Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Less than a week....

Today I was putting together pictures for the turn-in slideshow and it brought back so many good (and some not so good) memories. I got to see Hobart grow up one picture at a time. Each photo brought another memory. Since August of 2011 so much has changed! I've grown, Hobart's grown. I've gone through a year and a half of high school. Things are different, yet Hobart has been there all along.

I'm so proud of my baby boy! He's not perfect and he's not easy to work with all the time, but he's been with me through the thick and thin of the last year and a half. He was there when I handed over Dembre at graduation. He was there when I felt like giving up. It has been more than a blessing just to be a small part of Hobart's journey. I also feel so privileged that Hobart has been part of my journey.

I was raking up leaves the other day and I remembered that three years ago this fall I decided most certainly that I wanted to be a CCI puppy raiser. Now three years later I have nothing to regret and so much to remember. Though, it will be a few months before I'm able to get another pup, I'm still so happy that I get the honor of being a part of a community of people who love animals and care about people.

My journey has led me here just four days from saying goodbye to puppy number two. It's been a journey like no other, that I'll never forget. A journey that will forever be one of my proudest. A journey that has shown me so much. A journey where I have grown up and matured. A journey where I've learned to serve. A journey that I will always love and cherish. In a few years I don't know what I'll be doing. I'm not sure that I'll be puppy raising at that point. Hopefully when I'm settled down I'll be able to raise more pups, but all I know for now that I have two amazing stories to tell and soon a third and from there hopefully more!
Hobart outside today

If you've read this far, I want to thank you for being a lot of my support. When I read your comments & your blogs I'm encouraged to keep on changing lives even when it seems insignificant and too hard. I want to thank you for being part of the reason that I started raising puppies in the first place. You're blogs were the fuel I needed to stand up and say that puppy raising was something that I wanted to do. I appreciate all you've done. You made it possible for Dembre to graduate and for me to keep on raising!

I'll be back!

~Elijah & Hobart II 
P.S. I teared up while writing this :P 


  1. Man, how time flys! Seems like yesterday we were gushing over little Hobart and here he is, all grown up. And, you've been there through thick and thin, growing up right along with Hobart.
    You should be proud of the work you've accomplished and when you're ready...dive in with another raw pup. We know how hard the next couple of weeks will be, but in the end, it's all worth it.

    Congratulations on the end of one journey and the beginning of another!

    1. I know. I'm still in partial shock! Really? Is it time to say goodbye?

  2. Congratulations for another chapter in Puppy Raising! Blessings to you as you continue forward wherever your road leads, and to Hobart too. He will make a great forever friend and companion to a very deserving person/family. Keep in touch, even when there is no puppy underfoot. =)

    1. I'll definitely keep on reading your blog and posting here over the winter!

  3. Hey Elijah! Still enjoy reading your posts and viewing your pictures. Time with Hobart has flown by - I can't believe it's his turn-in time already! I plan to be at graduation on Friday to cheer you on! We're proud of the good work you've done for CCi, and I know God's proud of you too! Thank you for using your talents to serve Him! Hang in there this week! It's never easy...

    1. awww. Thanks, Mary Beth! Thanks for being so much of the inspiration behind my puppy raising! So far it's been amazing and I look forward to puppy #3. Thanks for welcoming me into the CCI world and making it possible for me to raise Dembre and Hobart!


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