|Billy and Trixy (3 months old)|
On dog issue day, the blind person is in their room and the instructor brings the dog to them. For 3 days now the dog has not had much human contact at all. Of course they are fed and let out, but at this point they are craving for someone to pet them. The instructor will say, "you have a 65 # yellow lab named Trixy, call her name!" Usually the tears start to flow as the person finally has their dog.
No more kennel life for the dog. She will now be with her new master constantly. She stays in the room with him/her. There are two doors in this "hotel" room. One door opens to the hallway of the residence hall, and the other door opens to a fenced in area so the person can "park" (potty) the dog without worrying about loosing her.
Together Trixy and her new master will have 3 more weeks of instruction, and the bond between them will become strong. The blind person will learn to trust Trixy.....and Trixy will get all the pets she can handle. ......I am a very proud mama :-)
|Trixy, now a working dog.|