On Wednesday we went out to Michigan to visit with Julie. This was a highly emotional trip for us. After a lot of soul-searching and getting advice from many, we decided that we need to fill the void in our lives with another Alta-Tollhaus puppy. This quote from Irene helped us with our decision:
“Each arrived in our lives and home ready to take us on an unrivaled adventure. They all did those shepherd things that have us addicted to this breed. However, each one also arrived with a special mission and tackling it head on. They knew they weren’t here to fill a hole in our hearts left by their amazing predecessors. They came to make a new place, new memories and to show us how to move on. They came to teach us that moving forward and loving again is the best way to honor those who came before”.
After arriving and meeting with Julie we were pleased and surprised that Tiffany, Andrea, Michelle and Lisa took time out of their day to be there to support us. We all got the chance to play with the A and B litters. After playing with the pups we went to lunch and were joined by Charlene. It is so nice to meet AT family members in person that we have only gotten to know on the blog. Just before leaving to go Gustavo’s to watch the training, Julie presented us with a memorial in Celebration of Ivan’s life. A large donation from many in the AT family was made to both the “Vested Interest in K-9’s, Inc”. for a gunshot/stab proof vest for a working K9 and the “Cape and Islands Police K-9 Relief Fund” all in Ivan’s memory. We were overwhelmed by the generosity.
Thank you all so much for your love, support and understanding during this most difficult time for us. A special thanks to Barb for all the work she did to provide this very special honor for Ivan.
Although we did not post this before, we also received this beautiful Japanese Maple tree from Alta-Tollhaus in memory of Ivan. It has been planted in a prominent spot in our front garden.
Lynda and Jack