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Sunday, January 27, 2013

College Life Here we Come :)

Boy, things sure were busy this week and a lot of changes in my life.  Mom talked to me about them most of the week but it all came to a reality on Friday.  Let me tell you about being college bound !

Mom and me spent time in the office this week instead of out on "Training Moments"  Mom got my Training Manual out and we went over lots and lots of information in the book.  Mom said this was stuff I needed to know for my Pre-ACT testing when I get to KSDS College.  It was a pretty big book so we were in the office most mornings studying. I liked studying in private so I found a nice place under Mom's desk.   Mom also went through all of my paper work to pack in my bags.  I had health records, training reports, grooming reports and other things Mom called "Misc. things"

Grandma came to visit this week along with a few other two legged and four legged friends.  Grandma is sooooo nice to me and even ounce feed me a table scrap. 

The BIG day arrived on Friday.  We all got up early and Mom and Dad had coffee in the office while I went over my KSDS Training Book again before it was packed away for the drive to Washington, Kansas where KSDS College is located.  After Mom and Dad checked their email and I finished studying we all headed out for a walk around the lake.  I thought this odd since we usually only do it on the weekend but Mom said this was a special day.  Mom and Dad kept saying "This is the last time for this or that "  Little did I know what the day was to bring  ??? 

Mom finally sat down with me and told me we were getting in the car to drive to KSDS in about an hour or so.  I was kind of upset because she knows how I feel about car rides and getting car sick so Mom gave me one of my pink motion sickness pills.   I haven't had one of those in a while so everyone was hoping it would work since the drive to KSDS College is about three hours.  Dad loaded up the car with my bed, dishes, blanket, books and toys and RUTHIE,  She usually doesn't go with me on Training things so I was excited to have company on the ride. 

We left around 10:00 or at least that is what I heard Dad say since I can't tell time.  Ruthie and I were in the back and Mom and Dad in the front.  Everything was going pretty good for about an hour then that icky car sickness snuck up on me and I politely went to the back of the car and made a deposit.  Dad pulled over after a short bit at a truck stop to clean up so we didn't have to have the icky stuff in the car and so Ruthie and I could "Hurry Up".   After we got back on the road I stayed in the back just in case something would happen again.

We arrived at KSDS College around 1:30.   Dad was a hungry camper so he stopped and bought some sub-sandwiches.  I wasn't hungry but Ruthie was up in the front of the car trying to snatch a bite.

After lunch we all headed off to the KSDS College campus.  First we met the Director of Campus Activities- Deb.  She was such a NICE person and greeted Mom, Dad, me and Ruthie.  She took Dad, Mom and me on a tour of campus. 

Mom, Me & Deb - The Director of Campus Activities

The Student  Cafeteria

Student Dorms
Student Bathrooms
Student Health Clinic
Met a Wonderful Professor - Letha

After our dorm tour we went back and got Ruthie.  Since she was not going to college she wasn't allowed  to go into the dorms.  Everyone was then off to see some of the classrooms.  On our way there we saw some upper classmen out training and some Freshmen in class.   Mom said everyone starts out as Freshmen then as they pass their training tests they move up until one day they graduate. 

After our tours were over Mom, Dad, Ruthie and I went to the KSDS social and recreational yard.   Dad took me aside and talked to me about BOYS in college and you have to kind of watch out for them.  Mom then took me aside and talked to me about college life and meeting new friends, studying hard and finding a balance.  She had tears in her eyes so not sure what that was all about ??  Ruthie talked to me about her college days and that everything will be OK.  Not to get homesick and be a BIG girl.  Wonder if home sick is like car sick ?/  Hope not !!

After about 20 minutes we left and Ruthie and I said our "Good Byes"   Mom, Dad and me unloaded all of my stuff from the back of the car and headed over to the classrooms.   Mom had already explained to me that I was going back to KSDS College early and would be staying there for a few weeks.  I will be taking my Pre-School physical - mainly to evaluate my car sickness - along with my Pre-ACT test.   Hope all of the last minute studying pays off ??  After all of the testing is done then Deb the Director of Campus Activities will decide if I passed and will get to continue with college or be released early to be just a wonderful family dog.

Finally I met a wonderful Resident Assistant and it was time for me to head over to the dorms.  Mom was crying and Dad was trying to hold back tears.  I told Mom to be a Big Girl and this was what we had all been preparing for since I was a wee one with my other litter mates at KSDS.  I whispered to Mom I would email her everyday.  Mom snuck an IPad in my bags so when no one is looking I will write.  I am scared and excited for this new adventure in my life. 

Mom and Dad left and stopped and looked at a brick we bought in my name to help support the building of three new two legged dorms on campus.   Hopefully when I am out and about we will walk by it.


On the way home Mom called Deb at KSDS to remind her of my blanket in my bags. It was the same blanket I came home with when Mom picked me up sooooo long ago.   Mom was sooo funny about sleeping with it for the past couple of nights but it will be a comfort to have with all of my smells from home.


  1. good luck Avalon in training. May you choose the path that is best for you. Your raisers did a great job with you.

  2. Dear Avalon, I hope you write and let me know how the dorms are and what you did at school. I'm cheering for you no matter what you decide you want to do. Tell the trainers I do not want to come back any time soon. I love my family too much! Love, Your Sister, Churry

  3. Is your raisers going to welcome a new puppy in training any time soon?

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