|Aimee’s thank you note to us.|
We learned something about Brando’s new family from this article in the Chicago Sun-Times:
They sound pretty special. We’ll meet them Friday.
We got another call from Stu at CCI this morning, informing us that Brando’s “pre-match” with Yuriy and Aimee has been confirmed. He is definitely set to graduate Friday.
Seasoned CCI puppyraisers do talk about at least one dog who made it all the way to the day of graduation, only to bolt at a cat — and be summarily released. But I can’t imagine Brando doing something like that.
I also cannot wait to see him again after the brunch Friday morning that will introduce us to his new owners. Once it’s over, we’ll get to spend about 20 final minutes playing with him and once again stroking his velvety, velvety fur. And taking pictures that will assuredly be posted here.
We got the call this morning that we’ve never gotten before. It was Stu Wahrenbrock, letting us know that Brando has been “pre-matched” to Yuri Zmysly, a 27-year-old young man from Illinois. Yuri, Brando, and Yuri’s wife Aimee will spend a lot of time together in the next few days. In fact, kennel life for Brando ends today. He’ll spend tonight in Yuri and Aimee’s room. If they click well over the next few days, Stu will let us know next Tuesday. Then it’s graduation here we all come (barring some catastrophic bad behavior on Brando’s part.)
Stu didn’t know any details about the injury that disabled Yuri, but the fact that his dog would be classed as a skilled companion (rather than a service dog) suggests that it was severe enough to rob Yuri of the physical and/or manual dexterity necessary to control a dog. (Aimee will help him with that.) We’ll learn much more next week, assuming all goes well, when the puppy raisers meet the folks who’ll be receiving their dogs at a brunch (on the morning of Friday, August 12.)
In the meantime, I’ve put together a “baby book” to share with Yuri and Aimee some of Brando’s journey on the way to them. To check it out, click here. (If you click on the square with the arrows in the lower right-hand corner, you can view it full-screen and advance by clicking on the arrow to the right of the main image.)