Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
In Malibu, a fun site for visually impaired children
May 27, 2008
"He's very independent. It isn't until he runs into a tree that you realize he can't see," said Yvonne Hrabe, whose son Graham Kope is legally blind and will attend Camp Bloomfield for the visually impaired this July.
About 800 children attend the camp, run by Junior Blind of America, each summer. The event gives campers a chance to ride horses, swim and hike under the supervision of specially trained staffers and an opportunity to make new friends and boost their self-esteem.
"I would like him to be a little more outgoing. He's a little on the shy side," Hrabe said of her 5-year-old.
Hrabe discovered that Graham was legally blind when he was 4 months old. He would scream every time he went outside because the light hurt his eyes. He also has albinism, a lack of pigmentation, which makes him especially sensitive to light.
She and Graham attended the camp in Malibu during a session for families last year, and Hrabe was so impressed that she decided to send her son to camp this summer on his own. All of the nearly 40 camp staffers go through a week of special training during which they learn special communication skills and do camp-related activities blindfolded.
"These counselors were absolutely incredible; they have tons of energy," Hrabe said.
Still, Hrabe said she couldn't help but be a little worried, especially about a dry creek bed.
"It's a 15- or 20-foot drop, and he doesn't know that the land ends and goes down. So that's a concern," she said.
"But he's going to have to grow up and be independent, even more than a sighted child, so it will be a good experience for him," she said.
Berenice Cotera understands Hrabe's apprehension. She was also nervous when she sent her 11-year-old daughter, Triana, who was born blind, to camp for the first time two years ago.
"But it's something that she looks forward to every year. She really loves it there," Cotera said.
This year, Triana's younger brother Luis is going to camp with her. Luis' vision is fine, but he's going so he can spend more time with his sister.
"We're going to have a lot of fun," Triana said.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I've tried people mind control, you know what I mean.... you concentrate really hard and think 'give dog peanut butter...., GIVE DOG PEANUT BUTTER...NOW!'
Puppy eyes works better it got me a stuffed kong topped off with Peanut butter.
This is kind of a kooky video, my person kept moving the camera, hope it doesn't make you sea sick.
BUT before she can go Nora, her person, will be throwing her a birthday party! No kidding. Nora was camping on Taco's birthday (not to mention Taco was still recovering from eating 2lbs of grapes) so on Saturday she will be celebrating her 3rd birthday. Apparently 4 or 5 of Taco's closest K-9 friends will be coming with their people for cake, games and presents - THEY ARE BUYING HER TOYS! hope she gets a good haul.
I'm sooo pleased to with her family. I always knew that Tacoma should go to a family with kids, since she was a pup she was all about kids. In Target when kids would cry she would become alert and look around, she would follow small kids, and when I asked her what she wanted for xmas she wanted a toddler. I told her they were in short supply and gave her a nyla dino instead. She is totally bonded with Nora, they share a bed, play soccer and play in the bath tub together. I think they are both a bit ADHD so they complement each other.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Big Girl Collar by Lani
My peeps gave say that I am getting pretty big, in fact they keep calling me Waffle! Can't they tell us apart. So they wanted to see if I could fit into my big girl collar. Guess what? it fits! mom says I look like a hobo 'cuz the end sticks out and flaps around. GDB sends us home in small 1/2 inch collars and when we are big enough we move into the 1 inch collar with the GDB name plate. See mine has my number on it. I am 410P
that's not all they gave me, the Waffler and I both got baths today, mom said she was going to change my name to stinky sue soon. You should have seen the dirt come off me, mom asked if I was growing carrots!
*sssssssssssssssssssssssmmmmmmmmmmmm* snif snif snif
aaahhh lemony fresh,
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Well we should have know better than to tempt fate. We did a quick trip to Disneyland (we have passes, and next week starts the summer black out) left at noon and made it back around 5pm and guess what greeted us.........
"Geee Lani what's that fuzz on your face?.....And ALL OVER THE FLOOR!!!!????
I'm speechless - they ate the futon
about 1 hour of re stuffing and a bit of patch work. I asked them what they were thinking and then it occurred to me they weren't. There is always one who is the naughty one, the one who starts it all....and mom and I laid bets on the baby. I wish I could have seen them in the act, what was so freakin' fun about ripping up the mattress? Who was in charge? and how much did they eat? WHOSE THE RING LEADER?
12 HOURS LATER ....... Lani puked and pooped fuzz
Waffle pooped fuzz too so it looks like it was a joint effort.
Actually let's be real it was our fault, we skipped morning walks for both girls - they were bored and well maybe the title should be "Idle paws are the devil's tools"