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Service dog puppy news!

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.”

And HOORAY.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Priscilla Petty Babbitt May 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    praise Jesus.. so happy for Honour~

  • Reply Joanna Kimball May 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you! We are pretty happy ourselves – now we just have to save a whole buncha money and wait for August or September 🙂

  • Reply Priscilla Petty Babbitt May 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    :)) God will supply

  • Reply Bonnie June 2, 2011 at 2:20 am

    I am so glad. Hoping hard the most perfect puppy for Honour is on his/her way.

    I have a Tibetan Terrier (I got her when I was 11, we are almost 26 and 14 1/2 now!) and have always been intrigued by Tibetan Spaniels as well. I have heard that the two breeds have very similar personalities, but the TS has an extra dose of propriety. 🙂 I have never met a dog who so clearly thinks for herself as my Kea. It’s not always convenient, but I adore her.

    It’s funny because TS don’t look much like Ginny to me (although they are the same size and type), but something about the way they hold themselves and look at you seems so very Ginny-like.

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