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THE NOURISH LETTER
Meet the Team Behind Your Meals JANUARY 2020
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Say Hello to Amigo! SLIGHTLY LESS EMPTY NEST
This month, I want to share a story about a wonderful dog named Amigo. He’s a black Lab who’s spent most of his life as a Seeing Eye dog. His handler, Eddie, has been blind since birth and Amigo has been able to bring Eddie a lot of independence. However, Amigo recently turned 10 years old, which meant it was time for him to retire. It can be difficult for guide dogs to retire. They’ve spent their entire lives working and following orders; they need to learn how to be a carefree dog again. Donna, a great gal who helps Eddie out, was asking around to find the right person to take Amigo in. One of my best friends, Jennifer Googins, works with Donna and heard about Amigo. She thought of Ali and me instantly, since our dog Shady was a lab dog at Purdue University before we took her in. Long story short, we adopted a new dog! I’ve been wanting to get a second dog since we first brought Shady home, specifically a boy dog. Shady is great, but Alison is her favorite person and I’d really like to not be the only guy at home anymore. Ali and I are busy with work, so we can’t dedicate time
to training a young puppy these days. That’s what makes an older dog like Amigo perfect for us. Jennifer came into the shop to tell me about him and I was instantly sold. A few days later, we brought it up to Ali and when she saw Amigo’s picture, she said, “I’ll take him!” The first step was a meet-and-greet. We brought Shady along to meet Amigo, Eddie and Donna. Everyone wanted to make sure Amigo was going to a good home. Donna and Eddie were happy to hear about how we helped Shady make the transition from being a lab dog to a regular dog. They hoped we could do the same for Amigo. While we were visiting, Shady immediately grabbed one of Amigo’s toys and they started following each other around. Things were off to a good start. A little while later, we had a 24-hour trial to see how Amigo would do at our house. It went great! On Saturday evening, we took him on a couple of nice, long walks by the riverfront.
Amigo had never been to a dog park
before, so at first, he
didn’t know what to do with himself.
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