On February 22, 2015, a woman took a 10 week old golden retriever mix puppy in. His name was Lombard and he came off the “Puppy Truck” where he was then meant to be trained to be a seeing eye dog. As a puppy raiser, this woman knew she would be spending a lot of time with him, teaching him basic commands, manners, and socialization so he could one day be a seeing eye dog.
From the first day they met at the “Puppy Truck” she started taking 1 second of video every day with the hopes that at the end of the 12-15 month period of training, she would be finishing the video when he went back to recall for formal training.
She took 1 second of video for 335 days until she realized being a seeing eye dog was not in the cards for Lombard. She said, as much as she wanted him to succeed, “He wanted something different. The high stress working environment was too much for Lombard’s soft personality. He become anxious which made him itch himself, chew on his tail/legs, and shake all the time. He also developed ball obsession where he would fixate on balls (even on the TV screen). This of course, did not help his anxiety. He was released from the guide dog in training program in January 2016 and I adopted him to be my pet. He spends his days chasing balls, destroying toys, getting dirty, and going hiking. I am working on certifying him to become a therapy dog in the near future!”
Wow, well it is clear he is where he belongs! Even if being a seeing eye dog wasn’t right for him, it is truly incredible to see the second of video his mom captured for nearly a year!
Continue to page 2 to see the amazing video and learn more about Lombard’s journey!
Watch the video below to see the full story!
Lombard’s new mom also says, “Lombard (Gumbo) was raised through Guide Dogs for the Blind. They have two guide dog campuses in San Rafael, CA and Boring, OR. GDB prepares highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. All of their services are provided free of charge; they receive no government funding.
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