He came eleven days after he was released. At times during that week-and-a-half, it seemed way too long, but I am glad I had a little time. Don't get me wrong: I love Dante with all of my heart, and am truly, very, really, so happy to have him as my very own, but I needed that time.
Dante's career change did not come as a total surprise, but it is still hard news to digest. After twenty-three months of training, hoping, and striving, letting go of that dream for him was hard.
Maybe it was the fact that he was So. Close. to making it into the Hearing Dog program. Most likely, it would not have been any easier if it happened a month or two ago.
But one thing I have come to learn in the last eleven days: Dante is truly where he belongs.
It may not be where I originally envisioned him, but I have no doubt that his purpose in this world is just beginning.
More than that, I know I cannot keep all this Happy to myself.
But I sure am blessed to get to share in it.
(And since you made it through that long, sappy post: here's the video of the reunion.)