I got a phone call today from Tahomas partners wife. She was asking me about puppy raising! Sounds like Tahoma's handler has talked her into raising a guide dog puppy and after watching Tahoma in action for the last year she is really excited about it. She was asking me what puppy raising is all about. I talked to her about the roller coaster ride that is puppy raising. :) She was also asking me about access laws because she would have to take the puppy to work with her. I told her what I know and then after we hung up I did a little research to find schools in her area and sent her some links. I really hope that it works out. She and I both agree that Homie will be a terrific mentor dog and will do wonderfully with the puppies, especially after having some of her own. I am just thrilled that she is thinking about it, and really hope that it works out for her. She said she would let me know how it goes.
She also told me about Tahoma and her handlers latest trip to Israel. This time he took 23 or so of his religion students with him. He e-mailed me shortly before they left and was telling me that he was nervous about traveling with all the students and Homie and wasn't sure how they were going to feel about hanging our with a dog for three weeks. She told me that the trip went wonderfully. The students ended up fighting over seats in the bus, airplane, and restaurants in order to sit next to Tahoma. They all adapted well to each other and had a very successful trip. It was funny because I was talking to his wife and I could hear him in the background telling her which stories about Israel to tell me. It made me laugh. Sounds like the only bump in the trip was when they went to a buffet and Tahoma decided that she wanted to dine too. I love what he said thought, "Nothing is perfect!" Ha ha, it is so nice knowing that he is willing to work with her unique personality. They really are a perfect match. Definitely meant to be together and I love hearing from them. He said that a lot of his students took a bunch of pictures of them in Israel and as soon as they send them to him, he is going to forward them to me. I can't wait to see them. It is so cool, she has traveled so much and seems to love the new lifestyle! :) I could not be happier with how things turned out for little Homie!
This is a picture that he sent me. He assures me that she is only allowed on their bed (I am sure she loves that, she has always loved being close to the people she loves) but were at his in-laws house and his mom-in-law said it was okay to be on the sofa. She looks nice and comfy.
The other news is that the recall list for April came out and
Sherman is not on it!!!!
Which means that he will stick with me for a few more months. I am not sure when the next puppy truck is after the April one, but he will most likely leave then. There are two dogs in our group that are leaving on the April truck and after they leave Sherm will be the Papa of the group. (Hopefully he is up for being the example.) *smiles* I am sure he is. This also means that there is no April puppy for me. I will get a new one when Sherm leaves, which is fine. So, lots of good news today.