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06:04 pm: Gone to the dogs
I spent most of my free time this week getting Rei settled in. Part of that involved a bunch of shopping for pet supplies. One of the first batches included a bed and some toys for him. It took him a while to warm up to using the bed, but he seems to like it now.

I was getting concerned that other handlers whose dogs are retiring next year got sent a copy of the replacement class schedule, but I hadn't heard anything. After following up on the matter, I discovered that Benny's name had not been on the list for retirement. Apparently, when they made the list, they only checked canine ages through the end of the fiscal year (which ended on September 30), not the calendar year. Since Benny's birthday is in October, he was overlooked.

By the time I made it known that Benny was supposed to retire too, half the replacement classes were already filled. The only two left (as of Friday) will be in March and August. I put in a request for March, but there's a chance that before my request gets up the chain, that one will be filled as well. If that happens, I'll be stuck with the August class. I don't particularly want to go in August, not only because I'm sure the weather will be unbearably hot in Georgia then, but also because I was hoping to leave that month free for potential summer vacation plans. (Still, it's probably better than waiting until January 2017.)

At any rate, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for March. I should fiind out soon.

In other news, I spent some time out in the garden today. I harvested a bunch of winter squash and planted the snap peas. I also harvested a couple of Golden Midget watermelons. The nice thing about this variety is that it turns yellow when ripe, so it's easy to know when to pick the fruit. The flavor of the one I tasted isn't spectacular, though. I'm planning to save the seeds, in case it cross-pollinated with one of the other three varieties that I was growing; I don't really have the space to do in-depth watermelon breeding, but I might grow out a couple just to see what happens.

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From:mangaroo
Date:October 5th, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)
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Always with the mix-ups. I hope you'll be able to get into the March class. Does Benny retire as soon as a replacement is available? That is, will Benny retire in March if your class is in March?

Is Rei chewing the green thing in the picture or cuddling it?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 6th, 2015 02:17 am (UTC)
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Does Benny retire as soon as a replacement is available? That is, will Benny retire in March if your class is in March?

That is correct.

Is Rei chewing the green thing in the picture or cuddling it?

He's holding it while he licks his paw.
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From:megory
Date:October 6th, 2015 02:02 pm (UTC)
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Rei looks as though he's feeling right at home. I'm so glad he's adjusting well to his new home and family. We are looking forward to playing with him.

We're pretty jealous of your practically year round garden. We're weeding and putting things to bed now for the next six months or so in our garden.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 7th, 2015 02:25 am (UTC)
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We are looking forward to playing with him.

I am sure he will be thrilled to meet you!

We're pretty jealous of your practically year round garden.

Well, it also means year-round work. It's rewarding, though.
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