Monthly Archives: October 2011


My son got married last week, so I’ve been MIA around here.  I don’t live close, but it’s still surprising how much time it takes to prepare.  However, it was well worth it.  The wedding was definitely an experience  due to the fact it was held at the Shedd Aquarium.  We were greeted by beluga whales, watched otters play while we waited for the ceremony and had dolphins swimming behind the wedding party as they said their vows.  The best part is he married a beautiful woman, both inside and out.

When I returned home though, I had disappointing news.

My SE pup, Odette had her town walk last week also.  I was so happy and proud.  The instructor said she hoped to be able to place her in the next class.

Posing during her town walk

But, not even 24 hours after coming home from my son’s wedding in Chicago, I got a phone call saying Odie had been dropped from the SE program due to protective behavior. I was stunned.  Seems she may have felt her or her trainer to be threatened while on the street and she went off barking at a person who had surprised them. That is unacceptable behavior for a SE dog unless there is a real danger.

Only 60% of the puppies bred by the Seeing Eye make it through training.  Of that number, only 80% are placed with a blind person.  I guess I can be happy she made it through training.  I know the instructor was also very disappointed she would have to be dropped.

I have made the  decision to adopt her.  I had been looking forward to doing another puppy, not having another “forever” dog.  After my shepherd died of bone cancer, I had made the decision that raising SE pups would probably be better.  They are young and healthy when you send them off and they are enriching someone’s life.  But, it seems my plans are not to be.  I already have 2 other large dogs in a small home so there’s no “need” for another one.  But, love won out over reason.  I am looking forward to picking her up tomorrow.  And, then we will let the games begin!