Service Dog Gabor was a handful in the beginning (and the middle and the end.) He was vocal, he was demanding, he was energetic. He was a whole lot for one family to handle. And I speak from experience, he was mine for the first ten weeks. However, each of those traits, those difficult-to-manage features has made for a very, very successful placement.
Gabor now resides with a Navy veteran. After handing him over, Gabor only wavered once. The day after placement Gabor expressed his excitement in seeing me at a local coffee shop and then nearly immediately settled in to work. No divided loyalty there, a surprising fact considering his fondness for me.
What defines success? On Day One, Gabor was excellent about keeping an eye on the man he now lives with. Up at 1? So was Gabor. 1:15? Yup, Gabor was up. 1:30? No problem at all. The best part? Gabor woke his handler at 6 to remind him to take his meds (oh, and to put food in the dog bowl as well....) Day Two, Gabor escorted us to get frozen fruit drinks at the local base. The key: in order to get the drinks, you have to tolerate the sounds of the bowling alley, sounds that eerily replicate what one might hear in battle. No problem for handler and dog. In fact, handler was beaming with excitement! He'd been wanting one of those fancy frozen drinks for years....but couldn't tolerate those bowling alley sounds. Day Three: to the vet to get a clean bill of health. And a hosted steak dinner at his new home, where Gabor promptly ignored me (good, good dog!) Day Four, off to the VA and the Exchange and good-byes.
We continue to hear from the man who received Gabor. Gabor's energy level, consistency, manners and nature have made a for a near perfect placement!
Job well done! And a HUGE, HUGE thanks to each of you who contributed to this success.