Last Friday I had the call, the one that I dreaded and looked forward to but mainly dreaded. Guide Dogs have a possible match for me. She’s a little black Labrador called Jasmine and on paper she ticks all the boxes. So they will be setting up a matching visit for me to meet her and work her to find out if she definitely is a match. If she is suitable, I’ll start training on the 23rd of November.
So that’s the positive. The negative is that although my rational logical side says that Jade has worked hard for me for almost 8 years and she is now showing caution. She therefore deserves to retire whilst she is still fit and healthy and lead the stress free life of a pet. But my selfish insecure side can’t bear the thought of letting her go. I can’t imagine life without her. I know her so well and she has never once compromised my safety. She’s been the best working guide dog I’ve owned to date and she’ll be a hard act to follow. I know I’ll have to let her go but its going to be so hard.