GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
(Above: Toby, Tammy, Asta and King Toffee)
Hello there to all our friends around the world.
Weddings, rugby, MAXDOG rollout, the hottest day in October....
there's never a dull moment in our household!
On Sunday afternoon it was time for a walk - a special walk:
ASTA's FAREWELL romp in the doggie park.
So we bundled all the dogs into the car - TOBY, TAMMY as well as THE KING - and headed up the road to join ASTA and her family.
(Above: LtoR: Asta, Tammy, Toby and Tosca -another guide-dog-in-training)
(Above: Lorraine's ASTA)
We have shared ASTA's journey for 16 months now. We've watched her grow from that small puppy, when Lorraine first brought her home to the beautiful young dog she is today. During this time TOBY and her have become best friends.
Unfortunately, yesterday was the day to say goodbye and for ASTA to return to the
SOUTH AFRICAN GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATION here in Johannesburg, South Africa.
(Above: Lorraine and Asta arrive at the Guide-Dogs Training Centre)
(Above: "Look who's there...its AERO, your sister!")
(Above: Asta gets settled into her kennel)
(Above: Lorraine says 'Good-bye')
In the next 6 months ASTA will be undergoing the serious training towards her specialised vocation.
If all goes well, by June next year, she will be opening the doors to someone's life.
What an amazing gift she will become...
But admittedly, it's also sad for us because now we have to bid farewell.
We will never forget that beautiful puppy who arrived on Lorraine's doorstep.
Nor will we forget Lorraine's selfless committment to helping make the world a better place.
What a privilege it has been to follow your journey.
Good luck ASTA. We are going to miss you...lots!
And good luck to Lorraine too - who will be getting a new guide-dog puppy in the next few weeks. We look forward to following his/her journey too.