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Meeting the Sponsors

Marni, and Electra before her, were sponsored by Classic BMW in Plano, Texas. This means that Classic BMW made a generous donation to Southeastern Guide Dogs for naming rights for a puppy. The owners of Classic BMW, Eric and Lee Maas, and all of their staff at the dealership, have been gracious supporters of Southeastern for quite a long time. Marni is the seventh pup that they have sponsored!

Marni was named in honor of a long time employee who died of cancer a couple of years ago. All of the employees at the dealership were anxious to meet this little girl. (She dressed in her St Patrick’s Day finery!)

Marni got the grand tour and made lots of new friends. She thought that they were all some really fine folks and she’s looking forward to more visits!

Thank you Classic BMW for all that you do!!

Loving, Learning, and Letting Go

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Raising guide dog pups is an emotional roller coaster. They come into your life and your heart for a brief span of time and then before you know it they are moving on to bigger and better things. Our year with Electra was a challenging whirlwind. I loved this dog, but it was not a sure-footed steady love. It was kind of an up and down sort of thing. I didn’t realize how deeply that love had taken root in my heart until this past weekend when I had to turn her leash over to someone else. I’m crying still as I write this. Was she ready? Had I done enough for her? Had I given her enough of my heart to expand her world? She certainly gave me her heart. She trusted me to keep it safe. To carry it gently. What does she think now?

It was certainly a year of learning. For Electra it meant learning how NOT to be a puppy. A hard thing indeed!!! She spent some long, sometimes difficult hours and hours learning to control her impulses, to be a polite young lady instead of a wild one. She put her heart into the effort. She loves training and learning. I wish that I could have given her even more! For us humans, our year was about learning patience and finding the good in all things. Learning to take little steps, to celebrate the small achievements. And every day is a brand new day full of all kinds of possibilites. We learned to celebrate! And it expanded our hearts.

Letting go is another learning experience. How do you celebrate the unknown future? You look at the known past and celebrate the memories and the possibilities buried in those remembered successes. For Electra, I’m not sure. Did we give her enough of our hearts to carry her through this chapter of her life? Enough of our love to keep her until that next person, who needs her love more than we do, wraps their heart around her? I hope so.

I believe in my heart that she is ready for this next chapter. I believe in my heart that her mission in life will be a good one. She is so full of love and possibility, I see nothing but celebrations ahead for her. You go, girl!

I love you Electra!

Saying good-byes –

On to Florida!!

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College life begins —

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The Farewell Tour Begins

Electra said good-bye to the Classic BMW dealership today. The Maas family – father and son – and the whole staff at the dealership were very appreciative and happy to see her. She was at her best and showed off what an incredible young lady she is. I was really proud of her! I went through several Kleenex. The next week is going to go by far too quickly.

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Thank you Classic BMW!!!!!

Meeting the Sponsors – Classic BMW

On Friday, March 28, we traveled to Plano to meet Electra’s sponsors–Classic BMW. The employees of the dealership collected the sponsorship funds and made a generous donation to SEGDI as a Christmas gift to owners, Lee and Eric Maas. They chose the name Electra in honor of BMW’s new all electric car. And now it was time for owners and pup to meet each other!

Carey Leslie and Electra’s brother Nick joined us for the big event.

It was a fun day for everyone!