This past weekend was a big one in our house. First of all, The Tim was able to get his first vaccine shot on Saturday morning, which was a big deal for all of us! Vaccine eligibility opens up today to everyone in the city 18 years older and above, but he got a notice at the end of last week from the Dept. of Public Health site that his turn had come up. So he made an appt for early on Saturday, and now in two weeks he'll get his second, and by the end of May we will both be safe for public consumption! (Well, vaccine-wise at least.)
Also, on Saturday, Hamlet and I walked over to Washington Square here in the city so that the woman who raised Hammy as a puppy could see him. Her name is Robin, and we have been friends on Facebook for a while, but had never met in person. She was going to be in the city for a tour of Independence Hall with a group of other puppy raisers (and puppies!), and wondered if we could meet during the lunch break, since it has been years since she has seen our boy.
As it turns out, Hammy's dad, Spike, was her dog. He sired A LOT of puppies for the Seeing Eye Foundation, and Robin has been a puppy raiser for a long time, and she happened to get Hamlet as her 7th puppy to raise for them. The way it works is that the puppies are given to preapproved raisers, who bring them up until they are about 18 months old; then they go the Seeing Eye headquarters in Morristown, NJ, to see if they can make the cut as service dogs before being matched with someone. Those who don't make the cut are returned and or adopted out as pets, so everyone has a happy ending.
Well, as we entered the park, I heard someone say "Hi Hammy," and he went NUTS with excitement! I really think he remembered her voice. He was so thrilled and so excited. We sat and talked and visited for almost the entire hour, Hamlet got treats (I'm sure the highlight for him!), and I got to hear lots of puppy stories and stories about Spike.
This is a photo that Robin took when we first sat down and Hamlet was with her.