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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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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.