So, it has finally arrived; the email I have been waiting for. It says that Glacier and I will be returning to Leader Dogs for the Blind for retraining on April tenth for approximately a week. I'm not sure what that word "approximately" means-perhaps longer than a week if they think we need it-but I am so grateful to be given this opportunity. I also want to commend the Leader Dogs staff for handling my request in a very quick and efficient manner. I sent my first email of concern in on Friday after business hours and just received a second email from them confirming that we indeed are going in for retraining.
I am so nervous and excited. I'm nervous because they have also told me that if the staff determine Glacier needs to be retired, then they will retire him after our week of retraining. All I can do is pray and keep doing what I am doing now to ensure that Glacier and I stay a working team. He and I bonded so quickly when we first met, that I am willing to do whatever it takes to get us back on track.
This upcoming Saturday we will be back in the town where I went to university/college and I will get a lot of working in. That will also help me to determine more accurately where our problem areas are and whether or not I feel like he can be retrained.
The improvements I have seen in his demeanor and attitude just from being on leash and having more one on one time with me in the past three days, tells me that he can do this. We both need to rebuild trust and the week at Leader Dogs for the Blind will allow us to focus on just each other and hopefully that is all we need.
This is a happy Jess signing off for now. :)
PS: Thank you again for all of the encouragement we have received from you wonderful people.