I wonder if Leader Dogs for the Blind intentionally mailed me a 5x7 photograph of LD Mike and his new handler Eric a week before sending me FLD Gus's first birthday card?
Yep, Gus's first birthday card arrived today.
|The front of FLD Gus's birthday card.|
Now I must start making definite plans for when to take Gus back to Leader Dogs so he can begin his "formal" training. (And I begin the long wait until he graduates, all the while dreading any "career-change" phone calls from Leader Dog.)
The turn-in procedure is a bit different now; puppy-raisers schedule an appointment time for return, or have a time assigned. We are taken to a special, private room to say our good-byes, instead of embarrassing ourselves in the kennel-lobby.
|The inside of FLD Gus's card, with return date.|
To save myself a second trip to Leader Dogs, I hope to give Gus back and take a new puppy home the same day!
I'll keep you posted...in the meantime, I will enjoy FLD Gus for another couple of months, knowing that he will soon be one step closer to fulfilling his special purpose!
|FLD Gus, his first week home with us. He sure has come a long way!|