Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Denvers birthday ...#11

So today is Denvers 11th birthday . I cant believe that 9 years ago we were celebrating this very day in class at Guide Dogs Of America ! I always said he was the best Birthday present ever ! Today is his " offical" retirement date too . I told myself if he could just hold out till 11 , i would be ok with getting a new Guide . Although its been a while since he's really "worked", i still needed that mental closure for myself .
So as this day comes to a close , and my boy is another year older and retired .... I wait for what is just around the corner ! My new Guide Dog :-) ... I wonder when his birthday will be ? Already knowing him and knowing he is coming home soon is already another awesome Birthday gift ! And for those of you who don't know ... Tonorrow is my Birthday

Friday, January 25, 2013

For every door that closes, another door opens.

So much to blog about and I don't know where to begin. I have had a wonderful guide dog for nine years. The day I decided to retire Denbur, was one of the hardest days of my life. His mind was sharp ,his guide work was flawless, but his old body could no longer keep up. I didn't know what to do. Would Denver understand that he was going to be retired? What would he do if I got another dog? Would he be okay with me working that other dog? All of these things raced through my mind but I put my faith in God and let it happen the way I knew he had planned for me. This blog is the sequence of events and stories to come of me and my new guide dog.

I got a call from Andi at guide dogs of America telling me I had been excepted for home training. She told me a call from Chuck Jordan would follow soon after. Chuck called me a couple of days later and set up a time with me to work a few dogs. These dogs were not dogs that he had in mind for me as far as guides, but more of dogs to help Him and the trainer Brian figure out my needs in a dog. Pace, Pull, personality, and gender. I ran three dogs that day falling in love with the third one I test drove. The second I put my hands on that third dog I was in love. Don't ask me how this happened, because I am still trying to figure it out myself but there was an instant connection. He was such a cool dude he wasn't your typical labrador I mean he was but he wasn't if that makes any sense? He was more of a hey what's up Kinda lab versus oa hi"8 hi hi hello hello I'm a Labrador want to go for a walk when a play where's the ball huh huh ? I "think he was more of a hey you want to grab a cup of coffee? Maybe go run a marathon afterwords? LOL he was just such a class act. I kept telling Brian on our walk that I love that dog , and if he could get me a dog like that I would be in seventh heaven. Apparently Brian and Chuck took in everything That I had mentioned, because when I went to work dogs a second time at a second meeting guess who was there? This beautiful wonderful dream of a dog. It was him again ! First I did some Juno work and then iworked out with the dog. The workout was great, I felt like I've been working the dog for at least a year. He moved down the sidewalks and around obstacles and people so effortlessly. Brian had done a wonderful Job training that dog. I was so excited to know the possibility of this dog being mine. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that there would exist another dog on this earth that I could fall in love with or that would work nearly as good as my boy Denver. But it was happening I was falling and he was working LOL and so I waited .... And waited and waited and waited. Until one day I got a phone call from Chuck telling me that Brian would be calling me after the January class to set up a time for home training. I still don't know the dogs name, I still don't know when he will come home, but I am hopeful it will be very very soon. I will post updates as I get them so stay tuned . And thanks in advance for following along in my new adventures with my new dog.
I will leave you with a picture of my beautiful Denver Boy