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I am a male yellow Lab. My birth date is September 4th 2011. I am in training to be a guide dog for the blind. (guide dog school -Southeastern Guide Dogs) I'm my raiser's fifth guide dog puppy. She will keep me for (about) 1 year, then I will head off to harness training! Please feel free to follow my blog and keep up with: Brandon's Life... As a guide dog in training

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's Official

I had left a little hope that Toby may be able to make it into the Gifted Canine program, but evidently his allergies are to severe. I just wish they didn't draw it out in a whole 7 months - and now he's just getting adopted out.
Here's the email I received from my AC when we got back from the craft show -
"Hi *******,

We just got a message from SEGD that Toby's going to be put up for adoption…his allergies are too severe for him to be placed as a gifted canine. ******* said to tell you they'll find him a wonderful new home.

I know it's disappointing for you that Toby won't be a guide, but you did a great job raising him.

Thanks for all your hard work!


This isn't the email I like to see when I get home, I don't get why all my dogs like allergies so much, maybe it's just the Labs. I hope Toby will find a great home, and I'll be letting you guys know when I here anything on when/where he's placed.

What's really sad is - the day before I recvieved this news, I got an email from a raiser in our group who was down at the school dropping off their dog last week, and was allowed to walk an older dog. They just so happened to be given Toby - and even got a picture for me (posted below). Seeing this picture and hearing about him; made me think that he just may make it into the gifted canine program after all. Guess I wasn't right.
The raiser who took the picture for me also has a blog - feel free to stop by, the picture of Toby was also posted on their blog.
I know Toby will still be a great dog, he'll be a awesome pet for some family and we know they will love him.
Updates coming from Rudy later, enjoy the picture!

Rudy's Raiser
The human that has a dog with a blog

Picture of Toby standing, side view picture. He looks quite big (and strong!). The coloring in the picture looks very nice


Lola said...

I'm so sorry. You did work so hard. Of course he's going to be the best family dog in the world and he'll be very happy, too, but I know you're disappointed. I hope things work out differently for Rudy.

lotsa licks, Lola

Benny and Lily said...

Poor baby. We are sure your work will not go unnoticed
Benny & Lily

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

So very sorry that he didn't make it, and so sorry that you had to hear this via e-mail. At least YOU know what a wonderful dog he is and what a great treasure he will be for some family. Thanks for all you did for him.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Mr. Pip said...
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Mr. Pip said...

Poor Toby. I am sorry, but I am sure he will make some family very happy.

Your pal, Pip

Oskar said...

What dissapointing news. I'm so sorry, but what an amazing pet he will make for someone!

I'm having giveaways on the The Daily Oskar & Pet Blogs United if you want to stop by.

Nubbin wiggles,

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

WOW, so sorry to hear that. The family he'll be going to is one lucky family though. I know it's heartbreaking for you though. You did a great job raising him and he'll still get to touch a life in a unique way!

MySpecialDoggies said...

I'ms sorry it didn't work out for Toby. But allergies are a pain - just ask my golden Neeli. Hopefully he'll find a great forever home.

Nadine & Neeli
Angel doggie Apples (1994-2010)

Yoda_the_Dog said...

He will make someone a wonderful and loving family member!

beat said...

Hi monnu/baby pappy ...You did work so hard. Of course he's going to be the best family dog in the world and he'll be very happy, too, but I know you're disappointed. I hope things work out differently for Rudy. Do not worry baby...

Thanking you
Marc Bachelet

Mango said...

Oh, that breaks my heart. Toby has been working so hard. Some family will be so lucky to have him.


CD McLean said...

I think the adopted news is the worst news for us puppy raisers. But one of my friends who adopted a career change dog sent me the nicest letter when that happened to Bingo telling me how much her dog Millie had made a positive impact and difference in their lives. It may not be the impact we expected, but it is still important and positive. 8-) Good work.