Well, I am afraid this is my farewell song. It’s time for me to say goodbye, though I’d rather say aloha, au revoir, until we meet again…. because goodbye sounds so final.
In August, I was honorably discharged from Hero Dogs. Unfortunately, it turns out that I have really bad arthritis in my elbows and hips so I won’t be able to be a service dog. Now, like most servicemen, women, and dogs, I have mixed feelings about my retirement. On the one hand I am sad that I will not be doing my job any more. It was a great job, I met a lot of really nice people and I loved doing it. I was also pretty good at it if I do say so myself.
On the other hand, retirement has its perks. I am really excited that I am living with Maggie and all of the other dogs that I have grown up with. Plus, Maggie and her family have a lot of military connections (daughter at the Naval Academy, brother who is a Marine, father served in the Army, father in-law in the Navy, grandfather who served in WWII). Also, if I haven’t told you before, Maggie lives on a big farm. Now that I am not a Hero Dog anymore, I can use the invisible fence that they have installed which covers ten acres. So basically, I have ten acres to run free on, yahoo! I love being able to do that. Plus, Maggie has a pool in her back yard and I go for a swim about four times a day. I just get in and paddle around whenever I feel like it, it’s great.
Maggie has a new Hero Dog that she is training, so we go on long walks in the country every day and I go swimming in the pond and chase deer and just generally race around and have a good time. I also still do consulting work so I keep up with what is going on in the service dog world. When Maggie is training Indie (short for Independence), sometimes I train alongside of her and we do our puppy push-ups together, so that I can show her how it’s done. She is a good recruit; you can find her on Hero Dogs’ puppy pages. She sometimes mentions me, so we won’t be completely out of touch.
Until we meet again.