A week ago from last Sunday, my family and I drove down to Lackland Airforce Base to say goodbye to Llarson. When we arrived we saw several dogs that looked like Llarson and come to find out they were his sisters and brother. I even got to see the infamous, Llevin, who is 20 pounds heavier than the rest of the puppies in the litter. He looks like a giant black lab with brownish markings on his front paws. Hence his kennel nickname of "Turkey". *Just a quick note I believe four of his siblings were also recalled. I believe the four recalled includes Llarson, so three others recalled.
We returned the equipment (crate, collars, leash, toys, food, etc.) and got a quick look at two breeders who were due sometime last week. One was D'datri, a black lab, who I mentioned a few posts ago we saw at the puppywalker picnic. She was due last weekend (I believe) and I think she was expected to have five or so puppies.
Anyway, we finally got to see Llarson. He was his crazy usual self. The kennel staff was so accomodating, they gave us a large grassy run to let Llarson run around in and let us say our goodbyes. It was hard leaving him especially when he was trying to leave with us. I know that he will make me proud. He was officially sent to the training branch of the program last Wednesday, so I am sure by now he has started his official training in becoming an explosive detection dog.
As hard as it was letting him ago, I am adjusting much easier than I did with Ggoody. I think the reason is because I always had this feeling he would make it. His personality fits the job description perfectly and to be honest I don't think the program could ask for a better dog (from a slightly biased opinion, but hey, he's a great dog). When I got the call that he was recalled, it was as shock,but at the same time sort of already assumed.
Right now my parents want a break from puppy raising, although I would prefer to take on another one as soon as possible. So for the time being I am puppyless (except for Ggoody), so posts will be limited for awhile until I hear news about Llarson's training. I am hoping to foster some puppies for a local rescue group until the time is right for another bomb dog puppy. We'll see, but hopefully I will have another puppy to raise/foster in the near future.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
-Addie and Ggoody