Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. --Winnie the Pooh
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Well, it was just about 7 months ago, on the day after Thanksgiving 2009, that this little character entered our lives...and has been keeping us busy ever since!
Remember what a cute puppy I was?
Since then, Alfie's grown into that leash and collar a bit...
Look how much bigger I am!
...and, we hope, he's also growing into the role he'll eventually fill as a guide.
Need help crossing the street?
Now, add 7 more months, and we'll be looking at January 2011...and guess who's scheduled to head in for his assessment?
If all goes as planned, Alfie will join a group of 5 others (including buddies Petey, Bob, and Celia) somewhere around the beginning of 2011. They will be evaluated in many areas, both to make sure they're ready for Advanced Training and to give GDTx the information they will need to make appropriate client/dog matches. After the assessment, the dogs will either go directly to Advanced Training, return to their raisers for a few months until an opening is available, or possibly even wait until the next assessment in certain situations. Of course, though I don't even want to think about it, there's also the possibility that puppies could be released from the program if it's determined that their temperament or health is not ultimately suited for guide work. However, I anticipate good things from all the puppies I know!!!
So we're somewhere around halfway! The second half, in my mind, is actually the most fun. Of course there are always challenges and I know enough to expect the unexpected. But basically, by now you've got a nice, social, well-behaved dog who's house trained and reliable anywhere you might like to take him. For the time that remains, you get to polish his skills, smooth down rough areas...and enjoy him. Time flies way too fast!