2011年 07月 26日 ( 1 )

レイちゃんは盲導犬の卵 Rae is a Future Guide Dog

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レイちゃんが来てこの方、予想通り、忙しくてブログが書けません(- -;)。書きたいことは山ほどあるのにぃ。「そういう時ほど書けないのよね〜。」と、ブログをなかなか更新しないのを心配して電話をくれたchiezoさんと話したところです。3ヶ月の赤ちゃんだったレイちゃんも既に6ヶ月、ずいぶん大きくなりました。

さてさて、レイちゃんが我が家に来るまでのいきさつ第二弾です。白いメッセンジャーのお告げはしっかりと受け止めました。「犬を飼おう!」決心はついたものの、果たして自分たちに10年以上も犬の面倒を見る覚悟があるのか、冷静に考えなければいけませんでした。私としては、四六時中ケアが必要な舞姫を抱えて、精神的にも物理的にも精一杯、これ以上の命にはとても責任が持てません。経済的にも自信がないし、途中で飼えなくなったからと、自分たちの都合で無責任に手放すのだけは絶対にしたくないのです。

そこで目をつけたのが、盲導犬になる子犬を育てる「パピィ・レイジング」というプログラム。期間が決まっているなら、全力投球でワンちゃんに集中できるというもの。そうなのです。既にご存知の方もいますが、レイちゃんは実は盲導犬になるべくして生まれてきたワンちゃんなのです。我が家のペットではありません。

でも最初はケーシーに反対されました。途中で手放すなんてドラゴンに酷すぎる、飼うなら家族の一員として最後まで飼うべきだと。でも、そういうケーシーがペットとして犬を飼うのを嫌がっていて、犬の話をすると不機嫌になってしまいます。「思いっきり矛盾してるよ(- -;)。だったら尚更パピィ・レイジングしかないじゃないの。」ワンちゃんを心待ちにしているドラゴンを裏切るわけにはいきません。

ドラゴンに話してみました。最初はピンと来なかったようですが、盲導犬を見たことがないので無理もありません。途中までしか一緒にいられないのは嫌だとも言いました。でも説明していくうちに、もし自分の身近な人が盲目になったら、、、と想像したようで、少し興味が出てきたみたいです。「じゃぁ、どんなものか一度見てみようか。」インターネットで見つけた盲導犬養成の組織「ガイド・ドッグ・フォー・ザ・ブラインド(GDB)」にメールしてみました。1月の終わりの話です。一方、レイちゃんはその2日前にGDBの犬舎で、産声を上げていました。もちろんそんなこと、私たちが知るはずもありません。。。(続く)
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Since Rae came to our house, as I expected, I hardly have time to update the blog. (- -;) There is so much that I want to write about. “The more to write about, the less time to write.” I just had such a conversation with chiezo-san. She called the other day, worried about my long silence. Rae, who was only three months old when she came, is now six months old. She has grown so much bigger.

Anyway, this is the second part of my story of how we came to have Rae. Firmly catching the message delivered by the white messenger, a decision was made, “We are going to have a dog!” On the other hand, we had to think level-headedly. If we were to make a commitment to take care of a dog during his whole 10 years-plus life. I was already so overloaded physically as well as mentally with princess who needs constant care. There was no capacity left in me to be responsible for another life. Financial responsibility was also another issue. Abandoning a dog irresponsibly just because it has become inconvenient for us is the last thing I would ever want to do.

So I turned my eyes to another option, “Puppy Raising,” which is to raise a guide dog puppy. I thought I could put all my effort into the puppy if I knew it would be temporary. Yes, as some of you already know, Rae is a puppy born to be a guide dog for the blind. Not our pet.

First, Casey strongly opposed the idea, saying it would be too cruel to Andrew. Knowing that we would have to return the puppy one day. He said if we were going to have a dog, we should take care of him as part of the family until the very end. However, he was the one who didn’t want to have a pet dog at all. Every time we brought up the subject, his face grew sour. “It doesn’t make sense at all (- -;). Puppy raising is the only choice we have, isn’t it?” I just could not disappoint dragon who was so looking forward to having a dog.

I talked to dragon about raising a guide dog puppy but at first he didn’t catch on. I would not blame him since he had never seen a guide dog before. He also said he didn’t like the idea of returning the puppy one day. However, as I explained, he began showing some interest. He imagined what if someone close to him becomes blind.... “It won’t do any harm just checking out what it is like, huh?” It was late January when I emailed an organization called, “Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB)” which I had already found on the internet. Meanwhile, Rae had given her first cry two days earlier in the kennel of the organization, which of course there was no way for us to know... (to be continued)
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by danceofdragon | 2011-07-26 11:43