Time and again I wish that I was in a position to be able to keep my retired guide dogs, but all the time I have to work this will never be possible.
Jade is the first dog I had to retire and find a home for and I was pleased when my parents said they’d take her. there are so many differing views about the best way to retire a guide dog. some say they’d want to know where they were and see them regularly, some prefer contact now and again but not to see the dog. others need to make a clean break in order to work effectively with the replacement.
I thought I’d want contact and occasional visits so I thought I’d done the right thing. However, I didn’t bank on feeling so sad when I find my parents have done something that I wouldn’t have.
They have gone on holiday to Cornwall and not taken Jade. Dogs will never be an integral part of the family as far as my mother is concerned. They can easily be left with someone and called for later on. I know this is of course probably right, I just wish I’d been able to find a real dog lover for Jade. someone who would consider the dog as a priority when making arrangements and want to have the dog with them.
the decision is made now and there’s probably no going back, unless I win the lottery in which case I’d be straight down there to fetch her! I’ll know for next time though.