I have been thinking a lot more about it, though. I don't think it is wrong for us to be sad that our dogs turn-in. The truth is we're always happy and sad to see them go. As a puppy raiser I know that I want what's best for my dog. I don't only want to be happy myself I want the puppy I love to have what's best for him too. So how do we give them up? Well, number one we have to. Number two: we raised the puppy to see them go on to hopefully become a service dog. Part of becoming a service dog is going through advanced training. Number three: we all want what's best for our puppies and know that turn-in is just a step of the way for the puppy. Sure I'm going to miss Dembre, but I am excited to see him do what I dreamed that he always would. Watching others turn-in their dogs made me feel more confident about doing it myself!
|Dembre on our first day together|
|practicing a down at eight weeks old! Wow has Dembre grown up|
~Elijah & Dembre