If you read my prior post, you got a peek at what we’re hoping is a very good thing.
As you know, I threw the “FIND US A PUPPY!” gauntlet down, and Sarah (who has a service dog herself and is in fact starting to teach service-prep classes this summer) took it up.
As far as I can tell, Sarah knows every human who shows dogs in the Eastern Hemisphere. She immediately had fantastic people for us to talk to about Pekingese and Papillons and half a dozen other breeds, but she most particularly wanted us to talk with her friends with Tibbies.
So on Saturday we went to meet Kitty and Kathy, who are professional handlers who travel with a household of Tibetan Spaniels all over the East Coast. All of their dogs are used to travel and to handling, and all of them are solid, affectionate, funny little dogs. We talked with them for at least an hour and Honour got to hold every single one of their dogs, from ancient oldsters to adolescent puppies. They all just sat quietly or washed her face and wiggled very gently. It felt very, very good; the vibe of the dogs is exactly right.
When we were walking away after the long conversation I asked Honour if she felt OK – she said, “Yeah,” and then was quiet for a while, thinking, and then said, “Before I held them my hands felt really dirty but they actually feel cleaner now. It’s like those dogs are a bubble of goodness.”