Natalia watching Father Charlies after being blessed
After the death of my husband, I decided to train a canine for the disabled, as my husband wanted to but died before he could do it, so I did it to honor him. I decided I could do it after many years of training and competing with my Sheltie, Shannon.
What an experience not just for me but for all the three hundred people I worked with! It was challenging, as a handful did not want her there. But we moved forward and her friends that embraced her were there to support us.
I cannot begin to even describe how quickly she picked up on what she needed to know. Her training went smoothly; she attended all the functions, training, graduations, meetings, etc. Everything. She was loved from the very beginning.
She was with us for thirteen months and I will be forever grateful for the experience of meeting her.
Turning her in broke all our hearts, but it was well worth it. She simply brought joy, education, and laughter to all. She delivered the mail every morning, opened the doors for the disabled that worked in our office, and visited everyone every day.
I was recently remembering her as a puppy; walking with me down the hall, she would grab a Christmas ornament off someone's desk! She has been gone from me for several years, but has never been forgotten and certainly will hold a place in my heart forever.
Lorraine, what a story to warm the heart! In my opinion, you did a very generous thing, not only by honoring your husband's wish but also thoroughly preparing Natalia II to be of service to someone in need and then giving her up. In addition, you gave her a chance to work, something not given to enough dogs as far as I'm concerned.
I was just wondering about a couple of things - did you ever find out with whom Natalia II was placed? Did you go through an organization such as Canine Companions for Independence?
Thank you again for taking the time to write and include the beautiful photo.