National Service Dogs posted pictures of the fall graduating class on their Facebook page. One of those dogs will be coming home with us in September, so we're pretty excited about it. We know there are 6 families participating in the fall training and since there are 8 dogs in the class, I'm guessing that 2 of them are PTSD dogs.
We've decided not to show Alex the pictures in advance. We don't want him to get fixated on one of the dogs and then have a problem if that isn't the one assigned to us.
With 6 black Labs and 2 chocolate ones, it looks like the odds are in our favour to get another black lab, like Icon. I'm not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, they're all adorable, but on the other, is it going to be hard to see the dog as themselves instead of as not-Icon? I guess we'll find out.
And now it's time for my not-so-subtle, shameless promotion side: if you'd like to donate to National Service Dogs you can do so here. They don't get any government funding and rely entirely on donations to cover the $ 30 000 cost of raising and training each dog. The families don't have to pay (although we are encouraged to fundraise, which is why I'm sharing this with you). These are some really hard-working people who care a lot about the families that they help and the dogs that they raise. So please spread the word so they can get the support that they deserve.