Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mr. G and His Great Move

So, it's official: Mr. G will be moving in to another home. I have spoken with the guide dog organisation and they have strongly suggested that I re-home him in order to give my new working relationship the best chance to succeed. It took me a while to accept this option. I had actually seriously contemplated going back to being a White Cane user, but I have worked with dogs for nearly ten years now and going back to a cane just makes me cringe. However, I was willing to do it so that Glacier could stay with us.
The only thing is that, since Glacier is so young, I'd be using a cane for at least another six or seven years. I'm not entirely sure I could do it for that long. With being completely blind and deaf in one ear a guide dog acts as an extra safety net for me when out traveling. So, with my safety in mind and Glacier's bet interest, I have decided to re-home him.
Fortunately, he will be moving in with a friend That means, we'll get to see him and also get regular updates. Glacier and Roscoe can also have play dates. I am going to miss him like crazy of course, but I think it's the best for everyone.
Glacier has always wanted to be an only dog I think and he'll be the centre of attention where he's going. My friend is able to take Glacier to work quite often and he works outside, so Glacier will get to romp freely. Also, my friend is excited to take Glacier to pubs, leash free runs in the surrounding woods and he has a fenced in backyard. It really is ideal.
I've also seen the two interact and they seem to be best buds already
In the mean time, Glacier is retired, but I am waiting for a new dog and going crazy. Glacier definitely doesn't want to work anymore and putting the harness on him is just dangerous and, to me, slightly cruel. He tries to sniff everything and everyone and doesn't seem to know how to walk in a straight line any longer. He'd much rather be
racing around  and being a goof than guiding me. I still work him every morning on the cycling path outside our flat, but for the most part, he's become a pet. He's spending tonight and last night at Tenie's flat for another sleep over. He seems quite contented there; going for walks in the park and lying on the couch watching TV with the girls.
So, although it's been a very difficult decision, I'm actually very excited for Glacier to move in with our friend. I know he'll have a lot of adventures in front of him and ones that he will be able to enjoy.


Lisa and pups said...

That sounds like Glacier has a dream retirement ahead of him!!! Couldn't ask for more! :)
Are you going back to LD for a successor? Or a school closer to home?

torie said...

Jess that must have been a really horrid decision to have to make. At least you'll get to keep in touch and you know where he is going.

I hope you don't have to wait too long for a new dog to come along. Xxx. Huge hugs.

Mango said...

Sounds like Glacier has already retired in his doggie brain. I am so glad that he will be close by and you can visit him (and Roscoe can have playdates as well). Here's to getting another dog soon.

Mango Momma

garthriley said...

I know that it must be difficult for you, but it sounds like Glacier's new home is a perfect fit, plus you will still get to see him. Best of luck to Glacier in his retirement and to you with your new guide dog.


Two French Bulldogs said...

Good luck Mr. G
Benny & Lily

L^2 said...

Glad to hear Glacier will be going to a friend who is close so you guys can still visit him from time to time. I hope that helps make the transition easier for all of you. *hugs*

P.S. In case I don't get back over here to your before the 3rd. Happy (early) birthday!

Maggie Mae and Max said...

We wish only the best for Glacier and his new adventure. Happy that he will still be close to all of you too. Sorry we have been away for so long, how is my Roscoe doing?

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max