Richee update July 2018

Hello everyone. it is Richee again.

I hope you are not getting tired of hearing from me, but I needed to let you know how I am doing.

As I explained in my last letter I was working on my barking in the house and a few other things. I tried really hard, and my Puppy Trainer and Supervisor tried all different strategies with me – but I just could not get over it. So, because of this I will not be suitable as a working dog.

They were worried that with the extra responsibilities my barking might get worse, and they say that is what often happens. Also, I do have a little health issue that flares up once in awhile, and although it is not life-threatening or anything, it may be a concern for someone that is visually impaired, has autism or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Now on a happy note, I am going to live with a fantastic family! They actually met me at the beach before, not knowing I would end up at their house.

There are four kids in the family, and as you know I love kids, so this will be awesome. My new mom is at home all day so during the summer we will be a big happy family. When the kids go back to school I will hang out with my new mom. She doesn’t mind if I bark to alert her of things and that is a relief for me, “’cause” it is pretty hard for me to control.

I have gone over to meet the whole family and really like their house, yard and everything about them. I will be officially moving in the next couple of weeks after my Puppy Trainer and I hang out together a little while longer. I will miss all my buddies at obedience class, but you will be getting updates from one of them in the next couple of months.

I am really sorry things didn’t go as planned, but I am super happy the team at BC & Alberta Guide Dogs recognize when we have a problem and decide to find us a suitable family where we will be loved and cared for.

Thank you so much for your support on my journey through this program and I hope that my friend will make you proud.

Take care, and maybe I will see on the beach!

Love and licks,

Richee