I woke up to the sound of puppies at 6:45 (good sleepers, these pups, hope their raisers will say the same!) I fed and watered 7 pups, 2 dogs and 3 kids. Once all the human members of our family were dressed, we took some time to give our last hugs and kisses to our favorite babies.
Greta and Miss Pink
Anna and the Bonus Puppy Miss Polka-dot
Caroline and Mr. Red
Tried for one last group shot but boy these pups were squirmy!!
PAWS or BUST!
The girls went off to school and Rosie and I went off to Paws to drop off the puppies. We left them in the kennel with Aimee and Dr. Jeanne who had a day planned for them. Evaluations, shots, etc. I took my time and cried, of course! Almost the minute they were confined in the kennel, each pooped and peed. Aimee grabbed the mop and I smiled, having already cleaned up my last puppy mess for a while.
At least two of the pups are spending tonight with their new foster families and all should be home by Wednesday. I now know what pup is what name, but I will keep the secret until all the raisers have met their charge, then I will share.
On my was out, I ran into Keeley's raisers who had just arrived at Paws from the Detroit area. They were dropping off their foster puppy, Chai for "college" and picking up Keeley. It was comforting to have a chance to chat with them for a few moments. It is a bittersweet day for them as well.
Rosie and I took a walk and ran into some friends and by the time we got in our car to leave the Paws campus, in Wayland, I think we were both ready to go. We went to school to pick up the twins and the students showered Rosie with love and attention. It has been so long since she has been around the school yard, it warmed my heart to hear all of the shouts of "Rosie, I have missed you".
Back at home, it has been busy afternoon catching up on all the neglected tasks around here. Every now and then I pause thinking I hear a puppy crying. I am sure it will take a while to get that sound out of my head.
As I checked my email this afternoon, I received a message from Jill, a woman that I do not know. She is waiting for a successor assistance dog after loosing her pervious dog. She shared her story and reminded me of the way her 2 former assistance dogs have changed her life. This made me smile, cry and smile again. I cannot thank her enough. Jill, your timing is impeccable.
The "Special K" litter's time with our family is over, but their path to greatness has only just begun......