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Hermione is retiring and a successor dog

Sorry I've been so quiet.  I've been dealing with a matter which I had to keep private until this week.

And that is: My service dog Hermione is retiring on Monday for medical reasons.  She's going to live with one of her co-puppyraisers and should live a long happy life as a pet.  Her puppyraisers did a wonderful job raising her so I know she'll be well taken care of.

Also on Monday I'm getting a successor service dog.  I'm going for what they call a side placement which is a placement outside of the regular Team Training.  I'm going for three days.  My first Team Training was two weeks and was almost exactly a year ago.

It is all rather unbelievable typing it though I've been living it for months.

I will miss Hermione tremendously, but she's ready to retire.  I try to keep in mind what another graduate said to me about her dog's retirement that it's a gift to her dog.  I do believe that.  I just wish we'd had the 8-year working plan instead the 1-year plan.  However if there's anything I can learn is that sometimes I just don't get to choose, but just make the best of what I've been given.  And Hermione has been a tremendous gift who changed my life.  That will be another post.

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esmerel
Jan. 31st, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Aw, that's too bad that she won't be able to be your service dog anymore! I'm glad that she'll be able to be a loving pet though, and it's not the end of her life.
waterowl
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah it's very sad for me but she'll continue to be the happy dog that she is.
yes_justice
Jan. 31st, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
Sad. They do grow attached. Mammals are like that.
waterowl
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah we need our attachments.
yes_justice
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
I know you don't miss those blessings, girl!
frumiousb
Jan. 31st, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
I can imagine that this keeps you occupied. I'm glad that they have a good home for her. It must be very difficult. *hugs*
waterowl
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks. You get it. I appreciate it a lot. Hugs back.
pawpower4me
Jan. 31st, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry about Hermione's retirement. Retirement just stinks and is heartbreaking. *hugs*
Good luck with your new pup.
waterowl
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah I meant to ask you about it, since you've been through it before, but I just needed to process without words mostly. I have a new dog who's great who'll I'll post about shortly.
emerge
Jan. 31st, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thinking of you and Miss Hermione and sending you both my love with outstretched arms today.
waterowl
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Aww thanks so much. Love back to you.
lesliepear
Jan. 31st, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry it didn't work out - I'm glad she'll get to enjoy a healthy life and they'll find you a replacement. I bet it training will go easier in that you'll know what to expect in the process.

(HUGS)
waterowl
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Yes training was definitely easier knowing what to expect. Hugs back.
wallisb
Feb. 1st, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of you and Hermione also. I know how hard it will be to give her up today, but just remember how happy she is to just be a dog. She's going to be loving life! Best of luck in your mini TT. You'll get a great dog, even if he's no Hermione (which he won't be... he'll be different and great)! Hugs to both you and H.
waterowl
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah it's true she was happiest being a pet and that's why she needed to retire. I have seen the difference now with a new dog who loves to work.
batshua
Feb. 2nd, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that Hermione will no longer be your service dog, but I'm glad this is not a barrier to your ability to get another service dog soon nor a barrier to her long-term happiness. I was afraid you were going to say she had to be put down. Thank goodness she can retire instead. It seems like Hermione needs a service human, and that's not really a good match for y'all.
waterowl
Feb. 6th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
You are so right! Hermione needs a service human. Thank you for putting it so clearly!
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