Waiting for 'the One'

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Waiting for the ONE

©CAL 5/13/08

Somewhere out there

Is the one meant for me.

They’ll be waiting

Longing to come and be

Tied to my side in the daytime

Blissfully tired at night

Ready to play, to run, have fun

Whether it’s dark or light.

I’m preparing

Getting each thing in place

So that sharing

Everything in my space

Will be a wondrous time for

Both of us, happily -

Rain or shine, all of the time

My GEB puppy and me!

I'm preparing to get a Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy, probably mid June, which I will raise for 18 months. After that time, the puppy takes a test. If the test is passed, the puppy then goes to NY to the GEB facility for 6 months of intensive training specific to becoming a service dog for a blind person. Then there's another test. If that test is passed, the dog then meets their lifetime partner, and has a months's training with them.

People always ask: "How can you ever give up a pet?", which was my first question in considering participation in this program. The answer is that one takes on this responsibility 'knowing' and 'agreeing' and 'desiring' to do something for someone else who cannot be independant without the help of the puppy who will grow up to be their 'eyes' and guide them safely and happily through life. I know that doesn't mean that there will not be a 'tearful goodbye' at the end of the 18 months, but it's a way of 'giving back' in life that involves a very pleasant journey.

Also, considering taking a nice, long walk twice a day with a beloved friend is a very appealing idea!

The dog will go everywhere I go (after the initial puppy house breaking training) and will impart the lessons of loving and giving to my 3 grandchildren, too. Of course, they're going to LOVE romping and playing with the puppy, and already are eager to help with the basic training that they get from the puppy-raiser.

As one who lives alone, I'm looking forward to the company, too, although GEB pups are raised by folks from all walks of life, in all living situations.

I have one more class to go, a house visit, and then hopefully will be assigned a puppy. At any time now, I'll be given the website of the puppies, so I can see the litter to which I've been assigned. (All these dogs are bred for their spacific 'career' from others who have been successful.) When I get the puppy, it will already have a name, with the first letter matching the litter from which they've come. That's how GEB tracks the puppies. They also get a number associated with their birth litter.

I'm getting excited!!!
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    Any word on the day you get your pup? I've been away in China for a few weeks and just got back. I thought about you after missing my boys the last few weeks. Fisher tested me for a few hours after picking him up, but then realized the Boss has the food!! They get right back on track then.
    Please keep me posted and blessings on your journey.
    4775 days ago
    This is beautilful. What a wonderful thing you are doing. God will bless you a hundredfold and the recipient will never forget the training and love you will have given to his new "eyes". You will have a new walking buddy too.
    You are truly a wonderful, caring and giving person!
    God bless.
    4784 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/18/2008 10:39:56 AM
  • 4MEBFIT2015
    Your poem is beautiful, even the one you wrote on mother's day. Thank you. Congrates on getting the puppy, how exciting for you. You'll have your walking buddy. emoticon
    4787 days ago
    Somewhere --- a puppy is waiting for "The one" also. He ( or she) is dreaming of who will love him and care for him. Whoever gets you----- he will have a blessed life. Don't forget to posts photos of him so we can oooohhhh and aaawwww over him.
    Blessings ~
    4787 days ago
    beautiful poem..i am also waiting for my ONE... and what a beautiful work you do for the puppies and for the that is awsome. not an easy task...but so worth it to the blind person that will get this dog.
    4789 days ago
    What a wonderful thing for you to be doing.
    I know it would be hard to give up a pet after 18months but, you get the satisfaction of knowing that the dog you raised is going to help someone so very much, and that has to make it all worth it!
    Good luck and may you be blessed many times over for this act.
    4789 days ago
  • LAILA07
    What a wonderful thing you are doing to help others. I can imagine that it will be very hard to say goodbye to the puppy after 18 months. A person becomes attached to an animal very quickly. I hope you are allowed to share photos with everyone here.
    4789 days ago
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