Donnie has landed in a country full of wide open running space and inhabited by some strange beings that leave trails of candy wherever they go. He’s having a fun time figuring it all out.
Stephen’s favorite toy was his food bowl. He loved it! If it was left on the floor, he would toss it and scoot it and have a grand time with it.
I’m not so sure what Donnie thinks of his —
Happy Trails to you All!!
It was a fun, fun year with this boy! Lots of adventure. Lots of learning. Lots of JOY. I miss him like crazy. I hope that he does great things. I Believe that he will!
Stephen is his name. Joy is his game!
from the 2KK18 litter
born 07 Dec 2018
Black Lab Male
Sire – Murphy Dam-Josie
The rest of his litter – Donnie’s brother, Neely, 2nd from left, returned to Texas with us. The other 4 went off to Jacksonville, Fla.
Donnie is sponsored by Tim and Missy Griffy – fellow puppy raisers of the North Texas Puppy Raiser group. He is named in honor of Donnie Cechan, another fellow raiser who died in 2017. His wife Leslie now has puppy Donnie’s brother, Neely – also sponsored by the Griffys.
Leslie with puppy Donnie along with Neely on the left and Carver on the right. Sitting on Donnie’s Bench. Carver is not from the same litter and is a couple of weeks older than the other 2, but is here in Texas with us. The 3 pups will be learning new things together.
Donnie and Neely returned to Texas together and were great travelers – just like their predecessors, Stephen and Arthur.
I think they will be best buds!
And now they both are adjusting to their new lives away from Mom and Siblings. House rules, yard rules, people rules, leashes, grass, furniture, strange animals. It’s all new and exciting.
So far, so good here at the 7 Acre Wood!
I will keep you apprised of their progress!
The hardest part about Puppy Raising is not the sleepless nights, or the vomit and poop and pee, or the chewed shoes and gnawed furniture. It’s not the battle scars from sharp baby teeth, or the frustrations of training, or the worries that you are not being the best for your pup. The hardest part is letting go. Letting go of a piece of your heart. So why do we do it?! Because the rewards at the end are unbelievably precious. The Knowing that that pup that stole your heart and love will be pouring it out for someone who NEEDS his love. It’s a gift. A gift to the visually impaired person who receives the pup, and a gift to the raiser of a job well done.
Stephen has moved on to “college.” His next phase of training. He was, I believe, the best pup I have had the pleasure of raising. He has taken my heart and my tears off with him. And I’m pretty confident that he isn’t missing me too much. He’s with his Best Bud, brother Arthur. And he’s spending his days learning new things. He loves learning new things. I’m anxious to see where he goes from here.
I did a road trip to Florida for the big event. Along with fellow raiser, Leslie Cechan. Leslie has had Arthur for the last year. We had a great trip out there. The boys were good travelers. Did well in the car and in the hotels.
Southeastern Guide Dogs does Turn In Time BIG. It’s quite a day for the puppy raisers. 28 pups showed up for their Freshman Orientation. 28 + folks showed up with lots of kleenex.
This is Stephen’s litter – Magic, Arthur, Dottie, Stephen, and Griffy
Stephen was quite ready to go off with the new trainer!
So, Stephen is off to bigger and better things. A whole new world for him. He’ll be fine. I believe that. He’ll be fine.
And I went from the intake kennel to the puppy kennel to pick up my new charge! Nothing soothes a broken heart like a new puppy!!
And I’ll tell you all about him tomorrow!!