Time is flying and it feels as though we just shared our first post opening up about our decision to move forward with getting a service dog candidate for Patrick!
Zim is now nearly 10 weeks and as of this past week he has already begun advanced puppy training! He also recently got his booster vaccines, which means he’ll be able to go out in public for training in less than a week. Such an exciting (and important) step!
He’ll be in advanced training for a few more weeks before we make our trip bring him home. We’ll be flying down to Florida at the beginning of August and then, due to his size, turning around and driving back up the east coast (a road trip we’ve done before!), so that should be quite the whirlwind adventure. Don’t worry, we’ll be documenting the trip and sharing it with you here as well as on Instagram!
It’s crazy to think we first decided to pursue this path nearly a year ago and that the time has almost come for him to arrive–it’s a bit surreal! Once Zim is here our family dynamic will change, not just because we’ll be adding a furry family member, but because we’ll be adding his training to our family schedule. We’ll have to make sure we not only get him to his classes, but that he gets plenty of socialization, time out in public, training practice time at home, etc. It’s going to be a big change, but definitely one we’ve been preparing ourselves for as much as one can prepare.
I think Patrick and I are both feeling an equal mix of excitement and anxiety, while the boys are filled with pure joy–who doesn’t love adorable puppies? We’ve never done this before (this being raising a service dog candidate) and everything is new, which has left us with so many questions we simply won’t have answers to until we’re in the midst of it despite all of our research . It’s hard to explain the amount of hope we’ve put into this choice. For so many reasons we’re going to give this our all and do everything we can to make this successful for Zim and for Patrick.
While Zim spends the next few weeks learning and growing, we’ll be finishing up the last bits of prep we need to take care of. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a puppy in the house, so there’s been plenty to do! It’s like having a new baby in the house in some ways. 😉
We want to take this time to thank you guys for supporting us throughout this journey so far. Your words of encouragement have meant so much to us! We know we’re making the right choice for our family, but it’s been really helpful to have your support. It’s also been amazing to hear from other individuals and families that either have service dogs or are considering getting one!
If you’d like to read past posts talking about this process, check out our Service Dog series.
Thank you again and we look forward to continuing to share our service dog journey, answer questions and connect with other families considering service dogs to assist family members.