The Bad News…

Well, it looks like no more starter pups for little ‘ol me. Our CFR wants the starter raisers to work with them for longer than a month, and that’s just not possible for me. So sadly, I’ll have to say goodbye to my dream of having one last starter pup. Too bad, because my parents almost said yes, too. 😦


However, I was talking to my leader and they said I could puppy-sit one of our new puppies, Tianna, over December. The raisers have a lot going and they would love to have me watch her.

I really wish I could have raised a starter, though. My only motivation for raising starters isn’t that I get glory for a graduate. Lawrence’s graduation, and the pain I went through, would prove to anyone that it’s not about getting to say “I raised a guide dog”. I just love having a puppy that’s “mine”–even if it is for just a month–rather than watching a dog that’s someone else’s. I don’t GET to do another full-time puppy until I graduate, so my starters are my compromise. They’re “mine” but not “all mine” which is good for my parents and me.

Does that mean I won’t puppy-sit Tianna? Absolutely not. I might actually have a better chance to puppy-sit her (rather than get a starter puppy), because my parents are more welcome of puppysittees than starter pups. I hope I can have her (or someone else) for Christmas….I’ve had a puppy every Christmas for 3 years– Arturo, my boy, Bradford, a puppy-sittee, and Pomona, my 2nd starter pup. So anyway. This is a really long and disjointed post.

I’m going to call Tianna’s raiser and find out exactly when she would want me to puppy-sit. I don’t want to take her away from her family while they want her. I definitely don’t want to ask to have her for Christmas, because I know that’s a special holiday for a lot of families and having their pups with them is important. I know I wouldn’t have shipped Artu off to a puppy-sitter for Christmas, for anything. So I’m not exactly sure WHAT to do right now. My leader is also e-mailing all the other raisers to see if anyone is going out of town and needs a sitter. But right now we have a lot of brand new people who want to puppy-sit.

I love brand new people, and I love that they want to puppy-sit, but I don’t think they’ll ever understand how much I want to puppy-sit until they’ve raised a gorgeous dog and given it away. And then been told they can’t raise again. (except for starter pups) So I don’t know…Dang I want my own puppy again. SO BAD. I’d even take this one back again…..


(by the way, her 2nd raisers saw her at the Oregon Fall Luncheon, and her current raisers said she’s doing great…. :D)

So will I puppy-sit Tianna? Probably. Yeah. Why not. I just really want my own puppy again.

Love your babies for me.

Β and congrats on making it all the way to the end of my whining-post.


8 Responses

  1. I’m sorry to hear the bad news. I wonder if we have starter pups at GDA. If I raise another puppy I’d definitely let you raise him for the first month. The first month is by far the most difficult time. Lucky for the puppies they are so adorable.

  2. Well, I can TOTALLY empathize. I was puppyless for seven months, with only one puppysittee…for about three days. 😦 It really, really sucks. I know how it is to want your own puppy. Good luck figuring it out…

  3. I know how you feel. The 16 months between Runza and Ellie were excruciating. I hope you get to puppysit for your month off. I always just told people in public like at stores and stuff who I wouldn’t see again that it was my dog! πŸ™‚ It was easier than explaining the oh, puppy sitting, but blah blah blah blah!

    good luck! πŸ™‚ You’ll figure something out. I feel for you though.

  4. I’m really sorry about no starter puppy, and I understand about wanting your own puppy. 😦 Anyway, I hope you get to babysit Tianna for awhile, I’m sure that will help. πŸ™‚

  5. Oh no!! I am sorry there will be no starter puppy for you. I know how you feel about wanting your own puppy. It is definitely different. I had 9 month between puppy #1 and puppy #2 and then 9 months between #2 and #3 with a few pet sits in between, it is so hard. 😦 I hope everything works out for you. I feel for you.

  6. That really sucks! I know there has to be at least one person out there who wants a 3 month old….if I lived closer I would have you start one for me! I hope you get to puppy sit some, and maybe look into fostering for a local rescue? They always need people to take home pups that are too young, and it is REALLY hard to find fosters around the holidays.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

  7. Aww….that’s no fun 😦 I was really looking forward to a new pup, and dang, the truck even comes on the right day!

    I hope you get puppy breath over the holidays…

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