Hi everyone! Exactly a year ago today my mom became my puppy raiser! We have had an amazing year! She wrote this and wanted me to share it! She really loves me.
One year Later
One year ago I
received the most wonderful call any anticipating Guiding Eyes for the Blind
puppy raiser can get. My RC, Pamela Boy, told me I would soon cuddle a little
black lab puppy from the F13 litter in my arms: and her name was Filene. After
6 months of coming to classes, events, and learning as much as I could about
the program, a little buddle of joy was delivered into my arms.
Looking back at all the wonderful adventures, lessons, and laughter, Filene has
taught me so much about life in one year.
Rushing out to get busy, practicing
basic commands, exploring new sights, and providing countless puppy cuddles
filled the first couple months of Filene’s new life as a Guiding Eyes pup on
program; and mine as a very proud puppy raising mom.From day one I could tell how much Filene
focused on me, her attention was incredible. I also loved her playfulness,
eagerness, intelligence, and confidence. However, I think I really fell in love
with her after finding her asleep in her bin of toys. These first couple months
we focused on building a connection with each other, and providing a strong
foundation. Filene taught me to be patient, caring and how to take things slow.
After enjoying the sweet
puppy months of Filene’s life, her adolescent side kicked in full force, and
some bumpy months came ahead. Filene gained a whole new level of energy and
mischief. My puppy sure showed me how stubborn she could be. She would blow me
off in public, teeth on random items, pull towards fascinating pine cones, and
try to give kisses, which is nice, except when jumping several feet to reach
the target’s mouth. Although I did get
frustrated at times, we kept on moving forward channeling the playfulness I
loved so much. Hiking became our new favorite activity and Filene also became a
tennis ball addict. A bored Filene was an up-to-no-good Filene and I discovered
new ways to challenge her skills. We would practice in different environments
and distances. My playful adolescent and I learned how to have fun and keep out
take a short pause to hear the cheers and applause. We made it out of
troublesome teens and moved into a more mature well-mannered stage. After lots
of work and perseverance, I found the consistent, well-mannered sides of Filene
DID in fact exist. She never touched my sister’s toys, sat before being pet,
and remained calm inside the house. On outings she stayed focused and aware of
all her surroundings, ignoring tempting people and curious smells and sights
around her. She became more willing to listen and starting to obey whenever she
was told, food or no food. She received a big gold star in my mind when I knew
perseverance did pay off.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind Monroe Region has become more of a family to me. My
favorite day of the week is Monday, puppy class day, and who on earth can say
Monday is their favorite day! Since day one the group’s love and support of
each other in a common goal makes it so rewarding. Sharing in the love of
puppies, the Guiding Eyes mission, and love of what we do, the entire Guiding
Eyes community overflows with never ceasing happiness. It is really true; it
takes a pack to raise a puppy.
Filene has grown
up so much in one year. I cannot believe that my bouncy, silly, loving puppy
has grown into such an amazing and gifted dog. Although she leaves me soon to
go on to bigger and greater things, she takes a piece of my heart to doggie
college with her. Everyone who supported Filene and me during this year will journey
on with her, and hopefully land into the heart of her new Partner. Whether it
was a kiss, hug, advice, or teaching her a lesson, you all made Filene, and me
better volunteers, happier, and more loving than one year ago.
Puppy raising has
taught me that it is not the goal, but about the journey. Taking time to make
mistakes only teaches us how to improve and more forward. Without taking the
time to meet all the wonderful people involved, the experience would not be the
same. I am forever in debt to what Guiding Eyes has done for me. Although there
will be many more puppies to come, I truly believe Filene and I were the
perfect match. Filene taught me to live life to the fullest, work hard, be
patient, considerate, and a newfound appreciation for a good toy. She will
always be my first Guiding Eyes puppy.