Everybody, I'd like you to meet Bob (it's his birthday today) and his Leader Dog Sonnet. Bob has been slowly losing his sight. He has had Sonnet for about 8 years now. She is 9 1/2 yrs old now, and she quit leading. It happens that somewhere around 8, 9, 10 years old, the Leader Dogs just decide they don't want to do this anymore. It's like she isn't paying attention anymore.
So, Bob is getting a new Leader Dog, and I am adopting Sonnet so she can just live the rest of her life as a dog that can run free. Sonnet was adopted from a humane society and then trained by Leader Dogs For The Blind as a dog guide. She is German Shepherd and Husky as far as anyone can tell. She knows me quite well because I watched her two times for an extended amount of time. Once while Bob had his knee operated on and once when he had a slight heart attack.
In 2 weeks my Future Leader Dog For The Blind, Butsch, is going back to Leader Dogs For The Blind for his formal training. Anytime after that, Sonnet will be coming to live with us. I won't be raising any more puppies until Sonnet passes. Two dogs in the house is all I can handle -- especially with all the "grandchildren traffic" we have here :-)
Sonnet has been "eating good" the past few years. (Probably a few too many dog biscuits) I will try to get a bit of that weight off, so her old joints don't suffer too much.
Soon to be enjoying the retired life.
|(She looks kinda mean in this pic...no...she's a gentle heart.)|
I'm sure there will be lots more pictures of her coming down the road.