Monday, May 9, 2016


What an incredible organization Canine Companions for Independence is!  CCI provides such amazing life changing service dogs like Toliver. And provides wonderful opportunities for people to help another person in need of that special friend by raising a puppy, like Austin is raising Martin, for CCI. 

Last weekend we traveled to Richmond for a CCI puppy workshop for Martin and where Toliver reunited with his fabulous puppy raiser Colleen.  

Forrest got to show his appreciation
for Colleen too!

We learned a lot working with the professional CCI trainers and by connecting with other puppy raisers. 

Back in Middleburg the next day we attended the Middleburg point-to-point races with some of our local CCI friends.  CCI provides puppy raisers and graduates with an incredibly supportive community of like-minded, caring, and compassionate dog lovers...

Who also enjoy cheering for the race horses!

On Mother's Day our good friend Marcia took us flyfishing on the north fork of the Thorton River.  When Marcia first put a fly rod in your hand, Forrest you were barely talking and still confined to your wheelchair. 

Yesterday you had plenty to say and you hiked right into the middle of the stream  with Marcia! 

Pops, the avid photographer, caught this great picture of Toliver, off duty and thoroughly enjoying his own R&R just being a regular Labrador! Not a care in the world, chasing sticks and running circles through the stream!

It was a Mother's Day prayer fulfilled, watching you fish in the stream, reveling in the sunshine, the rippling water, the fresh Spring air and your growing health. Precious moments. Life is so fragile, so uncertain. We give thanks for each precious moment. 

God bless,


1 comment:

  1. Happy Mother's Day to one of the very best!! And looking good fun to fly fish. And hooray for CCI dogs.