I got KD from Nancy Wilson. Her kennel is outside of Abilene, TX.
Nancy walked me through the kennel and the puppies followed Nancy to the gate except for KD. KD stayed to check me out though the chain link, smelling my hand and my breath. I know that's a weird way to look for a companion, but selecting the pup the most interested in me seems to work.
KD's training is going well, she is not really interested in food or treats– which is the way all of the classes here are taught. So with mixed feelings, I'm offering treats for every thing positive. But, I think she was doing just fine with praise and petting.
My current service dog is a Manchester Terrier, not a typical choice either. April has given me seizure alerts with 15 to 30 minutes to spare since she was 18 weeks old. She trained very quickly and has been a wonderful companion, reliable and easy maintenance. Her only fault is barking, a lot.
Guide dogs for the blind have it easy, when they get their partner home, they are off duty. Seizure alert or response dogs work 24/7.
I'm hoping KD stays reserved around strangers and enjoys "going". That's the toughest part for SDs is walking everywhere in all weather. So far she has impressed everyone with her "maturity". She is patient, quiet and seems to study everything.
I have lots of reading to do here on the forum, will upload photos soon.
Thanks again for the warm welcome, I'm looking forward to learning more about all of you and your families.