Welcome to Raising a Super Dog. If you’re just getting to know us, here’s the background to each of the four-leggers.
Our Miss Holly is the starlet of the dog blog. She is a Canine Companions for Independence puppy being raised to be an assistance dog. We received her in May 2014 as an eight week old cotton ball with puppy teeth. Her matriculation into CCI’s Advanced Training Program is in November, 2015, but we don’t speak of that yet. Holly is one of the puppies from the Eukanuba sponsored Hero Litter.
Micron was formerly a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. He was released from the program during Advanced Training and as his puppy raisers we were blessed to adopt him as our pet. Mike is seventy five percent Golden retriever and twenty five percent Labrador retriever. Or as we say, three quarters golden and one quarter work ethic. But he is a joy to have in our lives. Micron and Donna are certified in Pet Therapy for Hospice of Dayton.
What breed is Jager? I’d send off for one of those breed DNA tests, but fear it will come back as inconclusive. Or worse, that he’s part raccoon or something. Good grief we love this guy, though. Jager is a rescue we adopted a few years ago. By our best estimates, the fella is about eleven years old now.
They say you can determine the confidence of a cat by whether he prefers to be up high or roaming on the ground level. Bodine the Benevolent Ruler of Sword House indeed struts his stuff among his subjects. The dark side of confidence, however, is jerkitude. Bodine has this in spades. But he stands up to every CCI puppy that comes through our home, so there’s that.
Other puppies we’ve raised for Canine Companions for Independence are Euka II (now a Skilled Companion Dog), Yaxley (released from CCI and is now living the life of a beloved pet with a young family), and Inga IV (a Skilled Companion Dog). Each one a different personality and each has made us ridiculously proud.
And me, of course. Hi, I’m Donna and I’m a dogaholic, always four paws away from animal hoarder claims. And forever insistent on testing that fine balance of how many dogs can I have in this house and still be married.
It’s three, by the way. The answer is three.