Last week, I traveled with 2 friends to meet a third friend for lunch in Buena Vista,
a small town located in central Colorado on the Arkansas River.
The town is located at 8,000' above sea level, and is surrounded
by the Collegiate Peaks.
We had lunch and walked on a sunny, mild day with a few remaining scraps of snow on the ground.
The river was only partially covered with ice.
|Barb, Di, Sue, Helen and Kyjen, the Black Lab puppy|
We are normally a gang of 5, but Mary is currently in Wanaka, NZ, with her husband.
We connected with her on Face Time for a brief chat.
Sue (like the rest of the gang) is a retired teacher. She is a volunteer puppy trainer for
Canine Partners of the Rockies , which places dogs with Coloradans with disabilities.
Kyjen, a 6 month old Black Lab, was well-behaved in both the restaurant and on our walk.
Kyjen keeps her eyes on Sue to know what is expected.
If you see a service dog wearing a vest, don't try to pet or talk to the dog.
A dog with a vest is working and should not be distracted.
A service puppy in training stays in the puppy trainer's home for 18 months before moving to a professional handler who will further train her/him in the intricacies of being a service dog.
Not all dogs qualify for placement with a disabled person even after months of training.
Kyjen shows a lot of aptitude.
Hopefully, as she continues learning, she'll pass the test and become
a valuable companion for a person with disabilities.
However, on this day, the constant chatter of 4 girlfriends made her very tired!