We took Poppy to Guide Dogs of America today. She happily reunited with her litter mates, met her new roommate, Nickle and said good-bye with a wag and a smile.
I'm not going to lie, I cried the whole way home. We won't see Poppy again for at least 7 months until she graduates. But the gratitude I feel about being part of something so good is overwhelming.
Each of the 26 dogs who were turned in today were lovingly raised, just like Poppy, by regular people just like us. Supported by many more people who give their time and money and hours of effort to GDA.
Poppy blessed our family with her sweet energetic joy. She's a smart and attentive girl. I think she is going to rise to the challenge and have an amazing experience.
Poppy and Nickle in the outdoor pen they will share for the next 6 months.
Poppy, Pizmo, Penny, Piper, Paisley, Preston & Panser
Dean and I say goodbye to Poppy
Buddy and Sally were Poppy's best teachers.
Off to formal training. Go get 'em Poppy!