Saturday, May 12, 2012

Can My Life Get Any Better? No, Really?

You might imagine that I was pretty disappointed when I heard that various factors were going to keep TBG and SWMBO from being able to attend my graduation. I mean, I know they were upset about it too, but I'm the one who's earned the blue cape and I really wanted to share that with them.

Well, I guess TBG and SWMBO talked to CCI and the powers-that-be said that if they wanted, they could come the Saturday before graduation and CCI would arrange a few minutes with me and an introduction to my new handler. I guess TBG and SWMBO really love me and wanted to see me and check out my peeps because TBG boarded a plane on Friday and headed out here. Sadly, SWMBO was unable to come because of another work commitment (I never understood that as a young pup, but now that I'm a working dog, I get that you just can't shirk your responsibilities to others).

TBG made one stop before coming to see me, though. He went and had breakfast at Elijah's place and got to meet Hobart! You'll remember Elijah--he raised Dembre, who was one of my kennel-mates for a time, and is now working as a successful service dog too!

SO! I got to see TBG today! Not only that, but TBG brought with him my favoritest toy of all times--the infamous red ball! This favorite toy tradition was started by Jeb's puppy raiser. Only, I guess Jeb loved a honking possum (some people might call it a hedgehog, but don't say that around SWMBO. It's a possum in her mind. You know how she can be...anywho!)

Not only THAT, but I was able to introduce TBG to my forever people! And, not only THAT, but my forever people invited TBG to their home to spend time with them and me. Goodness sakes, humans can talk, you know it? We give a bark or two and we're worn out, but these three kept on for about 3.5 HOURS! Ah, I admit, it was fun, actually, to hear TBG tell all of those Jeb stories AGAIN, and to chuckle at some of my, ah, challenges as a young pup. I also really liked learning stuff about my forever people, and why they wanted me and how they see me helping around my new home and workplace. I also really liked showing off all of my advanced commands with my forever person, working as a team. I could tell TBG was impressed!

 I've got some pictures below, but just in case you were wondering...YES, TBG and SWMBO have several people lined up to take pictures at graduation. They'll get posted here too. And in case you were wondering...YES, TBG and SWMBO have a very special person lined up to turn my leash over to my forever people during the graduation ceremony. NO, I'm not going to tell you now! You'll just have to wait and see!

Elijah, TBG, and Hobart

I am at the Center, sporting a BLUE CAPE!

Me and My TBG

I am at my new digs with my forever peeps and TBG (note the red ball!)

TBG and my forever person

Me and my forever peeps!


  1. So many happy tears!!!! Have so missed seeing that face. You're one handsome dude Ansel! So proud of you and can't wait to hear all about your graduation. And tell your forever people how nice they are to allow your first family to come visit again so SWMBOd can get to meet them too! What a treat! Way to make them proud! You're a rock star Ansel. Way to go!

  2. Mercy me! Ansel, your thoughts and photos choked me up! What a lucky boy you are and how happy your new forever people must be. I know how proud TBG and SWMBO are! Looking forward to seeing you next week. Aunt Linda

  3. Wow! Ansel, your blog was great and I look forward to seeing those graduation pictures. SWMBO was a star, too, this weekend, but sorry she had to miss your big day! Congratulations of all kinds for the first family ********

  4. Congrats again! Great photos.... I'm so proud of that puppy! It's really amazing to see what has happened to all our pups :D Great catchin' up with you!

    Congratulations to you Ansel! You're life will be amazing!

    your friend!
    ~Elijah (& Hobart II)

  5. No words.....just heart-felt tears. To see you with your forever peeps is beyond description. You are loved, dear Ansel, and you will live a fulfilling life. All blessings to you and all who raised you up and who will receive your service.

  6. Ansel, you were just awesome at graduation! I'm sorry that I couldn't meet TBG on Friday, but so glad to see you with your new partner. Another perfect match by CCI. Congrats!


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