I like Ike

October 25, 2013 • Posted in guest blog, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized by

I met Ryan Hartigan While I was training with Whitney. Ryan is the Online Media Specialist at the Seeing Eye, and he interviewed Whitney and me along with a few other guide dog teams for a one-minute video to promote the school.

Ryan and his wife Sarah volunteer as puppy raisers for the Seeing Eye, too, and right now they’re raising Ike. Ryan sent me an email the other day to report on Ike’s progress, and he agreed to let me share that note as a guest blog post.

A dog with good taste

by Ryan Hartigan

That's Ike. He just ate my book up.

That’s Ike. He just ate my book up.

Apparently the shepherd puppy we’re raising really wanted to remind us about you. This was just too funny and ironic, and I had to pass it along.

Ike, the 11-month-old shepherd we’re raising, is not a destructive dog. Last Sunday, I got up and took Vinny, Watson and Ike out, fed them, made coffee and settled on the couch while the dogs took an extended nap with Sarah.

A while later, I heard Sarah saying, “What did you do?” Ike walks into the living room with a book in his mouth, neatly chewed round at each corner, all the way through, but still entirely readable. I told him to drop it, which he did, only to reveal the title: Long Time, No See. I was floored!

First of all, this wasn’t a setup. I assure you. Ike has never messed with books, magazines or anything similar. My wife keeps a stack of books on her nightstand (probably eight or ten books) so at some point during their nap, Ike carefully selected your book to be customized by a Seeing Eye puppy! We still can’t believe it!

Book CloseupHope Ike hasn’t offended your writing too much. I like to think he chose your book because it is so good. I have saved the book. It’s readable, and the way I look at it, Ike has made your story even more fantastic!

Veronica Dougherty On October 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

how interesting! one of our SE shepherd pups – and only the one – used to get on his hind legs, peruse our book shelves and very gently pull a book off the shelf to chew the binder. Never figured out his ‘taste’ in books but watching him scan the shelves was just fascinating

bethfinke On October 26, 2013 at 6:53 am

Funny that both pups were Shepherds. I suppose if Labs did this, they’d eat the entire book?!

Sarah Hartigan On October 25, 2013 at 11:03 am

That’s my Ike!

bethfinke On October 26, 2013 at 6:55 am

Thank you for raising him, Sarah. Volunteers like you and Ryan are heroes to those of us who use guide dogs.

Lois Baron On October 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Love it!

Cynthia Smith-Jans On October 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Love it!

Hava On October 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I like Ike too. I met Ike on a recent visit to TSE. He’s definitly a pup with personality. Now I know we share a “taste” in authors.

bethfinke On October 26, 2013 at 6:56 am

And I can’t think of a better book review!

Nancy B On October 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Looks like a great dog with an excellent name. I suppose that “I” litter was a hard one!

bethfinke On October 27, 2013 at 8:04 am

Ivan? Ichabod? Isaac? Iggy? Ira? Isaih? And for females, how about Ivy, Iris, Ilene, Isabelle,Ila, Imogene, Ina, Iona. You are right, though: Ike is one of the greatest!

Sarah Hartigan On October 28, 2013 at 8:27 am

We got lucky with Ike, one of his brothers is named ‘Ipod’. I can’t imagine calling for my dogs; Watson, Vinson…Ipod – park time! Although I am sure as with any name it grows on you!

This chewing thing seems to be a new phase for Ike; he destroyed Ryan’s wallet and contents this weekend!

bethfinke On October 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Ipod? That’s one I think would *never* grow on you. And what would his/her nickname be? I Potty?

Susan Ohde On October 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

That’s just too crazy.

bethfinke On October 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Do you mean that they called one of the puppies iPod? Or that Ike ate just the corners of my book?
PS: Sarah, sorry to hear about the wallet chewing. MUCH more dire than my book, and honestly could keep Ike from being chosen to go on training — hope you can rid him of that habit…

Deborah Darsie On December 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm

O dear, young Ike better be careful or he will be career changed! He is a handsome young fellow, for sure. 1 of the pups I have co-raised became a pet because of her increasingly destructive chewing – 2 vests, 3 easy walk harnesses, 2 of my shoes (1 each from different pairs) and a couple leashes as well.

Ike did quite a thorough job on all 4 corners of the book. Tell him there are other ways to ingest & digest knowledge – MUCH better ways!

He should be thankful that he is not named after an electronic device…. (grin)

bethfinke On December 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Ha! Love the word play on digesting knowledge. Happy new Year!

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