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Pearl met her handler.

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by , 03-13-2009 at 05:54 AM
So one theme in this blog is Pearl and everything I dealt while puppyraising her. Pearl was/is a big thing in my life at the time and even now, thus I posted a lot about her. I've mentioned this subtly throughout the boards, never out right though. Well now I feel like I should post this:

Pearl's graduating (knock on wood) on April 5th. She met her handler/blind person on Wednesday. Her handler cried when meeting her. Based on pictures and what I've heard they seem to be a good/great match. I knew she would go to an older lady and she did. The two of them still have to get through the next 20something days, but I feel really good about this.

Proud isn't a big enough word to describe how I feel about her graduating. In awe, wowed, very small and humbled, happy, the list can go on. There's a feeling of "I did that!" and how good it feels to know something I loved doing (even when she was awful) changed someone's life.

On April 5th at graduation I have to speak in front of 200+ people about raising her and I'm wondering if I'm going to be a teary mess (probably) and what I'm going to mumble out.

If anyone wants to see either the work/fun I'm doing or see Pearl with her handler (or really cute puppy pictures):
[url=]Guide Dogs of the Desert[/url]

and go to gallery.

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  1. SusieP.'s Avatar
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    You should be very proud. Of Pearl and of yourself.

    I just looked at the pictures and now I'm all teary. How cute is Pearl's new mommy?
    Updated 03-15-2009 at 01:56 PM by SusieP.
  2. knittingknerd's Avatar
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    Pearl's new mom is apparently really spry! The pictures had me in tears for at least 20 minutes.
  3. All Aglow's Avatar
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    Wow, now I'm all teary, too.

    Such a wonderful thing, this is something you really should be proud of for you and for Pearl. And she's so beautiful!
  4. MickeyMaxx's Avatar
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    Do you have any idea how many positive points this adds to your karma? Thank you for enduring all that raising a service dog entails and for sharing that journey with us. Thanks to you, Pearl will go on to enrich this lady's life now. Words fail me dear lady. Bless you!
  5. knittingknerd's Avatar
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    It's so much fun. That's the reason why I do it. I mean I love playing with puppies so for me... I get 18 months of playing with puppies and a new pup every year and change.