First off, a thousand apologies for my late post. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever forgotten to put up my blog on my assigned final Friday of the month. Anyway, here we go…
Being boarders for guide dog puppies is filled with fun and joy, but the only downside is when we have to say goodbye when our little charges go off to Big School (otherwise known as advanced training). We love them all, but every once in a while a pup comes along who digs into your heart and wraps themselves around it so tight it’s really hard to let them go.
That happened to me recently with Miss Vivvy. Do you remember her? A beautiful Golden Retriever we looked after several times from 15 weeks of age until she was almost a year old. Vivvy was really special, so sweet and loving and always up for a cuddle. Not that she didn’t have her little madam moments though 🙂 It was really hard to say goodbye to my little golden girl, but of course it had to be done.
A few weeks later we heard that Vivvy had been withdrawn. Her assessment as a future guide dog hadn’t gone well due to her sensitive nature. Vivvy was always nervous of the strangest things: dustbin lids, those bright yellow warning strips across steps. bubbles, and she really freaked out whenever the ironing board was around. Oh, and pet shops? Forget it. She would shake and whimper and try desperately to get out.
Of course, when we heard she was being withdrawn I jumped at the chance of adopting her. But things had progressed too far and she was already spoken for. I was upset all over again, but consoled myself that she would have a good life, and be well loved, as someone’s family pet, even though I so desperately wanted her to be ours.
Then, weeks later, our wonderful supervisor stepped in and told us that there might be a chance we could adopt her after all. I tried not to get my hopes up, but it was virtually impossible. There were a few obstacles still to tackle, but one day the phone rang…and to cut a very long story short, she was ours! We signed the adoption papers faster than you could track and are happy to report that Miss Vivvy is now an official member of the Jones family!
It took about two seconds flat for Vivvy (and us) to settle into our new routine. She seemed to remember where everything was and made herself at home so fast it was as if she’d never been away. We are absolutely loving have her as our own and she’s *whisper* very spoiled *whisper*. AJ is besotted, in fact the besotting is mutual, as Vivvy follows her new daddy around all the time. Now she isn’t training to be a guide dog, we can let her play with balls, something she has taken to with gusto. My mum bought her an assortment of coloured tennis balls and she chases them around the garden, barking and jumping, and generally having a wonderful time. It didn’t take her too long to find her favourite spot in the house, and as you can see she seems pretty contented in her new home, LOL.
We plan to continue boarding puppies, but we have to allow Vivvy to really settle and know that this is her permanent home. That means we can’t start boarding again for several more weeks. We think Vivy will be fine with pups around, as when we took her over to visit a fellow puppy walker who was boarding a small puppy, Vivvy very quickly put the little chap in his place when he overstepped the boundaries. That bodes well for our job, as it will be good to have a little helper around when the pups get a bit too boisterous!
As I type Vivvy is snoozing happily beside me. We are thrilled she has settled into her new home so well. Jane, my friend and new blogger here at OTBF, once gave me a lovely quote which said: If you love something, set it free. If it’s meant to be yours, it will come back to you. Looking across at Vivvy now, and thinking of the twists and turns that brought her back to us, I firmly believe that to be true.