I just got in from a busy day today of errands and appointments. My "personal service dog, Prince" went with me everywhere. I feel like he is doing so well now! When I am out, I like to spend some time in "veteran mode" as opposed to puppy raiser training mode. Prince is showing a new level of maturity and confidence. I can really feel his strength and presence when we work as a team. I've gotten comments from several people who have known him since puppyhood about how there is this new subtle change in him.
As we were out today I also was able to see a change in how people were looking at him. He has always caught people's attention with his puppy cuteness and then his adult beauty as he has grown up. As he has matured these past few months I have found less people interrupt us as we are working. People are really able to see the "working dog" and respect the job he will be doing. While we were out today working as a team, I was able to take in more of what was really going on around me. We were at a mall so there were lots of people for me to notice. Of course, everyone sees him - this big beautiful white dog with his blaze red vest. I'm having a hard time coming up with the right adjective to describe the look many people had while watching Prince in "service dog mode." Honestly, many people just stopped to watch him - with a look of awe on their faces. I can't tell you how proud I am of him.
Little Vincent is with a very experienced raiser named Tangy. I have been staying after Prince's class so I can watch Tangy and Vincent in class. Of course, I get my hands on him as much as I can before and after class. I see Vincent doing just what he is supposed to do in class. He is on target with his skills. He is also focused and very attentive to Tangy. He is a fun, happy little guy that I can't wait to get! He is cute beyond words! The plan is for him to come to my house late in September. I know he has stolen Tangy's heart because she was talking to me after class about getting together once a week for an outing with the two boys. She wants to make sure his transition to my house goes smoothly because she says he is such a "momma's boy." Vincent is Tangy's first golden.
My Mom is in the hospital so we have her two small dogs staying with us. Mom has a vey elderly, frail, toy poodle who is mostly blind. Prince is fabulous with her and she and Prince are buds. Here they are together. You don't get a good sense of how little she is but she is about the size of Prince's head. Lol
- Donna Dorula (Prince's puppy raiser for Veteran's Moving Forward)
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