Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Heartache and Tears Are Totally Worth It...

We have been anxiously waiting to hear how our sweet Eve is doing in school. I figured I would probably hear something at the upcoming Walk-A-Thon (this coming Saturday woohoo!) or I could find someone who knew. You have no idea how hard it is to wait. Think of your kid going off to college, or on a trip, or moving somewhere and not hearing from them! It's tough, but it was worth the wait...

This afternoon, I went out to get the mail and along with the typical junk, was an envelope addressed to us from Southeastern Guide Dogs. As soon as I saw it's contents, my heart skipped a beat and tears welled up in my eyes...

Isn't she gorgeous?

Our certificate

I'm crying just thinking about how sweet my little girl is.
She will make a perfect guide dog...just like her big "sisser" Clarke.

If all goes as planned, she will go through 6 months of intense harness training. We will receive report cards to see how she is doing. Then after those 6 months, she will be matched with the perfect person. They will then go through 26 days of learning how to work together.
If Eve's person agrees, we will then meet each other on "Puppy Raiser Day". That is one of the most special days you can imagine! Getting to watch your little puppy lead someone who can't see, or help someone who needs it. Most of the time, as soon as the dog sees their puppy raisers it makes a bee-line towards you and gives you TONS of doggy kisses! We will get to give Eve her favorite toys, and I'll make a scrapbook for her person. Even if the person is blind, they still enjoy showing off their dog to friends when they were a puppy!

Unfortunately, during this time, I cannot go see Eve. If I do, I could distract her and mess up her training. That wouldn't be fair to her. So if your down in Palmetto, stop by SEGDI and ask to see Eve!!

I will update the blog every now and then. I'll show you her report cards, and possibly add my future puppy-in-training to "Eve's Everyday Adventures" whenever a pup is needing a home!!



  1. She does indeed look gorgeous! Good luck to her, and we can't wait to hear about your next one..? :))

    Erin & Pompei

  2. YAYAYAYAY!!!!!!! THAT IS SO EXCITING!!! So proud of Eve and her AMAZING trainer!!!! :)

  3. YAY!!
    I'll be going down to WAT, I'll try to see Eve, and maybe get a picture for ya!

    Toby's Raiser

  4. Thank you so much!
    Toby's raiser: That would be awesome if you did that! Thanks! I will be at the walk-a-thon as well....if you spot me, be sure to stop and say hi!

  5. I'd love to meet you,
    Feel free to send me your cell # by email, and I'll send mine:)

    Toby's Raiser

  6. Aww Meagan she is all grown up! She fits that harness like it was made for her. Sherman had his picture taken in the same spot. Eve will make a great guide dog, and I bet she is enjoying college! I have figured out that SEGDI is a party school, or at least that is what Ely has shared. Can’t wait to see you on Saturday, you won’t even recognize the dog that I will have, since he has gained about 50 lbs since the last time you saw him.


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