Our friend Ryan finally got to retire.
Ryan, a yellow Labrador, is — or was — a guide dog. He was all set to retire in March. He had his retirement planned and new toys lined up. He thoroughly enjoyed his last work trip, a visit to friends in Florida, and he looked forward to hanging up his harness.
Then COVID-19 hit.
Ryan wasn’t the only essential canine worker who had to do overtime due to the pandemic. Hundreds, maybe thousands more, had the opposite problem: Their start dates for their new jobs were delayed indefinitely.
But things are slowly starting to reopen, and Ryan was finally able to retire in early June. He even got to help train his successor. Since Ryan’s human wasn’t able to attend training camp in New York, the new dog and a human trainer came to Ryan’s house. The human trainer showed the new guy the ropes in the mornings, while in the afternoons, Ryan let the youngster know how things were going to work around the house.
Finally, just in time for summer, Ryan is retired. He’s looking forward to some well-earned rest and relaxation.
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The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears. Minoass proverb
We had the honor of fostering a retired guide dog. He was a very noble guy.
“Noble” is a good descriptor for Ryan, too. Also “sweet.” 🙂
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