During the first month that SEGD puppies are back in for training, the dogs do not get any training. They are in an adjustment period where they get aclimated to kennel life without the added stress of training. They get a complete medical checkup, including xrays. We received word today that Joey passed his hips and elbows evaluation, so he has reached another level in his journey to becoming a guide dog. But, he is also still a breeder candidate. If you have been following this blog, you know how we feel about that. We would be very proud of Joey for being special enough to be selected for breeding, but we would rather see him fixed and become the great guide we know he can be. Cindy and I avoided talking about what we would do if Joey was selected as a breeder, because we just don't want that to happen. Since the time is drawing nearer that we would be hearing something, we finally sat down and discussed it. It was a very short discussion. If Joey is not going to be a guide dog, then yes, we do want him back in our home. A lot of SEGD puppy raisers live too far away from the school to be breeder hosts, so we need to take advantage of our proximity to the school and have Joey come home to us.
We have been keeping a close eye on the Blue Coat Journal blog hoping to catch a picture of Joey, but we haven't been able to positively identify him in any of the pictures yet. I could spot his blonde brother, Deni, very easily. But, all the black dogs jumping and playing together look too much alike. The pictures show bunches of dogs having fun playing together, so even if we can't single out Joey, we know he is having fun.