One month from today, at this exact moment of the day, we will be wishing Haddie our final Good Luck hugs and kisses as we hand over the leash to Puppy College.
I mailed in the bundle of final paperwork today, along with nine pages of veterinary files on Haddie's behalf. I am not so sure if nine pages of this and that medical care is an average count of vet records for CCI Puppy's in Training, above average, or below. I am hoping it is above average, and that our next puppy will be smooth sailing in the medical end of life.
I obviously have mixed emotions about a month from today. The good news is that I know it will not be the last, final goodbye between our family and Haddie.
If she decides that College Life and Graduation are not her thing, then she will be returning to our town to live a happy life as a much deserved spoiled pet with an incredible family that we know well.
If she decides that College Life and Graduation are her thing; then it will be the most difficult transition for us when we hand over her leash in August (or further, depending on the program she is selected for) for our truly final goodbye. Our final goodbye. Wow, that will be bittersweet.
So, for now, we are treating February as an adventure and continuing to practice her skills that she has learned in our care. Such as working four commands at one time:
You will notice her Under, her Sit, her Visit, and her Focus in this photo taken while I was doing important tasks on the computer this morning (okay it was Facebook, but it was very exciting as we are anxiously watching our dear friends see their son for the first time in Ethiopia Today!!!)
Haddie is ready for her Turn-In in 30 days.