Here's a quickie sneak peek into what went down at Transfer Camp on Friday. I got to meet T's new person, Kathy, for the first time ever. And I got to see Big T again — both of which were fabulous. The local news station came to do a follow-up on T and Kathy's progress after working together for a week.
This'll have to hold you 'til I can get a proper blog post (or three) together.
That's a picture of Kathy, Big T, and me, right before I headed home after a full day of watching the two of them together. It was a terrific experience. Service Dogs of Virginia's Peggy Law (not pictured here) deserves a big thank you for allowing me to tag along all day Friday. For another reason, too: she was Talos' second "mom" after I turned him in. Big T lived and trained with Peggy from turn-in (July 23) until Friday, when T's third "mom" took him home for the weekend.
Both Peggy and I know the hole that a big dog (both in personality and stature) leaves. But what a great thing he'll do for Kathy!
Kathy and Talos will return to Service Dogs of Virginia on Monday for another week of coaching and testing before being officially turned out into the world. I'm confident both will pass with flying colors. More to come…