Tears almost started to stream down my face as I watched them load Spirit back up in the transport truck. I did notion that she was waging her tail now that her old kennel mate sister had been reunited to her. Her initial test to be a service dog passed with flying colors. They are the standard obedience commands, sit, come, stay, down, up, etc, etc. As a trained upland bird dog she was well heeled in her younger days with “obey.”
The next there observation days were a night mare. A service dog must be not only show obedience but show enthusiasm and start to bond with the patient. When Spirit was not on verbal command she lay in her crate for up to 15 hours, she would not eat for three days, and she wanted nothing to do with me (the patient) …..
The light that seemed to shine was my wife Rhonda. She did react to her and would show some connection when Rhonda got near her crate.
On the advisement of pro trainers a dog that does not “engage,” should be taken from the home and another candidate chosen. As hard as it sounds it’s a waste of time and money to work with a dog that won’t work.
When I returned her the comment was made that I should seek a young lab or retriever. So be it; back on my knees in prayer.
How many times does the Holy Spirit led us in one direction and we fight back? I hope I’m in the will and plan of God on this one.
Good bye Spirit you will be missed.