When I was five I sat on Santa’s lap and asked for a dog “like Old Yeller”. My mother popped up from behind her camera and said, “No, no! Mommy vetoes that.” Six years later, I wore them down and Tucker, a sweet little black lab joined our family. He wasn’t yellow... but he was mine and we were inseparable. I used to spend all of my free time in the yard, building dog agility courses out of scrap materials from my dad’s garage and assorted patio furniture. We romped in creeks and through fields and snuck onto the golf course behind our house to swim in the ponds. I taught Tucker how to catch and fetch, how to run through an impressive line-up of tricks and how to play hide and seek. He taught me the joy of loving and training a good dog.
So I guess my parents weren’t totally surprised when I joined Guide Dogs for the Blind As a volunteer puppy raiser. Raising Jenner (aka JB), my first puppy with the organization and my very own Old Yeller (finally), was such a joy. If you’ve been following along, you know JB went to Guide Dog college in January after living and training with me for 14 months. When a small cataract was discovered in one eye, JB was career changed (the polite way to say a puppy in training won’t become a guide dog). The number one question I get as a puppy raiser... well, besides “Can I pet your dog?” (answer: no, not while he’s working)... is “Won’t it break your heart to give him up?” (answer: 1,000x yes). It’s heartbreaking to watch them go to college, heartbreaking to hear the news that your dog, for whatever reason, didn’t make the cut, heartbreaking to figure out what’s next for your baby who has trained his whole life for this one job that didn’t pan out for him. And honestly it probably would have been just as heartbreaking to see him succeed and know I may never see him again.
Being a volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind isn’t for the faint of heart. There are ups and downs and times of uncertainty. But when the dust settles and your baby ends up right where he was meant to be, running off leash by your favorite river, you get to smile and remember the joy of loving and training a good dog.
Well!! Mt. Shasta has been canceled for this weekend due to ominous weather. Any one need a tag-along to add to their Memorial Day weekend plans? 👣👍🏼. #hitchhiker
This is a throwback to one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever backpacked to. #anseladamswilderness
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Mount Whitney Houston ——————————————————————————— I’ve never had an urge to climb mountains because the view from below is more majestic than the view atop. If i wanted to see the world from above I’d just get a window seat on an airplane... amiright?
Also, climbing mountains is dangerous and also why... so i can tell my friends HEY I CLIMBED THAT! 👆🏽 ... cool story bro
Anyways heres my favorite mountain which happens to be the tallest mountain in the lower 48 of America: Mount Whitney. The Native Americans called it Tumanguya but after the death of Whitney Houston they changed it to Mt. Whitney to honor her legacy.
Elsô hét✅ Mind edzésekben mind pedig a diétával kapcsolatban!💪🏼
Direkt nem akartam a testemrôl és annak pozitîv változásáról képet, mert elsôdlegesen nem errôl szól az egész.
Nagyon figyeltem arra, hogy miként fogom érezni magam a bőrömben. Hááát...meglepő!😅😅😃 Ettem amennyit jól esett és amiből a tervezett kereteimen belül akartam, és könnyebbnek, kipihentebbnek érzem a testem a nehéz edzések ellenére. Plusz valahogy mintha jobban is tudna az izomzatom regenerálódni a megfelelő tápanyagbevitel miatt🤭🦋😸🥬🥒🍊🥕🍠🍤🍓 És még csak 1hét telt el☺️☺️☺️☺️💥💥💥💥 OHLALAAA💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
(Oh, és kérdeztétek a kávét miért nem iszom most. Azért mert így a szervezetem magától jelezheti ha pihenésre van szüksége, plusz a kávé savasít is, amire most nincs szükségem😃🙅🏼♀️, viszont ittam egy koffeinmenteset a pihenőnapunkon, ami meglepően jó volt és tudtam aludni is simán tőle😏🤷🏼♀️) •
La subida al Collado del Cóndor o mejor conocido como: Pico El Águila 📍 es un monumento e hito como punto a mayor altura de la carretera trasandina en el estado #Mérida . 🏔
Ubicándose a 4.118 msnm ⬆️ entre las localidades de Timotes y Apartaderos en el páramo de #Mucuchíes de la #SierraNevada de Mérida. ❄️
La fotaza 📷 no podía ser de otro que de nuestro pana @saab.visual ⚡️
So the bike is finally home. Got some killer work done by @striperjosh he nailed it 💪 couldn't be happier. Can't wait to have the whole thing together 🔥👌 Hopefully getting a new video up this weekend so hit the profile for a link to the channel 🤘
Before/After some Snapseed + Lightroom magic. The main goal is editing without tasteless oversaturation.
That’s probably the hardest part because you always think if you scroll up that saturation button it’s gonna look prettier but in fact you are just getting acidic colors and nothing more.
The time spent watching @petermckinnon editing videos was definitely worthwhile.
A moment of silence for our comrades in the NE and Midwest facing temperatures colder than the arctic right now while we get treated to this 😬 come to Nevada, y’all! We are waiting for you to be warm just like @travelforpictures .
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A trip to the Sierra Nevada for some #snowboarding and #skiing . 🎿🏂
The winter season often ranges from early December to late March/April. We were extremely lucky to have the best of both worlds with intense sun and perfect snow conditions. Bring on next year! ❄️