I waited two days. I called Meghan, the awesome director at Shelby, to inquire about “that black lab mix… the one without the brown on her legs.” Meghan told me she was available. I said okay and to call me if she became urgent. I waited another week. I then proceeded to send two separate families to the shelter to adopt this exceptional black lab mix. Both returned without her. She was on my mind everyday. There was just something about her. The “it” factor. The thing I knew I needed for this special project that had been lurking in my mental files of “one day soon…”
On 9/10 I texted Meghan again, asking if Remy was still there. She was. I said I would come and get her that evening, but I got caught up at work. Finally, at 1:30pm on 9/11, I walked into Shelby Humane Society for Remy. Meghan brought her out and she crawled right into my lap. I knew it was right. She had picked me that day in the field, and today, I picked her… And gave her a new name.
Rasa will be in training at Roverchase for the next 8-12 months. During this time she will learn all the skills she needs to be a capable companion and service dog to a person with a wide range of disabilities. We will be working very closely with our friend and colleague Jennifer Arnold of Canine Assistance in Atlanta. We are humbled and deeply grateful for her support, as she is the leading expert in the field of service animals and a brilliant mind and generous mentor. Our hope is that at the end of Rasa’s training we will have 2-3 human candidates approved for our program, we will then facilitate a bond-based match with Rasa out of our available candidates. As this first “test dog” is successful, we hope to grow and be able to provide several service dogs to approved disabled candidates each year.