Gracie goes home!
Yesterday, my little sis Gracie went home with her new mom (above).
I was able to meet with the woman while she was out with Gracie in one of the playpens, before she had made a decision. I talked to her about my time working with Gracie (brief though it was—just a couple weeks) and how we were aiming to refine her sweet, enthusiastic nature by teaching her things like how to drop toys rather than play keep away. I got the feeling the woman was really listening and it wasn’t putting her off at all that Gracie had a few things to brush up on still.
There was a hurdle to jump, though, but thanks to APA! management it became a nonissue. So, yesterday, Gracie went home with a new mom, ‘furever.’
Later, Mike (APA!’s fantastic behaviourist) came up to me and congratulated me, high-fived me, and even gave me a pat on the shoulder.
It’s still hard to describe the feeling I got when he did that. He made me realise (and believe) that I had actually played a real part in getting Gracie her new home.
This is the first time I’ve really felt I’ve had such a direct impact for a dog at APA!.
I almost broke into tears after Mike walked away and these thoughts flooded my head and my heart.
As I was leaving yesterday evening, I waved goodbye to one of the counsellors and she thanked me (as the APA! staff always does) for all my help that day. I told her, quite honestly, ‘I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it.’
And I love it, every minute of it. From the easily adoptable to the difficult cases, from the puppies to the seniors, from the chihuahuas to the Mastiffs. I love every moment I spend at APA!, whether I’m watching dogs play or cleaning up after them. And everything in between. And I love the people, the wonderful people who put everything into helping these animals find a better life.
Yesterday I realised just how hard it’s going to be to say goodbye in September, when I’m off to England to continue my studies. But until them, I’m going to put my all into helping as many dogs as I can, and I will continue to enjoy every second of it.