Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May Graduation Part 2

We headed to Canine Companion's Northeast Campus on Long Island Thursday after brunch.  we had called them the week before asking if they offered tours before the graduation ceremony on Friday because the actual ceremony is held at a hotel and we really wanted to see the campus.  After hearing that we were puppy raisers from another region, they said we could get the "real" tour if we came Thursday, hehe!  That turned out to be perfect since we planned to stay the night there and see my aunt and uncle Thursday night anyway.  

We got just a little lost and ended up on 42nd Street.  It has been years since I've been in New York City, so it was fun to drive through anyways.  Moray slept the whole way, but (spoiler alert!) he *may* be back to work the city in the fall!

I would be lying if I said I didn't tell Moray more than once that he "better be on his best behavior!" Puppies will be puppies, and sixteen hours in the car over the last 48 hours didn't help him out much either!  But to his credit, he did very well and I was proud at how hard he tried...even if puppy brain took over a little!
With the infamous Woodstock!
It was really neat to tour the Northeast Region and see the similarities and differences compared to the Southeast.
Kennels! Don't remember the names of these sweeties.
Anyone know Nation or Maddie's raisers? Sweet girls!

Medical room

Some Advanced Training Dogs playing
Am I the only one who finds CCI's walls so amazingly inspiring?! Haha!
After our tour we got to see my aunt and uncle and meet sweet Hickory who they had been matched with.  We also got to sit in on the graduates' last lecture which was such a cool insight into the "other side" of CCI.  It was so neat to see this side of excitement, reception, and joy after only ever being on the side of tears and saying goodbye to the puppy you've raised and loved for 18 months.  To see and meet many of the new teams and families and hear about their stories from the last two weeks was an amazing experience.  I guess as a puppy raiser you have to imagine so much of what your dog is doing in Advanced Training and during Team Training that it was neat to see it become real.
Lecture time in the cafeteria. 

Hey Hickory!
I always find it fun the watch the difference in graduate dogs and puppies in training.  I get complimented on a daily basis about how well behaved my pups are.  Don't get me wrong: both Dante and Moray had/have pretty great public manners, but seeing the mature dogs who have had such extensive professional training side by side with puppies is so much fun for me.  And of course, being there Thursday, Moray was the only puppy in yellow until we went to the play yard, so I definitely had the little whippersnapper, haha! After the lecture wrapped up and we were talking together, we asked about taking Hickory and Moray out to the play yard, and one of the trainers looks at Moray and says, "Absolutely.  This one really needs it, huh?"  Oh Moray!  You try so hard to be a good boy, but sometimes you just need to run it out!

Levine! 4 months old and the only pup out there smaller than Moray my peanut!
Moray played very nicely the entire time, and ran hard, and I mean h-a-r-d for 45 minutes with other dogs who were graduating and a few puppies in training.  

We went out to dinner nearby, and Moray was excellent.  About 15 minutes into our meal, a group of puppy raisers, graduates, and supporters of CCI came in and sat a few tables away along with at least six other CCI puppies and dogs.  This was the first time Moray has ever seen other dogs in public (besides puppy class), and he did amazing.  He perked his head up as they all walked in and got settled, but never tried to get up or bring attention to himself.  He soon rested his head again, completely ignoring them, and went to sleep.  He was one tired pup and slept soundly in yes, our third different place in three days!

1 comment:

  1. Love those pictures of the play yard! I'm taking Cassius to NYC this summer, it should be interesting! Luckily I'm super-familiar with it and have been there a lot, so I can concentrate on him a bit. He does great in downtown SF, but NYC is an entirely different matter! Hickory is adorable, too.


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