Volunteering as a puppy raiser is a significant commitment and brings with it many rewards. The greatest reward is a successful placement and hearing that your trainee is working as expected.
Chumley was placed in his forever home just before Christmas.
After placement, we normally take a little break. This allows time to regroup and spend some quality time with our pet dog, Monte.
During our break we did have an unexpected visitor, Enzo. He stayed for a week while his puppy raisers were traveling and provided the necessary puppy fix, as we were suffering puppy withdrawal. Monte enjoyed his company too.
Working with a non-profit, Custom Canines Service Dog Academy, one needs to wear many hats. My least favorite role is as fundraiser. But that is what we have been working on for the last month. I would much rather be housebreaking a puppy or fine tuning a STAY command.
We have taken an extended break from puppy raising to focus on fundraising. We are five weeks away from beginning a cross country bicycle journey. The focus of which is increasing awareness for Autism Service Dogs and securing donations to fund future placements.
Pedal 4 Paws - Coast 2 Coast