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Graduation festivities

This weekend, Beale received a hug from an otter, a wave from a sea lion and quite a fright from an arial dance rope (web? piece of fabric?)… anyway… it was quite an adventure for Beale (and for her parents).

The three of us made the trek to Santa Cruz, California, in two separate cars. Mom rode with our good friend R. (O’Malley’s Momma!); Dad and Beale rode with R.’s husband, S. The five of us met up at a bar in Santa Cruz. It was a new experience for Beale, as the bar was quite “college-town” (smoky and loud and crowded). She also witnessed her first game of pool (I think. There may have been others, but I think this was another new experience.). Beale handled it all like a pro.

In the hotel room, Dad put a towel on the floor for Beale’s “bed” and asked her to lie down. From that moment on, that towel was Beale’s spot. She could be found there whenever we were in the hotel room. This was a DREAM COME TRUE, after Miss Trego, who would have shared the bed with me or wandered the room all night had she been asked to sleep somewhere without a kennel.

In the morning (EARLY in the morning) we all drove to Monterey Bay to witness our friend M.’s graduation. The graduation was held in a football stadium, and it was quite a crowd.

Our friend M. is the pretty one in sunglasses with the big smile. She graduated last weekend!

Again, Beale was a pro. Leon Panetta was there, and Dad tried REALLY hard (but failed) to get Beale’s picture with him. (The CIA flies planes out of Beale AFB.) The ceremony took about two hours, during which Beale had the chance to meet the CSU Monterey Bay mascot, a large otter named Monte Ray.

Beale with Monte Ray. She wasn't sure what to make of the giant otter, but wasn't scared either.

After the graduation festivities, Beale asked to borrow M.’s graduation cap so she could see what it felt like. It turns out Beale is NOT ready to graduate. She’d like to be a puppy for a little bit longer.

Beale wearing M.'s graduation cap.

Because we had just witnessed M.’s graduation (yay!) we of course had to party a bit. M.’s friends and family members met up at a bar called 99 Bottles for beer (duh) and fried food and celebration of M.’s success. The party later continued at M.’s cousin’s house, where M., her cousin and many of their friends (including Dad!) did some arial dancing. (I know, it sounds weird, but it is REALLY cool.) R. has some pictures and video of Beale’s reaction, which we will post sometime soon. In short, she freaked out. Beale was watching her friends and her Dad float about three feet off the ground (well, swing, really) on big strips of fabric. It was incredibly cool, but really hard for Beale to wrap her head around. By the end of the night, though, our girl had herself under control and was a happy camper.

On Sunday, R. took Beale, Mom, Dad and S. to the beach in Santa Cruz. You may remember that Beale loves the beach. She didn’t love the boardwalk quite so much, but we found out pretty quickly that it was because she needed to “hurry up” and there was no place to go. Ooops!

Dad and Beale on the boardwalk in Santa Cruz.

While at the boardwalk, Beale got a look at some sea lions, but we don’t have a picture. Then we drove back to Sacramento and CRASHED. It was a hectic weekend and Beale did wonderfully. She’s SO easy. I should have named this blog something else. Oh well.

In success and failure and with love,

Becka and Beale

May 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm 3 comments

Before and after -or- Beale got a new vest!

May 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm 1 comment

Best friends

Beale is finally taller than Lamp (the yellow dog), but she’s not as chunky. Beale weighs about 58 pounds… Lamp’s around 75.

May 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm 2 comments

Check out our new button!

Beale’s scholarship fund is now accepting donations! (Well, KSDS, inc., has always been accepting donations. But now you can click on a button on our sidebar and make a donation RIGHT NOW! The site is secure and all donations are welcome and appreciated. Help Beale become an assistance dog today.

And if you have your own blog, website, etc., add your own button by sticking this bit of HTML into your sidebar.

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Thanks!

Love from Sacramento,

Becka and Beale

May 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm 2 comments

What happens when you tie balloons to Beale?

May 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm 1 comment

“Beale’s” blankets

Beale has three blankets that she calls her own. The first is a supercute pink number that was sent home from KSDS with her.

(Here I have to admit that I hated the pink blanket at first. Steve and Oceana got a pretty, contemporary pattern. We were “stuck” with what was left… it’s a bit girly and a bit country. At first, I wasn’t a fan. But as Beale has turned out to be a girlygirl, the pink has grown to suit her and grown ON me.)

At first, Beale slept with this blanket. At Aunt Pam’s house in Kansas, she slept in a big plastic bin with her trusty blanket.

When she got to Sacramento, I gave Beale two of my favorite blankets (the only ones I brought from Kansas to California, in fact.). One of those blankets is a fleece tie blanket that my friend Sam made for me for our first Christmas as friends. That’s Sam on the left.

The fleece blanket is red with white hearts on one side and pink on the other. It’s pretty faded, but it’s still cosy and reminds me of that winter SO long ago (more than seven years ago!).

The last blanket is the one I want to talk about. See, it was supposed to be MINE. It’s a T-shirt blanket that I made when I graduated from high school. It has 20 T-shirt patches that chronicle my entire high school career. High school yearbook, city swim team, a fun run, journalism competitions… it’s all in that blanket. The back side is super soft material that just warms you up.

Somehow, this blanket became “Beale’s.” I think we needed something to put over the kennel at night so she couldn’t see the other dogs (and get in trouble with them) while she was supposed to be asleep. This must have been what was handy and what I was willing to risk for my dog. (Everything else in the house belongs to Jack…)

It turns out it was a risk. Beale has torn the corner of this blanket to bits. Then I fixed it (added a new T-shirt, some patches… the works. I even hand sewed!). And she has torn it apart again.

So one of todays projects is to fix the T-shirt blanket!

I’m off.

Love from Sacramento,

Becka


May 14, 2010 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Dad! STOP taking my picture!

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Please ignore the fact that Beale is on the bed. Focus instead on her adorable little face and her super cute feet. Enjoy.

May 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

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