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Saturday afternoon, we received the following message in the mail:
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you! Cody has successfully completed his training at the Seeing Eye. He has been placed with a man from Virgina. The man travels extensively for his job and he came to the Seeing Eye for his fourth dog. I did not have a chance to train them together but I was able to observe the team work and grow together. The man was thrilled with Cody and was impressed with his calm demeanor, no-nonsense attitude, and his strong work ethic. He was very thankful for the effort you put forth in raising him.
Cody was a great dog to train and I enjoyed the four months we spent together. From the moment I met Cody I knew there was something special about him. He always wanted to do the right thing and enjoyed putting the harness on to go to work. I remember the trips to NYC and how the city was no big deal for him. He loved Times Square and riding the subways. His laid back attitude and his cautious work ethic made him a great dog to train. I will always remember Cody and how he used to wait for me every morning in the kennel. I will miss him.
I would like to thank you for the time and effort you put forth in raising Cody. You did an excellent job. It is your continued help and steadfast dedication that continue to make the Seeing Eye such a successful organization. You have made a positive impact in someone’s life. Cody is taking his first steps of an incredible journey with his new partner in travel.
Leanne and I had the privilege of going up to the Seeing Eye in October to observe Cody’s town walk. This is kind of like a final exam for Cody. We couldn’t get close to Cody, but we were able to watch him from across the street and a distance behind him as he navigated the sidewalks of Morristown, NJ. When we spoke with Jim, Cody’s trainer, he commented on how much Cody likes to work. He essentially said that Cody was made for this. He relishes in his purpose. We could see this as we watched Cody from afar.
I know Cody is only a dog, but he provided great lessons for our family. We learned patience and endurance as a result of having him in our house for his first year of life. And we were reminded about the importance of pursuing our purpose for life.
My wife, Leanne, recently launched her life coaching business. Her primary focus is helping women discover their purpose and to help them take the next steps in pursuing their purpose. If you need helping discovering your purpose or you need some help discerning your next steps in pursuing this purpose, you should touch base with my wife. For more information about Leanne and life coaching, visit her site by clicking here.
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