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Derby has been a part of the guide dog adoption program for almost two months now. I don’t mind keeping him at home during this process, but the longer he stays at home the more difficult it becomes to let him go. I received an email last week letting me know that they might have found a family for Derby. I was both excited (for Derby) and sad at the same time.
We took a few more pictures the past few days and gave Derby extra hugs and kisses during his final days at the condo. Here are a few images:
Derby Loves Stetson and is always cuddling up against him. He’s a very affectionate dog.
We BBQ’d. Stetson still likes sitting by my feet. Derby likes laying on top of Stetson.
Derby’s last drop off.
Back when we first heard about Derby getting dropped we put together an article about retired guide dogs and guide dog rejects.
Guide Dog Adoption
As a puppy raiser I was given the first option to adopt Derby after he was dropped from the program. Unfortunately I have two other dogs to take care of and Derby really needs a home where he can run around and play. My little condo is just two small for Derby and his long legs.
There is a six year waitlist for career change puppies and retired guide dogs. We’ve been patiently waiting for GDA to find a suitable match for Derby.
Early today I found out that the family Derby met with was not the right match. I’m going to send out an email to find out more about Derby and how his placement is going.
I’m sure Derby will find a great home. I really miss him…I’m so used to him putting his head on my lap while I work at the office, cuddling up against my feet, or his snoring right in the middle of a phone call.
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