Friday, December 26, 2008

The gift returned...

Today, more gifts will be returned than on any other day of the year. The reasons are many; too small, too big, too many, too too. The return of a gift rarely evokes an emotional response. It's simply a transaction. But how does one accept the return of a gift that was crafted with love and time and effort. A gift that brought as much joy to the giver as it did to the receiver, yet still wasn't the right gift?

It is with sorrow that I share the news that Belle has earned a career change within Helping Paws. Her exceptional skills - due largely to her intelligence and playfulness - were outdone by her occasional willful independence. Willfulness is not necessarily a bad thing - but Belle's independent expression put her partner's safety at risk. That is a fatal error for a service dog. With much heartache felt by all, Belle was given a new role; Helping Paws Demonstration Dog. It's a role she has performed with aplomb during her training years and one in which all expect her to excel given her penchant for playing to the crowd.

It is with joy that I also share the news that I will be Belle's new partner in this venture. To answer the question posed earlier in the post, I accept this returned gift with humility, gratitude, and a profound admiration for the courage and love it must have taken for Jesse to return her to a life for which she is better suited. And I pray that Jesse's next partner will be a perfect match.

6 comments:

Sarah said...

I'm so sorry Belle didn't work out for Jesse and I am very pleased that she'll still be able to put all of her skills to good use!

Merry Christmas!

m.e. said...

that's gonna be one happy dog!!! this is a very interesting dilemma...what happens when a dog evolves beyond "perfection"??

happy hols to you and yours!!

Peggy said...

I am sorry that Belle and Jesse didn't have a perfect match.

I hope that you and your family are having a lovely Christmas.

XX

Cousin Peg

goooooood girl said...

i like your blog......

Logan said...

Bittersweet I'm sure. Though there was an unexpected change in the destination, we have so enjoyed reading about your and Belle's journey.

Service Dog Sawyer said...

While I'm sorry it didn't work out, I have to say Kudos to the trainers for figuring out that it wasn't working for either partner. It's a hard thing to do, but it sounds like the choice was the right one.

We'll be following your blog to see what happens next!