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**Tears** (Of happiness!)

Soo I realize I've posted a couple times tonight, but. . . My FI and I raise GEB dogs *Guiding Eyes for the Blind*Our first was Gwennyth. She went into training up in NY last March. . it was EXTREMELY hard to send her on her way, but we knew we were doing the right thing and it was for an excellent cause. . *Drum Roll*She's graduating in a week!! Meaning we didn't fail as doggie parents and that she'll be living with her person and is an offical service doggie!! :)Now. . if we can just get Timmy (Our second GEB lab) to follow in Gwens pawprints :)[IMG]http://i37.tinypic.com/2itrmnl.jpg[/IMG]She's an amazing dog! I have to admit. . Im sniffling right now because I miss her and am so happy :) Wooooo
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    NcsuPsychNcsuPsych member
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    JemmessicaJemmessica member
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    That's awesome!!!!!! :-)
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    edited December 2011
    That's so incredible!!! :) ::hear Pomp and Circumstance now::
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    edited December 2011
    Aww congrats!  I know someone that raises guide dogs too.  She always feels the same way, sad and proud at the same time :)
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    edited December 2011
    Beka - that's awesome!  Congratulations on a job well done!  I can't imagine how you must feel.  Do you raise the dogs from puppies until they are ready?  Just out of curiosity, how old are they before the go to training?  I must say, I am very impressed.  We have a 10 month old choc lab who can be quite mischievious at times ;)
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    I had no idea you raised guide dogs.  That's really cool!
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    CJ4578CJ4578 member
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    Aww that's so awesome! Congrats to your GEB puppies and great job!
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    edited December 2011
    What a great service you are performing!  I can totally understand being sad and proud at the same time, it must be how military families feel.  Congrats to your puppy and you, the proud mama!
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    That is fantastic and such an honor. It's really neat that you both teach GEB dogs.
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    grace_ugagrace_uga member
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    Woohoo!! She is graduating! What an achievement. That is a wonderful thing that you do..
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    i know it is hard to let go....hence how i ended up with 2 out of my 5....fosters i couldn't let go.what you are doing is a blessing and great thing!!! :)
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    alliegator8alliegator8 member
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    I completely understand how you feel. We foster dogs for the local animal shelter. I cry every time one of them leaves, but that's ok. At least we get the opportunity to see our fosters again every once in a while. In fact, we are petsitting our last foster, Brendan, this weekend. It's been so great having him around the house again. :) Keep up the great work. What you are doing is incredible!!
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    NcsuPsychNcsuPsych member
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    We are both extremely excited!! My FI's family has raised 7 GEB dogs and we're now on our second. Typically you starting raising at pup age.With that said though, we got Gwen when she was 7 months and Timmy (our current) at 4 months.  Both were 'problem dogs' as their focus was hard to gain. So that makes us ever happier that Gwen made it through since we worked so hard with her :) . Timmy is finally starting to come around (He's 6 months now). - - I've always wanted to foster, but I never could. . .I don't have enough land yet (I'd end up keeping all of the animals) - - It's easier with GEB since I know they're going away for such an awesome casue. Plus, the dogs truly love what they do. You can totally see in their eyes the sense of fullfillment (since Labs are people pleasers )
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    alliegator8alliegator8 member
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    Ha, we live in a townhome, so there is no keeping the dogs. We have one of our own (a failed foster since we ended up keeping her) and we foster one. If we adopted another dog, we wouldn't be able to foster any more. It's hard, but I look at it as you are saving 2 lives. A dog in foster care almost always gets adopted. And by pulling that dog out of the shelter, you are opening up a spot for another dog. That's how I try to make myself feel better when our fosters leave. We are saving lives and that is it goal. But I still cry...a lot :)
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