Monday, February 23, 2009

Sweet Petunia

I am excited to report that "Petunia" has successfully made it through the 10 phases of formal guide dog training...the last step before being matched with a blind partner.  

Petunia, as some may recall, was the sweet black lab pup Glenn and I had the pleasure of "practicing with" before Honeydew arrived.  She was about the same age that The Dew is now at the time.  She was amazing, and really helped us understand what life would be life with a guide dog pup at our side. That first trip to the grocery store with her was one of the most stressful things I have ever done -- Petunia was a champ, I was a complete bundle of nerves.

Of course, getting to this point doesn't guarantee anything.  She could still be career changed at any point (there was another pup from our club that got this far, but was then let go because she was too distracted with cats!).  Getting to level 10 is a fine accomplishment, and we are proud to have spent a few days with Ms. Petunia.  She certainly set the bar high for Honeydew.

The pictures are of Petunia when she was staying with us for a few days. 

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