For anyone who is interested as to why my blogs have been basically abandoned for the past year or so this gorgeous dog is the reason why.
Ethan arrived at my front door on the 8th of April last year at only 9 weeks of age, he was the cutest and floppiest puppy I had ever seen. So tubby and fat just like a Labrador puppy should be and for my family and I it was love at first sight.
Ethan is worth over $30,000 dollars because it takes about that many donations from the public to raise him. He isn’t just a normal dog, if he continues training the way he is at the moment he’s going to be the eyes for someone. He’s going to graduate and become a Guide Dog for someone visually impaired.
He turned a year old on the last day of January this year, the 31st and not too long after we got a phone call from Guide Dogs Victoria to let us know that the date to hand him back over would be coming.
On the 17th of February we drove to the Guide Dogs Victoria campus, let him play with a couple of his friends who were also being handed over, he was weighed, had a new collar fitted with his name on it and off he went after we had our last little kiss and cuddle.
Not too long ago we got a phone call to say that he had passed his initial assessment, so if all stays well and he continues to learn and grow just the right way he should then he will be graduating and I will be bawling my eyes out with pride (which I’ve done many times already).
He’s an incredibly intelligent dog and we’ve been told by the advisors that come across hundreds of puppies that he is actually more intelligent than the average Labrador they breed down at the centre. Due to this he can be a real handful because he’s just so incredibly curious, but hopefully this means that he will thrive and excel through the rest of his training.
I love and miss him so, so much. I can’t wait to hopefully see him again.