*APOLOGIES FOR THE LATE POST, IT'S BEEN A VERY BUSY DAY*
|Attentive Ceri - there must be a treat|
And now we have roughly one week left with her before she leaves us permanently to go to her new owner for the rest of her working life. We've been told it is a 69 year old lady, and the two have hit it off beautifully, which is a great thing to hear, but tinged with sadness - but then I'm being a wee bit selfish, as over the last 8 weeks we have grown to love Ceri as one of our own. Our own dog, Darcy, also loves Ceri and the two are so funny to watch as they play and tease each other with toys, and play-fight.
|I'm ready for my close up!|
Ceri's progress has been amazing, as at the end of each working day (for Ceri), her trainer, Emily, drops her off at our house (Ceri's foster home) and is then badgered by myself and my wife as to Ceri's progress in training. I know for myself, secretly I'm hoping Emily will say, 'Well, she needs longer before we can home her', but again, me being selfish.
|Darcy, our lovely girl, and Ceri's |
|Such a beautiful dog, in looks|
temperament and affection.
Golden Retrievers are, shall we say, stubborn as and when it suits them. But what amazes me and puts a smile on my face is first thing in the morning, Emily puts on Ceri's harness and you see it instantly. Ceri switches into work mode and is a different dog altogether. In some ways it brings a lump to my throat, how an animal like Ceri is so very much attuned to the needs of the trainer and the job for which she has been bred and trained for. I was staggered to find out that from birth and throughout a guide dog's life the cost of training and maintaining them is £50,000.
For more information about the Guide Dogs for the Blind, please click HERE.