And then the Guide Dog people came to inspect our house, and they decided that we weren't a good fit because our current dogs would not be good role models for a guide dog pup. They bark too much, and Aria was afraid of the two dogs they brought over. So, it turned out that we were out of the Guide Dog Puppy Raising business. . . . and Clara was crushed. She had worked so hard, and her heart was truly broken..
So I gave Clara a to-do list of conditions to be met, including putting together a chart of responsibilities for dog care and finding a rescue dog, even though she wanted a lab puppy.
And she met every one of the conditions. So, meet Luna, Clara's Christmas puppy - a 7 week old yellow lab. There's going to be a lot less sleep over the next few weeks, but I think we've made the right decision.