We're back from our trip, and so is Alfie! When Michelle dropped him off this morning my first reaction was: He's so big! Amazing how a puppy can grow in just five days. He's starting to be quite a handsome boy and is built fairly square and sturdy, taking more after his lab heritage in that regard...a good thing for guide work.
Of course like any parent I was extremely concerned about how my charge did while away from home! Apparently he was quite vocal -- since he normally doesn't bark much at home I don't know how much I can do about that. Hopefully it was just due to all the excitement, plus having another dog in the household. But it did sound like his work was good, even with a new handler...great news! A big, big thanks to Natalie for puppysitting!
Sadly, we returned to a broken furnace & no heat except for space heaters...so I've been stuck at home waiting for a repairman and can't take Alfie for a walk. We've played quite a few rounds of fetch though, and done a bunch of obedience work, so all in all the day hasn't been wasted.
How about a walk already?!