Happy Trails

What? Today is the day I go to my forever home?

It was unexpected. I had planned on having him for several more days. But his family came home early and wanted to pick him up. How could I refuse? I know how much they loved him already and I know, if I were in their shoes, I would want him home ASAP too. So I rearranged my afternoon (not too hard since I didn’t really have anything planned) so that Mr. Jagger could begin his new life.

It’s fortunate that I took him for a 3-mile walk in the snow this morning. He was actually really good. Not a lot of pulling. It was a nice walk together. At the time, I didn’t know it was our last.

After I brought him home, I went snowshoeing with Risa. That was a lot of fun and HARD work! We didn’t do quite 3 miles but what we did do was pretty taxing work. Fortunately, it seems like we should have plenty of opportunities to go snowshoeing again. Unlike last year when we got totally hosed and only got to go out once!

With everyone more relaxed and less zany after long walks in the winter wonderland, I decided to let them have one last hurrah in the back yard. It was going to be the last time they got to play together and I was hoping they would. The early part was spent sniffing and wandering the yard by themselves. Eventually, they decided it was ON and playtime erupted. Jagger was hanging off Risa’s neck. They were swatting at each other and jaw sparring. Jagger chased Risa all over the yard. They had a great time.

Then it was off to Mr. Jagger’s new life. It’ll take some getting used to, I’m sure, but he’ll be fine. I tried my best to set him up for success and to learn how to live in a home. I hope he remembers some of his manners once he gets to their house. 😉

Although they didn’t always get along, I’m pretty sure Risa and Jagger considered each other good friends. I’m glad everything worked out between them.

While it may have been a bit too soon after moving to add a foster dog, I don’t regret it. Jagger was a great first-foster. While he had his share of issues, they were minor and easy to work out. He wasn’t too much for me to handle and he was a lot of fun to work with. He was also a good match for Risa even if he was a bit too much for her at times. It was nice to have a “normal” dog and he was a great learning experience. It’s clear I still have some things to work on (patience, controlling my frustration) and he helped me remember and realize that. I do wish him the best. His family is going to love him and I think he’s on his way to a great future.

Now. . .who’s next? 😉

(Actually, I think we’ll take a wee bit of a break for now. It’ll be nice to be a one-dog household again. I’ll know when I’m ready to foster again. I’ll just have to find a face I can’t stop looking at again. . .)

About Jamie

I'm just a traditionally-trained artist with interests in dog training. I currently teach classes at the local obedience training club (tricks, freestyle, and Rally-FrEe) and I also teach classes professionally for an organization who helps veterans train their own service dogs.
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