhianna's first litter was born 4-19-09 and they were the "S" litter:

Rhianna is now pregnant with her 2nd litter and she is due next month!

Friday, October 16, 2009

2010 CCI Calendar

Chandra's puppies and grandpuppies are well represented in the 2010 CCI calendar! On the front cover you can see OMSI's x Ona's "B" litter. Then inside Mica is the featured puppy in the calendar. Milano is also in an insert, this calendar is not captioned, but a puppy picture of Milano is on the bottom of September.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Chandra has been doing well, she is enjoying retiremnet and having a lot of fun! With my busy days at school Chandra has been spending time at a friends house and she loves it! There are 3 boys for her to play with and a HD named Lizbeth that she also gets to play with too, she loves it :) It's really good for her to be able to hang out with people while I'm at school for my long days. There has been a lot of rain here in Sacramento and it hasn't been very fun cleaning a Golden Retriever, but she did get groomed last week and looked like a puppy again :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

VOTE for CCI!!

VOTE for CCI!! There's a chance CCI can get $10,000 in donations from Christie Cookies Company.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Happy 8th Birthday Kedra!!

Where has the time gone?? My very first puppy is turning 8 today!! Kedra was born 9-29-01 (Neffa x Washaki). She was a fun and challenging puppy and I definitely learned a lot from her. Kedra went to high school with me for my Junior and Senior year and now she's living with a family just outside of Sacramento.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Chandra update

It's been awhile since I updated. Chandra is doing great and enojoying her retirement! She's been swimming and having fun with our family.

Today I went to visit Omeeka and her 10 puppies. They are such a nice litter and all very cute! :) The puppy raisers getting O's next month are going to be very lucky.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The M's are 7 months!

Here's a video of Milano doing some of her commands. At the end Chandra joins in on the fun!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Chandra's vacation to the Penicheiro spa

Chandra has been enjoying her week at the Penicheiro spa :) She gets to play with Magic, go to the park, get her teeth cleaned, go for walks and hang out with people all day. I've been in an ASL immersion class for 2 weeks and thought it would be best if Chandra was with friends instead of being home. I'm getting her home tomorrow, I know she's going to be sad to leave the spa ;)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Chandra's a grandma again!

Omeeka had her 2nd litter today! There are 10 golden puppies, 5F/5M. The dad of this litter is Zorba.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Update on puppies and grandpuppies

I recieved a picture of Mica from his PR. Mica definitley has Chandra's eyes.

In other news OMSI's "C" litter with Zoelle (golden retriever-1st litter) born on 6/5/09, recieved their names:
Corinne III- F
Cowan- M
Chiara- F
Cavan- F
Citron- F
Chauncie- M
Christina- F

Saturday, June 13, 2009

CCI youtube video

Check out this great youtube video on CCI facility dogs Jeter and Ellie!

Monday, June 1, 2009


Chandra is now happily retired! Her stitches are out from being spayed and she's enjoying being a dog again. Yesterday she went to a friends house and had a great time swimming in the pool, her favorite activity by far! All I have to say is "Shawn, do you want to go swimming?" and her ears perk up and she's ready to go!!

On Saturday we went to CCI's graduation. It was really nice and always fun getting to see everyone. Makia from Chandra's last litter was down to visit. You could tell they remembered each other, it was very cute! We also say her puppy Akeelah presented as a breeder, Akeelah is a great dog. Hopefully some day I'll raise one of her puppies.

Other than that Chandra has been taking it easy, she's such a good dog :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday M's!!

Chandra would like to wish her litter with Randy IV a very happy 1st birthday!!! Hope you all are enjoying your special day and we hope you're being good for your puppy raisers! :)

Malika, McKenzie IV, Maverick, Monarch II (at the rainbow bridge), Michael II, Mari and Meeka

Daddy Randy on his ranch

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Puppy play date

Luna, Milano, Chandra, Hailey, Gelsey & Akeelah

The dogs had a play date on the tennis court today. They all had a lot of fun running off some energy!!

Chandra, Luna & Akeelah are breeders and Akeelah is Chandra's puppy.

CCI & Build-A- Bear

For the second year in a row, Build-A-Bear Workshop has partnered with Canine Companions for Independence for a special promotion at all stores nationwide and online.

For each stuffed dog (Bearamy Kennel Pals) sold at Build-A-Bear stores or online from May 1 through May 31, the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation will donate $1 to Canine Companions for Independence. They have golden retrievers, black and yellow Labradors ready to be your new stuffed friend.

Last year, the promotion brought in over $60,000 for CCI. CCI has announced this promotion in their April e-newsletter but you can also help spread the word in your area about this special opportunity to support CCI ! (facebook events)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Chandra's puppies

I have recieved some pictures of Chandra's puppies! Look how cute they are :) They also all seem to be doing well, it's always nice to get updates on the puppies.

Mari in Phoenix

Makia II in Seattle, she was taking pictures for bookmarks at the library where kids read to her.

Friday, April 24, 2009

CCI on the News!!

Tonight was CCI puppy class at the Sacramento International airport. What a great class it was! There were two news station filming clips about the dogs. News 10 & 13. The segments were GREAT! Wallis and SD Caspin were stars, as usual. There were a lot of very good puppies there, classes that were held were Big Dogs and Riffraff. People at the airport seemed to like all the cute puppies in the baggage claim area and it was awesome that the airport was so helpful in letting us use their facility.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Swimming and Caspin's boots

Chandra got to go swimming today, she loves it! It's a little scary as you can see in the video, she jump almost onto the wall on the other side, but she pushes herself off. She just thinks it's the best thing! Caspin wasn't so sure about the pool, but Milano thought it was awesome! She's going to be a swimmer as well. Hopefully she won't need swimming lessons like her mom ;)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Playing in the yard

Chandra and Milano had a GREAT time playing in the yard! They love the sun and their puppy pool. The yard is completely fenced and they have a great time running around the grass, jumping into the pool, playing in the bushes, jumping on the trampoline then having some tennis court time.

Enjoy the video!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A week of Demos

This week is going to be filled with demo's!

Here's where we'll be:
Tomorrow- Sac City College Disability Awarness Day
Saturday- UC Davis Picnic Day
Monday- Sac State class demo

I'll be sure to take pictures and update the blog!

Well, so much for the pictures. We got one from the demo today, but I promise I will take more at Picnic Day!

Chandra was great today, too bad we could only stay for a few hours. I had a class that I have to go to, I need to get all the points I can for it!!

CCI had a great showing of puppies, grads and Chandra the breeder! There was a speech on stage that went well and Chandra got to show off some of her commands. She showed off "get", "under", "visit", "lap", "shake", "leash" and "back". SD Caspin also showed off some of his commands. The crowd loved it!
A lot of people learned about CCI today, hopefully a few will get service dogs, there might even be a few new puppy raisers.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

OMSI III update

"B" Litter

Here's an update on OMSI III's litters-

OMSI's 5th litter-"B" with Ona (Hardin II x Pala)
Ona is a Golden Retriever and this is her 1st litter. Ona whelped 9 puppies on February 20th, 2009, two boys and seven girls.
Boys: Brady III and Brock.
Girls: Bodega II, Bonita II, Bijou II, Benicia II, Brianna II, Babs II, and Blanche II.

OMSI's 6th litter- "L" with Halor (Kittredge x Martine)
Halor is a Golden Retriever and this is her 4th litter. Halor whelped 9 puppies on March 30, 2009 (Chandra's birthday!)There are 6 females and 3 males.

Litters due soon:

Dara (Sequoia x Halor)- Due April 28th- 1st litter
Zoelle (Hardin II x Brynna)- Due begining of June - 1st litter

* Interesting fact, Hardin and Halor are siblings and their puppies were bred to OMSI.

OMSI will have 8 litters in total after this with 5 of them being Goldens and 3 LGX.

Another Chandra puppy breeder!!

CCI has made breeder selections from the February turn in class and AKEELAH from Chandra and Kittredge's litter born on 10-06-07 was chosen as a breeder!

This makes 4 breeders for Chandra and at least one breeder from every litter that has turned in!
So far there is:
OMSI III (x Blaze III)- Golden Retriever
Omeeka (x Blaze III)- Golden Retriever
Rhianna (x Terrell)- 3/4 Golden (fluffy coat)
Akeelah (x Kittredge)- Golden Retriever

Akeelah acts and looks so much like Chandra! It will be fun to see her with her puppies, I'm sure she'll be a great mom just like Chandra!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Chandra and Milano had a photo shoot in Davis, hopefully you'll be able to see some of these pictures in the CCI Calendar next year! I've also added more pictures of Milano to her blog.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Party pictures

Here are some pictures from Chandra's birthday party! It was just a little pool party, Gelsey and Hailey came over to play. Milano grew in a week!

Friday, March 27, 2009


I would like to wish Chandra a very Happy 5th Birthday!!!! Since I will be out of the country for her real birthday I am posting this for her now.

OMSI and GDB Natalie II had 9 puppies 5 years ago on March 30th.

Happy Birthday to all!!!

Pascal: Guide Dog
Perry: Guide Dog
Paprika: Guide Dog
Parnell: Guide Dog
Parma (aka Chandra): CCI Breeder
Painter: COC
Pandora: COC
Picadilly: COC
Placido: COC

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Road Trip to Tahoe

Chandra & Milano playing before we leave for Tahoe

Chandra, Milano and SD Caspin enjoyed Lake Tahoe this weekend. The weather was beautiful and the dogs had a lot of fun! It was a quick trip and we're looking forward to going back and having more time to hang out.

Everyone was pretty exhausted from the you can see Chandra was no different. This picture was taken in the dark, she had curled up on the couch. Oh, the life of a breeder! Yes, she is allowed on the couch :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Chandra is RETIRED!!

After 36 puppies for CCI, Chandra has been retired!! When the weather gets nicer I'll have a retirement party here for her with her dog friends and some puppy pools, she'll love it!! I hope to use her great training and get her and I certified as a therapy dog team. She will love visiting with people, she is such a smart, gentle dog. I couldn't ask for a better forever dog.

Monday, March 16, 2009


We left Sacramento at 11 am for CCI in Santa Rosa. Before I played with the puppies for about 2 hours on the tennis court. They loved it!! I also loved the car ride down ;) They did not make a sound, I think the crate training helped, but getting them tired made the most difference. We arrived at CCI at 1 pm. The kennel staff came out to help load the puppies from their crates to the car. Then it was off to the puppy park for some more fun! Everyone was commenting on how calm this litter was, I agree with them, they were a very calm litter. The puppies played on the Clifford slide and the pool (without water), they had a lot of fun, we played with them for about an hour. Once they were even more tired I helped load them into their carrier that would take them back to their kennels. I gave them each a big hug and told them how much I love them and for them to be good for their puppy raisers. I was given a sheet with regions that the puppies are going to..

Milano (NW)- Sacramento
Makia II (NW)- Seattle
Malin (SW)- Denver
Macy III (SW)- Salt Lake
Maura (NC) -?
Mica (NC) - Minnesota

I'm just looking for Malin and Maura now, hopefully someone can pass a long my information.

I had a midterm tonight when I got home and I have one tomorrow along with 2 papers due this week. I sure do miss having the puppies home and I can't wait until tomorrow night when I get Milano back!!!