Sorry, we are so proud, we had to share.
Lola was our first lab puppy (and first dog we've ever owned, for
that matter). We brought her home at 9 weeks old and raised her until she was about 1 for Leader Dogs for the Blind, here in MI.
When we got her, everyone thought we were crazy for doing this. But, in all honesty, we were rather selfish about it. I mean, you get to have a dog for year and give it back if things don't work out?! Great sign me up.
But, it was more difficult than we ever thought.
When the process began, I thought the house training was the hardest part.
Then I realized it wasn't - the teething was the hardest part.
Then I realized it wasn't - the loose leash walking was the
But it wasn't.
By far, the hardest part was finally saying goodbye.
On Tuesday night, we met Lola's new permanent person, Sandra. She is blind and lives in Costa Rica, teaching disabled children. I just know that she and Lola will be wonderful together.
Funny how the hardest part did not involve any work, any clean-up, any lost sleep, any lost socks, any Nature's Miracle, any...well, you know what I mean.
The only effort required was to remain upbeat, positive and encouraging.
This site provided a tremendous amount of support, advice, guidance and training tips.
Thank you to everyone that helped us help Lola help Sandra.
Please keep them both in your prayers
Dominic & Ellie<br /><br />
so good to hear from you and the update on lola.
good luck to lola and sandra, may they have a wonderful life together and thank you for giving lola such a fantastic start!
That's GREAT! I know it was hard to say goodbye to Lola, but it is a wonderful thing you have done.
So when's the training start on the new dog?
It's not the destination, it's the journey!
What a truly proud moment.
Linda and Zoë, the Umlaut
Congrats- I bet she couldn't of got this far without you though!
That's awesome!! CONGRATS!!!
~Veronica and Nikki~
Sweet Emma, 16th of February 1996~26th of November 2010
Always in my heart and soul. Together forever, my love....
Nikki 6 months
That's awesome I hope she is able to help Sandra teach others. I'm sure you are so proud.
Congratulations on all you've accomplished with Lola!
I know Sundance's puppy raisers were very disappointed that he developed allergies and wouldn't become a guide for the blind as planned. We're so knocked out by what a good job they did training him and how selfless his puppy raisers are.
You guys deserve a big pat on the back. It's truly a wonderful thing you folks do.
Laura, mom of Sundance, CGC
Oh my gosh, that is wonderful.. I hope Lola and Sandy have a wonderful life together.