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It's Friday again! I thought I would show some working pictures of Sophie today.

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I wanted to get a couple at the grocery store, but Caedy was in pain and Bit was tired and hot from the walk down and kept running the wheelchair into the back of Caedy's legs by accident, so we didn't get those.

Here's one of Sophie at home while we were getting ready to go out. She's sitting in the walker basket. This is her "hurry up guys, I'm ready to go" look. She LOVES going out. If you tell her we're going "bye bye" she perks right up and runs to the walker where her harness is stored.

We stopped at Hardees for breakfast along the way. With coupons we fed three of us for $9, so not too bad! Sophie loves going out to eat because we always share little bits with her. This morning: Bacon!!!

Then we went to Winn Dixie for groceries and took a cab home because it was WAY too hot outside and I wasn't breathing my best. Sophie wasn't pleased. When we got home, we practiced her retrieval, with Morgaine watching so she could learn too. Here I was holding up the inhaler to make sure Morgaine was paying attention. Sophie jumps and runs to see any time I drop anything.

Then Sophie jumps down to get the inhaler after it's dropped. We tried to take pics of this, but it was just too motion blurred to be useful. But here she is getting ready to give me the inhaler. We have two separate commands: "Get it." followed by "Bring it."

Then she puts it right into my hand. At least 9 times out of 10.  Sometimes she'll drop it early and it will end up on the floor, then we'll "get it" and "bring it" again. But she's improved a lot over the last 8 months.

In this case, it went right into my hand. And she got her pets and her treat. Yay for Sophie!  Morgaine was watching the whole thing carefully from the Steps of DOOM (tm) on the other side of me. She got the next one, but she dropped it at my feet instead of in my hand. Still, good start! At least this time she didn't run off with it.

We train for several 5-15 minute sessions a day. And then there's the times I'm a clutz and drop something and she runs to get it for me. When we practice we use an empty inhaler, or an empty pill bottle. That way if she does (or Morgaine does) go and chews on it they don't damage anything or themselves.

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