Friday, June 8, 2012

In Harness!

Just saw Vinson out the window of my office at The Seeing Eye and today was his first time working in an official Seeing Eye harness with his instructor! I'd caught glimpses of Vinson working just on leash the last two days - the first day he was wild on leash, pulling and lunging like he used to do on occasion. Yesterday he was energetic but somewhat more controlled. This morning in the harness, he looked very controlled and incredibly proud - chin up high, tail up and wagging. Incredible. A pretty special milestone.

Yes, it is somewhat difficult to watch Vinson working and not be able to interact with him, but I'm also finding it's very satisfying to see him progressing towards the goal. Would I like to run up to him and give him a hug? Of course, but the plan is in motion and he's doing great, and that's what matters most!

Keep checking back - I'll post updates as he progresses.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

More Great News

Vinson up to his usual antics
While I am not permitted to interact with Vinson during this time of transition for him, many staff here see the little fella quite frequently. One snapped this photo this afternoon, showing Vinson is 100% himself as training time nears. As he always liked to do with people and dogs alike, Vinson is trying to force some play using a Nylabone.

More big news: Vinson has been officially assigned to an instructor and Seeing Eye dog training will begin as early as tomorrow!!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

A Postcard from Vinson

Sarah and I received a postcard from Vinson yesterday, telling us he's having fun with his new friends in the kennel. The bigger news is that he successfully passed his medical examinations, including his X-rays (which is great, given his early puppy-hood leg break). Vinson will "be assigned to an instructor very soon".

Way to go, buddy!