Monday, January 30, 2012

A Glimpse of the Future: Somebody is Maturing!

With the passing of Vinson's 11-month birthday and recent positive signs of maturity, the end or our role in his career is coming closer into view. It's hard to believe that he may return to The Seeing Eye for training in just two or three months!

Over the weekend my wife and I noticed a few negative behaviors have quietly disappeared, like trying to pick up sticks on walks. In addition, certain good behaviors have increased dramatically, including his recall and following commands from other handlers.

We are super proud of Vinson's progress. Just a few weeks ago I didn't feel confident that he would be able to settle and focus enough to be trained. That balance is quickly shifting as he matures. Of course there are no guarantees, but Sarah and I are proceeding with one bittersweet goal in mind; and we'll be sure to enjoy every remaining moment...

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