Yesterday I received the paperwork for our turn in day at Guide Dogs of America. Moxie came to our home in October of 2010, a cute eight week old fluff ball. He will be leaving us on February 4th, a mature and exuberant, happy, silly dog. We are very happy for him and hopeful that he has what it takes to be a working guide dog.
Moxie, like our previous guide dog puppy in training, has taught us a lot about patience and persistence and given us many opportunities for a good laugh. Labs don't take life too seriously and his easy going nature made him a pleasure to work with. I won't lie and say that raising a guide dog puppy isn't challenging. Boy is it a challenge! However, it's also rewarding to reach the finish line of turn in day. Now it's up to Moxie if he wants to work and has that drive to live as a companion and service animal.
As February 4th approaches we'll be taking our last photos, visiting some of our favorite places for the last time and making sure Moxie is ready to go into the kennels. 25 days from now our family will shrink, but Moxie will always be remembered and thought of and we'll always be appreciative of the time we spent together and the time we dedicated to this great organization. Now to consider raising dog number three. Hmmm.