It’s been such a long time coming, but this morning Steve and I got the call every puppy-raiser dreams of: informing us that our handsome boy, Adagio, has been “pre-matched” for service as a Skilled Companion.


Becky Hein, the puppy program manager for CCI’s Southwest regional office, told me Adagio has been paired with a 14-year-old girl from Orange County. If the next week goes well, we should meet her and her family at a special brunch up in Oceanside on Valentine’s Day morning. No dogs will attend the brunch, but once it’s over, we’ll be reunited with Adagio for a magical hour. Steve and I haven’t seen him since August 9, the day we turned him over to the crew up in Oceanside to begin his Advanced Training.

It’s always such a sad day for us. But Adagio seemed happy enough.

We’ve received several reports since then and were thrilled each time he passed another milestone. Now that he’s on the verge of graduating, it doesn’t seem real. Adagio was the 8th puppy we’ve raised for CCI, and only one of his predecessors (Brando) went on to a working career. (Adagio’s wonderful half-sister Beverly, whom we also raised, was released from the training program due to a medical problem.)

Other exciting news this morning was that Adagio’s littermate, Apple, also has been pre-matched and is tentatively slated to work with crime victims in Colorado.

Our first sight of Adagio and Apple when they arrived at Lindbergh Field back in January of 2018.

It’s been a long road. The next 9 days promises to be eventful (and a little nerve-racking).

21 thoughts on “Hallelujah!

  1. Adagio and Apple! Such great news! And both close to here. It will be so special to meet the girl Adagio will take care of. (Fingers crossed)


  2. So pleased ! Great news and congratulations. I still remember the day you brought Adagio up for us to meet her . She was under 2 months ! Anyone who gets him is one lucky person ! See you Friday ! Dians

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  3. Jeannette and Steve, That is very exciting news. You have a lot to be proud of with all your dogs. Meg

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  4. How exciting and congratulations to you both Jeanette. Guess I’ll see you at the Valentine breakfast because Brooklyn III has also matched as a successor facility dog with a lady from New Mexico! After taking 5 years away from puppy raising for CCI and having only my second puppy match back in 2004 it’s been a long time for me as well!!!🐾🥰♥️ Congrats! Vickie


    1. That is so awesome! Congratulations to you too! It will be such fun to see you Friday. We’ve all been part of the puppy-raising team for so long. It’s great to make it to the finish line together… at least occasionally!


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