Saturday, November 6, 2010

Guess whose Birthday......

Pompei turned 1 years old today! Birthday's with guide dog puppies are always bittersweet. We're happy to celebrate one year of life with our crazy puppies, but sad knowing that our time with them is quickly drawing to a close. Pompei is attempting to make sure I'm not too sorry to see him go, as a teenager, he's testing all his boundaries but we're working on keeping him "walking the straight and narrow." 


However, we are very eager to see what he'll do once back at the school! I know someone will ask, so let me go ahead and alay your fears. Yes it will be hard to let him go, but remember he was never "mine" in the first place, and as we're going through our year together, we're doing a LOT of training and preparation of the dogs for this next stage. So the thought of keeping them after all.that.work is disappointing. Believe me, finding out your dog has been, as we call it, career changed (taken out of the program) is a little short of devastating...especially if you had high hopes for his future. 


That and, we're typically getting a new puppy after the old one goes, which keeps us very.very. busy. Unfortunately this will be the first time, in four years, that I won't be getting another puppy as my old puppy goes back. Some different situations happened  and for now I'm going to wait for Midnight to have puppies, which will be sometime in the spring..if she's pregnant...something we won't know for a little while yet.. So Pompei's turn in will be much harder than my past puppies to be sure. 


However, I know my decision was the right one when I stepped outside this morning. O.M.G it was COLD. 


Back to Pompei, he got a Deer Antler and a Bone for his birthday, the former of which, Texas promptly stole. Than when he saw Pompei get the bone, he proceeded to stalk him around the house whining. 


Aaah Sibling Rivarly.


Whatever will he do without his Big Little Brother? 


Happy Birthday Pompei!!!!!


Erin and company

16 comments:

Minna Krebs said...

Happy Birthday Pompei!!!!

MinnaK

Frankie Furter said...

HAPPY BIRFDAY POMPEI... I know you will do grrrreat at your school work.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Happy Happy Birthday Pomper. Having Deer Antler was a great way to celebrate. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

A MilShelb Mom said...

Happy Birthday!
~Milly and Shelby

Wyatt said...

Happy Birthday Pompei!
You are a bright dog with a bright future!!

Wyatt and Stanzie

brooke said...

happy birthday pompei!!

houndstooth said...

We wish Pompeii the Happiest of Birthdays!

Mom remembers you posting on Twitter about the German Shepherd puppies, but we didn't know you weren't getting one. They're a whole lot different from Retrievers! We are sorry about the delay in you getting a new puppy, but maybe this will give you a chance to enjoy a little down time with Texas and Bubbles over the holidays. We do hope everything works out for the best of you and for Pompeii!

Bunny

Kari in WeHo said...

Happy Birthday!

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

Maddie and Jorinda said...

Happy Birthday!!

Chelsea and Wilson said...

Happy birthday Pompei!!

The Thundering Herd said...

Happy Birthday, Pompeii!

the booker man said...

happy happy belated birthday to pompei!!! :)

*woof*
the booker man

Priscilla said...

Always love to read about Pompeii's progress! You're so sweet and gave Pompeii a beautiful birthday memory!

Happy Birthday, Pompeii!!!

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Ruby's Raiser said...

Happy Belated B'day Pompei! Your words ring so true -- today was Ruby's turn-in and there were tears, but also so much excitement and positive thoughts for her future. We wish the very best for Pomp and Ruby and all of the service puppies on their journey. :)

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!