Raisers with Edwin and Vasity Both boys passed their IFT It was a very rewarding feeling. Varsity was put directly into training and Edwin was chosen for Breed Watch. I looked forward to the post cards and training reports from my boy. March of '04 In the mail I got a letter inviting me to GEB to see Varsity graduate as a full fledged guide dog. Sadly his match did not work out for personal reasons and he was returned to training. April '04 brought another letter of graduation. It was sorta disappointing as the weekend of April 24th while Varsity was graduating I would be far away in Atlanta, GA on my senior trip. It was nice to know that Edwin was also graduating with Varsity and that my mom and his raiser were going down to see them off. Varsity graduated with his partner and moved to St. John's Newfoundland Canada. It was a very cool moment when I heard that. Our family vacation in '00 was to St. John's to see my mom's side of the family! So I knew where he was going and where he would work. My family could also check on him when they went to the mall! It was hard to believe that the little puppy terror turned out to be an AWESOME guide dog!
UPDATE:Edwin was retired and returned to live with his raiser a year after graduation. Varsity is still working in St. John's. Last summer my grandmother went out to visit him and came back with gifts especially for me from his partner and lots of pictures ! Its hard to believe that on March 11th my boy will be 5 years old!
Varsity Graduation April 24, 2004