Today is Vigo's graduation day. I wish more than anything that we could be there. Brianna and I spoke with his new partner on the phone for over an hour this past week. She is absolutely perfect for him! She is 72 and has been blind for over 50+ years. She has had two guide dogs in the past, in the 60's and 70's. Vigo was about to fail... he did not enjoy busy cities and traffic when his new partner appeared.
Her husband recently had a heart attack and is no longer able to guide her on her 3.5 mile morning walks. She lives in the country in Arkansas and the nearest store is about an hour away. Vigo is one of the gentlest, laziest and happiest dog I have ever meet. He will love guiding this beautiful lady on walks and on their monthly visit to walmart. She tells us that she has cats and a huge fenced back yard for him to roam in.
I was so amazingly touched by how close they have already become. She kept talking about how much they have bonded and how excited and happy she was to have him. I just know that he will have the most loved and wonderful life with her!
As we talked with her I couldn't help but remember my Grandma Johns. Vigo's partner immigrated from Germany in the early 1900's and talked and thought like my Grandma. At first I was a bit wired out but the longer the conversation lasted the more touched I was. After our conversation I cried for over an hour. Why you may ask... 1) because I was so elated that Vigo has such a wonderful partner 2) because I miss him so much 3) because I felt like I had just spoke with my Grandmother who had passed away several years ago and 4) because I have only gotten about 3 hours sleep a night for 3 nights in a row and was exhausted.
I am so happy for our boy Vigo and his partner. I wish them all the best in their lives together!!!
PS: If I get her permission I will post a picture of them together.