I got news from my Area Coordinator saying that the hip X-Rays are pending on both Cameron and Spunky. What this means is that Cameron and Spunky with both have to have a second opinion to see if their hips are good enough to pass them on to the next phase of training. If not, then they will be Career Changed due to hip displasia. Cameron is not the only one in his litter having this problem, all but one of his littermates are needing a second opinion. I know of one that has already been Career Changed. I got a response from a fellow puppy raiser telling me that two of the dogs have passed, I hope Cameron is one of them. She has raised his sister, Cheyanne, and is planning to adopt her if she is Career Changed. I really do want him to pass but, on the other hand, I know he will be right where he is supposed to be if he does not. It is really saddening to think about my dog being Career Changed, but I know he will make someone very happy. Oh well, I guess they can't all become guide dogs. :( I have to remember to put his best interest first.
On a brighter note, it is Christmas after all and I should be happy that I am spending time with my family and that Cameron is happy at the school. Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year!
This month has a couple of very special days in it (in my view anyway): December 23rd- Benjamin's (my first guide dog puppy that I raised) birthday (he is now 4), December 24th- Christmas Eve which means there is gift exchanging with my family, December 25th- Christmas Day and Jesse's (Hugh's blind owner) birthday. It has been good for me so far.
Merry Christmas to All!!!!
p.s.I will let you know more on Cameron as I find out. Have a safe and happy holiday!