"Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it along to someone else." Mitch Albom

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What Churry has taught me

     I knew being a puppy raiser would be a life-changing experience.  Never in a million years would I have guessed the impact this has had on me and my family.  In August of 2011 I was handed a big notebook full of information about canine care and obedience commands I was to teach my puppy.  But, what wasn't in it was the list of what I would learn...

Devotion...this dog is the most devoted dog ever.  I will miss opening doors knowing she's waiting for me on the other side.  And sitting at the dinner table without her on my feet or by my side.

Education...there is so much more in life to learn than what I teach at school.  I had the very fortunate opportunity to be able to teach my students and public about assistance dogs.

Freedom...Countless times have I thanked God for the opportunity to have my physical abilities.  When you're raising an assistance dog, it does cross you mind that perhaps what you are doing at that moment is not possible for someone else.  But, perhaps that puppy at the end of your leash will make it possible for someone.

Empathy and Awareness...I certainly have not ever had the opportunity to try and count money or make snacks without the help of my vision before puppy raising.  Or have I ever tried to maneuver my uncoordinated self in a wheelchair!  And I totally cheated and used my feet!

Patience...it's not easy teaching a puppy to ignore their food!  And it's not easy for a puppy to wait patiently for a toddler!

Perseverance...it doesn't always happen nicely the first time.  Keep trying and don't give up!

Give back...it's good for your spirit!

But most importantly....love with all your heart! 


  1. You will be so glad years down the road that you wrote this post. Then you can look back and see just how much Cherry taught/changed you. :)

  2. Awwwww, now I gotta go cause the waterworks have started. Good luck Churry!!!!

  3. Looks like you have done a wonderful job with her! She will do amazing things. Will you puppy raise again?