Many of you have asked where Oleta will be staying and what she will be doing during my absence. I was hoping to get something directly from her and post it here, but I’m afraid she does not have access to a computer or phone and so I will have to do the updating I’m afraid. 🙂
For the first few days, Oleta stayed with my Dad. She was actually able to go into work with him, and made quite a few new acquaintances during her time in the office. Over the weekend, she visited with her friend Dozer, a family friend’s chocolate lab, though Dad did say that even that get together didn’t cheer her up, she’s been missing me so much. That makes me so sad, because I can’t phone her and tell her that I will be back soon, and that she doesn’t have to worry, but then again, I can’t even seem to convince myself of that so I guess it’s a lost cause anyway. It’s also comforting in a way, to know that she is missing me as much as I am missing her. I’m not really alone in this, even though it feels like it sometimes.
Monday, my Mom took her for a walk and then met up with a puppy raiser from Guiding Eyes, who was driving one of her puppies up to New York. With a little coaxing from Mom, Oleta jumped into the crate in the back of the puppy raisers van, next to her travel buddy Hendrix, a five month old German Shepherd pup. Later, Mom got a call from Guiding Eyes, assuring her that Oleta will be spoiled rotten at the GEB kennels. She has a roommate, goes out to play with the other dogs multiple times a day, will get a thorough check up from the vet there, and will be worked several times a week by the trainers.
I hate to think of her there, worrying that I abandoned her, but I am glad that Guiding Eyes is so willing to go above and beyond to care for my sweet guide and dearest companion. I’m sure the work with the trainers will do her good; getting into harness is something she wouldn’t be able to do if she were staying with my family, so I’m very pleased that she will have that opportunity. Work is always a great distraction, and this way Oleta and I will both have plenty to keep us occupied.
I am still aching for her, but I am glad that she is safe and in good hands and paws. I hope that this can somehow prove to be a regenerative period for both Oleta and I, and that our bond can only grow stronger during our separation. I love you Oleta.