I got the news on Wednesday when I was in Pennsylvania for a horse training clinic, that the very next day our dear Monti would be returning to the service dog organization.
No! Not yet! I haven’t had enough time with her!
But, there’s nothing to be done. We had too many dogs with the addition of Schooner. It was better for everyone involved (minus my heart, of course) and it was the logical decision. Me and my heart don’t do logic very well at all.
I left the horse clinic early (which was fine because I was freezing!) and hot-tailed it back down, hoping to get an hour or so with the little girl.
It’s been so cold outside, I haven’t gotten my good camera out in a long, long time. Which means I don’t have any recent pictures of the girl. So I had my iPhone with me and managed to snap this one of Monti while we were waiting for SDV to come pick the girlie up.
She’s fine, of course. She’s happier there than here, no doubt about it. She’s got at least 10 new doggie friends who are in various stages of their own training, her new person also has Caysun, and she also has a pond of her own in which to swim!
The only one missing anything is me. And truth be told, while I miss that bugger like crazy, life with five dogs is just too much for me. And too much for Nemo. But that’s another story for another blog post.
If there was a lesson for me to learn from this, it was that quicker is better. I had no notice whatsoever, [well, 24-hours, but that doesn’t count as notice, right?] so I didn’t pre-grieve her departure. Admittedly, it was far easier for her to ride off in someone’s car than it is for me to walk out the door of the training center and leave her behind. So, all in all, it was one of my better turn-ins. I can’t wait for my next trip to the service dog organization so I can see her (and Caysun!) again when I take Schooner down for his check-in. Stay tuned…