Friday, July 27, 2012


Today was the big day! We had our public access test. The test was done at the mall and included a restaurant experience in the food court. We decided it would be easier to just send Rob and Mindy for the test and it also gave Aria and Evan a little down time. Rob said Mindy was great and made him look good. She passed with flying colors and we are an official service dog team.

After the test we went to 4 Paws for Ability to go over all the paperwork, medical history, etc. We also were given Mindy's tags and a new collar that Evan picked out from a huge bin. The afternoon ended in a graduation for all the dogs. We each received our service dog certificate and celebrated with cake and a gathering of our class, the 4 Paws trainers and staff and several puppy foster parents. It was great to have the chance to celebrate together and it felt so strange to say our goodbyes after spending so much time together. We have all come so far.

Jeremy told us the first year will be the hardest and that there will be bumps along the way. We will leave Ohio with everything we have learned...and Jeremy's cell phone number!

 We signed the Graduation Wall Hanging in permanent marker so we are official!

 Evan, Jeremy and Mindy after Graduation

 These are the two best big sisters ever! So glad they got to spend so much time together!


  1. Congratulations! Thanks so much for sharing your training expirence!

  2. Congratulations! Wishing all the best for Evan and Mindy!