Yesterday we got a bit of news on Waffle. Her official “Dog Drop Notice” came. Here is what it said:
DOG: 50B7 – Waffle F\LAB\Yellow – PRP\REL DOB:2/27/2011
RELEASED DATE: 7/24/2012
PLACEMENT: Pull for K9 Buddy evaluation.
SUMMARY: Waffle is a sensitive dog with a history of confidence issues. She has shown sensitivity to heights with some improvement seen with use of the food protocol. Her general demeanor on outings is subdued and although she has made progress in some areas, she continues to lack the confidence needed to enter formal guide training.
Waffle displays very good house manners and is a wonderful pet. She is snuggly and enjoys people of all ages. She may have potential as a K9 Buddy or other Community Placement.
RELEASE REASON(S): 21301 – BEH: Fearful Behavior Environment Generalized
LOCATION (if applicable):
I had no idea they were considering her for the K9 Buddy program. I’m so excited. This program places dogs with blind kids who are too young to have a guide dog. The kids get a chance to learn about taking care of and handling a dog so they are better prepared when it comes time to get a guide dog. Here are a couple of videos on K9 Buddies.
Nearly Blind Boy Gets Furry Friend
That is one of the things I love about GDB- dogs who do not make the cut for guides are looked at for other options where they still help people. Yahoo and GO Waffle !
I really love this about GDB too. They really do care about their dogs being happy and having a job even that of a pet is a big part of what makes dogs like labs happy. I still so excited that Waffle is being considered for this job.