Slán Abhaile Harry

Today I am very proud of my Mother.

As you probably already know my Mother took it on herself to “adopt” an adorable puppy to socialise him and help ready him for intensive training to one day becoming a guide dog for the blind!

Rewind one year and the adorable and tiny Harry was introduced into the Long fold at 6 weeks of age!

For the last year my Mother has had Harry by her side as he grew to strapping 7 stone (not fat!) beautiful golden labrador!

He has accompanied her everywhere in the last year from supermarkets to old folks homes. From shopping centres to public transport. He even enjoys an auld session in our local Kane’s and has been trained to order her tipple of choice, vodka and slimline tonic! 😉

She has persevered, while we taught him bad habits and let him into our beds in hopes he’d fail, with the training schedules, several walks a day and enormous poos! She has done so well that today, Harry, still shy of his first birthday, got to go back to Modelfarm Road to “Big Dogs School” where he will spend 18 months learning to be someone else’s eyes!

So tonight, spare a though for my heart-broken Mother who is lost at home not having to bring Harry “busy busy” before bedtime, not having to booby trap the kitchen from mischievous paws and not waking up to a big sloppy kiss from the loveable fool!

Mom, we are all so proud of you! Knew you’d do an amazing job! We are devastated too … but we’d be more devastated if ll your hard work had been in vain!

Well done Mom! Love you!

PS Can’t wait for the next puppy!


11 Responses to “Slán Abhaile Harry”

  1. 1 Jenny
    May 12, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Awh man im crying again!! Good job Mom!! xx

  2. May 12, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    A Chara Amy & Mrs Amy’s Mom,

    great post. great story. a little something in there for us all to take home I think.

    You should be extremely proud.
    Cant wait to hear the next story.

    beir bua

  3. 3 Jen
    May 12, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Oh my God, he’s so lovely. I’d never be able to do that in a million years. I’m heartbroken thinking about your mother now! That’s so brilliant though. I love Harry.

  4. May 12, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    He’s so cute and adorable!

  5. May 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Oh my, that really hit a spot, your mother is such a wonderful person, for her to be able to do something like that, raise a puppy for such a good cause. It must be so, so, hard for her, I have 3 rescue dogs one of them came from the garda, god love him he is v clumsy, but I love him to death. Your mum is a person few and far to be able to do what she does, she is truly an inpsiration.

  6. 8 Aileen Williams
    May 13, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Well done carol and girls I know u must be so sad tonight but u should be very proud. Lovely people lovely dog

  7. May 13, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Morto and crying at the same time ,he was such fun and this morning (1st without him ) my kitchen is a very lonely place..:( so a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do….I’m going shopping !!!! to get out of the house of course:). thanks for all your kind words , IF I do it again there will only be one Harry!!! I really do have a hole in my heart today where a big fool called Harry should be 😦

  8. 10 Jonathan
    May 13, 2010 at 9:37 am

    awww I felt so sorry for you all when I ready this but its a wonderful way to be able to contribute and help someone. One day harry will help make someone’s life so much easier and im sure he will be great company to them too.

    Well done Carole

  9. 11 Deirdre
    May 13, 2010 at 10:27 am

    that is so beautiful!!!!! cuddles xx

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