I've done a few posts in the past referring to my desire to volunteer for a worthy charity that trains dogs. I am in early (unplanned) retirement myself and although I have several friends that visit me regularly, I do still get very lonely at times. I have researched adopting a dog from a local shelter, but I really cannot afford the $200-300 or more adoption fee they request to be paid for desexing , microchipping, etc. I would also be responsible for future vet bills, which could possibly be thousands....anyway....
I have now had two home inspections and two home interviews for the charity I wish to help out. It turns out that my medical issues and financial issues do not make me unsuitable after all.
What I do have going for me is a lifelong love of dogs, a yard with secure fences and gates, and plenty of time at home. In fact, the second interviewer said "you are perfect".
I have NEVER thought of myself as perfect LOL, but this could be a nice situation for me. I would have a companion, maybe for a weekend, maybe for a few months, and all expenses are already paid. I just need to provide a safe and loving home while the dog is in training.
I have had to sign confidentiality statements since my last posts, and I am fine with that. It is still ok for me to blog in more general terms though. I have an appointment for my "people" training this coming Friday morning and after that, who knows? I don't know yet if I need more training after that. These dogs cost $30,000 EACH from birth to completing their training at the age of two, so it is important for their human contact to be consistent. When I go to my human training, I will learn some verbal commands, the rules for feeding and treats, about sleeping arrangements, etc.
My second interviewer said she will keep me busy. I don't know yet how soon I will get a dog after my training session but will keep you posted.
I think being able to help out in this way will be just awesome for me. The only downside is that I cannot get too attached to any one dog, but I think if there is a regular supply, I just might be ok! xx debbie