This morning I took Phoenix a long walk over the park, around the reservoir and back via the woods and canal and here she is playing with a rope she found. Not a care in the world.
Ian and Karen from Nb Tacet came in for a coffee before they headed off as it will probably be the last time we will see them on this trip. Nice to have met you both and we hope that you enjoy the rest of your tour of the canals.
We decided that we had better take a picture of each of us with Phoenix before the dreaded time came for her to leave.
Our Guide Dog Supervisor, Mark arrived about 11.30 am and after a chat about Phoenix’s progress and general behaviour we all went for a quick lunch so that Mark could get Phoenix back to her trainer in Birmingham and she could be settled in with her boarders well before bedtime.
We returned to the boat and said our goodbyes, Mark put her in the back of his car which was parked by the side of the boat. June stayed in the boat and I rushed back and we both had a good cry as he drove off with her. Later he texted us to say that she had arrived safely and her trainer was taking her to the boarders at 3.00 pm.
We busied ourselves tidying the boat, shopping and chatting to our neighbours and later in the evening went to Morrisons to buy a big fat cake each to cheer ourselves up.
We would like to say a big thank you to everybody who has emailed, texted or blogged that they are thinking of us on this difficult day. Your support has been a great help and comfort.