As some might remember, Alfie's scheduled evaluation date is January 2011 -- the same time as Bob, Celia, Petey, and Piper. So "goodbye" was always just around the corner. But recent events have accelerated that timeline...our family is moving out of state early next month, and so Alfie will be moving to another raiser home for his last couple of months as a puppy-in-training.
Yes, we're looking forward to our new venture for many reasons! I'm so proud of my husband Tim, who is going to be focusing on finishing grad school (the main reason behind our move). The whole family is excited that we'll be living in Springfield, MO -- near my Mom, my brother's family, a dear aunt and uncle, plus other friends! The only hard part, of course, is saying goodbyes: to family here in Texas, to our wonderful church family, to friends, to GDTx...and, yes, to one special doodle.
It's tough for me to let go of Alfie: somehow, with each successive guide dog pup I've raised, it seems that the bond has been deeper. Alfie has such an uncanny way of "reading" me, and quite a flair for 2-way communication! Aside from my emotions, however, it's also hard to turn over a "project" in which I am so invested. Maybe that's just my perfectionist/controlling streak...I'm sure that another raiser will do their best, just as I have, and Alfie will turn out fine.
The GDTx team is working on selecting Alfie's new raiser home, and I'll keep you updated! I don't yet know exactly when he'll leave. But until he does, I thought it would be fun to do a few posts on what I'll remember most about my time with Alfie. Stay tuned!