Holmes is currently spending time it what might be his new home. I want to make sure he is in a good place where he can be the “only dog”. I’m very sad to have to part with him, but things have not gone well with Holmes and particularly one of my girls. When Holmes came to live with us, we just had one other girl. As life happens, I enjoyed working with Holmes so much, that I decided I wanted to pursue conformation again as I had when I was a junior handler. Life happens, and changes and a dog really has to be the right fit for the whole family. I’m thank that I’ve had support from people who have been in and had similar situations.
I live in the city, and my dogs are truly house dogs. No kennels, so space for real separation when one doesn’t like the other. After I first noticed things were not going well with Holmes and Ula a couple of months ago, I put up gates and divided their time in different spaces. I tried working on different things with them, but it just ended up not being good for either of them. Holmes really needs a place where he can be THE dog. Competition training and everything else takes a back seat to what’s best for the family and the dog, in every dog’s situation, IMO.
This last Sunday, Holmes’ new potential family came to meet him. He is having his “trial run” as both his new potential family and I want to make sure there he will be happy, and they will be happy, too. They have two cats, and they have informed me that the cats are adjusting well so far.
Since Holmes has been visiting his new potential family, it has also been my “trial run” without him. It’s tough, but I know I have to do the best thing for the dog and for my family before I worry about what I wish could happen. Wishing hasn’t ever done quite as much good as taking action has. I can’t have my family living in a house full of gates; human and canine included.
Over the past week Eden has really started to come out of her shell as the dynamic has shifted. She is wiggling all over the place. Eden and Ula will be heading to class at Rainbow next week to see who the evaluators think will be the best fit for the program. Eden has learned some basic commands, where my focus has been conformation with Ula at this point, so we’ll see what they think.
As a nursing student, I’m really looking forward to combine two things that interest me the most into one aspect. Rainbow works with Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northwestern (where I have previously done volunteer work), and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago along with many other hospitals, schools, and library organizations. For my concept analysis this quarter, my focus will be Animal Therapy as a CAM.
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