Seizure Response Dog, and it's coming straight at us.:)
I've been agonizing over this post since Rachel got a phone call a few days ago, letting her know that a dog had become available, and would likely be here by the end of October.
There have been few times in my life that have actually rendered me speechless. This time, I was speechless, and sobbing at the same time. Poor Rachel thought something was really wrong when I handed her the phone, so she could hear for herself.
We are beyond thrilled, and grateful, and nervous, and, and, and...
Still, it's not a done deal yet. The dog needs to finish its training, and then pass a final physical before it comes to live with us. After that comes several months of team training, with our local trainer, and then a certification test. Once the test is passed, Rachel and the dog will officially be a team.
So, we can't share specific details about the dog, like its name, but I think it's safe to share that it's a golden retriever, which many Seizure Response Dogs are, and male. Believe me, as soon as we can, this blog will be inundated with photos and updates.
We can't thank our 'village' enough for everything you've done for Rachel. This dog is going to make her life better, and bring down her parents' stress levels, in a huge way. There is a lot of work ahead, but it will all be worth it.