If I didn’t love my dog, I couldn’t have made it through this. I’m so, so exausted. Can you imagine if I hadn’et been working out? Ugh. We had our exit interviews today, and I suggested that it be made more clear that if we need to take time off, it’s not going to ruin our training or our dog’s training. The healthy people are exausted, so for those of us with anything physical, it’s almost too much if you don’t know you can slow down. So, hopefully my experience will help others down the road.
We did a country road today, which is really similar to a road near home and I had Jay wear the booties. He walked pretty well in them. That’s all I’m gonna say about that experience. Jayden did fine. I would have done fine. I’m sure it’ll be fine at home on the road that I’m used to. That was pretty much the last of what I wanted and needed to learn. Thank God.
I can’t wait to get home to B and the cats and I can’t wait to have Dave again. His temperment fits me perfectly as a teacher. Calm. Cool. Collected. Never lets his frustration show. No wonder I’ve been so successful with him. I can’t wait to get back to working with Dave.
I can’t wait to see Gamma. It’ll have to be next Sunday since I’m traveling this Sunday. I can’t wait to get back into my phone routines. I’ve been so exausted that talking on the phone wears me out. So I’m pretty much only talking to Gamma and B.
I’m glad this isn’t four weeks, but I have to wonder if I would have gotten this exausted with the old schedule. I hear there was a lot more down time in that schedule. But it’s also nice to only be away from home for three weeks. I just have to say I want to work Jayden for at least 12 years because man, I don’t know if I could do this again.
I’m certainly not trying to diswade anyone from going to guide dog school. I would say though, to really know your limitations and really have the courage to put your foot down. That was something I was lacking in my first two weeks and I think that’s why I’m in the condition I’m in now.
But, Jayden makes it all worth it. I just had him off tie down because normally he just sleeps at my feet, but he grabbed his bone and started flying around the room lol! Now he’s on his fleece chewing it calmly. We had a nice grooming session just before I sat down to write. That is so calming.
Tomorrow is Miur Woods or however it’s spelled and I can’t decide if I’m going. I’m just kinda done, if you know what I mean. It’s a 45 minute bus ride on a winding road. Just don’t know if I’m up for it. Will I regret it if I don’t go? Or what if I push through and do it and am dead on grad day? Ack, just don’t know.
I just can’t wait to get my Jaybay home. Oh yeah, since I call him Jaybay, I have him a middle name of Bailey hehe! Jayden Bailey. Cute eh?