Wednesday, August 8, 2007

It's Time

Well, on Saturday, it will be time. Paige is really going in for training. She's come a LONG way, and we couldn't be more proud of her...but....

anyone know of a country that doesn't have an extradition treaty?

I know, I know, we have to give her back, as we gave Voight and Liam back before her, but this is the really hard part. The two of us have differences in how we perceive turn-in also, but it's one of those things that everyone handles differently.

It's been hilarious, the people who have wanted "their last Paige kiss/ hug/ puppysit/ step on the foot. I got a call today from the lady I dropped Paige off with: she had taken Paige to the OTHER lady who's been helping us with the pups while I can't take one to work. The other lady wasn't pleased that SHE hadn't had her last puppysit of Paige (sorry, tomorrow and Friday Paige will go with her daddy, and Tai will be puppysat).

It has also been very hard not to have a pup with me (Amy) at work. I miss the thump-thumps of the tail when I sit down in my chair, the small (or large) snores emanating from the corner.

We're going to miss her.

I don't know what all happens at other schools when you give your dog back, but with us, we have a luncheon up at the school, they have speakers that tell you how wonderful you are, that you have Given The Gift, but still:

You take your dog down to the kennels. You take their collars off. You kiss them goodbye.

You turn around and leave.

Someone asked us after our last meeting why we didn't cry when we talked about turning the Paiges back in. It was nearly four weeks ago. It still wasn't real. And we were dealing with other changes, my new job, etc. Trust me, I'm making up for it now.

We are so proud of Paige, and we truly love what we do. We wouldn't stop doing this for anything. But as our friend tells us, it's like a rollercoaster to raise a guide. The car goes up, the car goes down. You just hang on for dear life.


Emily and Suede said...

Oh, I just went through that, so I know how you feel. Good Luck on Saturday to you and Paige!

Natalie said...

Recall just sucks every time, doesn't it? But we know Paige is a very good girl and we wish you guys and Paige the best of luck on Saturday.

Joanna and Camry said...

Paige has made excellent progress! I'm hoping she'll do very very well in training! good luck on Saturday!

The Puppy Raising Roller Coaster said...

It is so hard to say goodbye to the dog thats made leaps and bound in progress and has burried their furry face ssecurly in your heart. Good Luck on Saturday. She will make you proud!

8675309 said...

Truman and I are looking forward to seeing you guys tomorrow. So much so, in fact, that you might have trouble making us go home. It's not Saturday if Friday doesn't end, right? :)

Megan & Sherman said...

Recalls suck no matter how many times you have done it. Good luck to Paige , I know she will do wonderfully.

Amy, Polaris & Zoom said...

Good luck Paige!

my 3rd foster puppy, Zoom is going back in a few weeks, so I feel your pain.

Good luck.