I have been interviewed today to see if I am suitable to be a foster carer for guide dogs. There are two local trainers for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and when they get new dogs to do the advanced training the dogs live with a foster carer and get taken out every day to be trained.
I have a colleague who does this, and as I miss having Saffy around it seemed like a good idea. The trainer collects the dog in the morning and brings it back late afternoon, so I would have the dog evenings and weekends. Plus they pay all the costs. You do only get them for a short period of time and you may only have a dog once or twice a year, but you are also doing a good job and helping in the training of a guide dog as well.
So I get to have a dog (part time) at no cost, and can pat myself on the back for helping others too!
Saffy gave me a good character reference, I'm glad to say.
It is quite exciting I think.