Nitro’s trainer just left. We just had our aftercare visit. It went really well. She was very pleased with him. She said he looks good, she said he looks really healthy, and that I have been looking after him well. His ears are a problem, he has had a lot of ear issues. She told me to change his food, I am to change him from hills dog food to royal cannon. She said there is a special one for skin allergies, she told me to put him on that one to see if it makes any difference. She said hopefully his ear issues will subside a little if his food is changed. We didnt go on a walk today, I told her that I hadnt been working him a lot lately, due to his age, and him being easily stressed out. She said its normal for him to be stressed, he’s 8 now, so an older dog. His age is starting to show. The good news is he doesnt have to retire yet. She said I could continue to work him, minimally for now. She said they’d see me in a year and we’d talk about retiring him then. The age of retirement has gone up from 9 to 10 now. So I am happy that I dont have to retire him yet. I told her I wasnt bringing him to college, I told her my parents look after him on the days when I have to go. She said thats probably for the best. She said that if I want another dog, I’d have to learn some routes, as I dont have a lot of work for a dog to do right now, and when they interview people to see if they are eligible for a dog, you have to prove you have work for the dog to do, you have to know some routes, she said minimum work load for a dog is 3 times a week for a half hour a day, so over the next few months I will get in touch with a mobility instructor in the national council for the blind, and learn some routes using my cane, so that when the time comes which wont be for another few years yet, but when it does come I will be able to get another dog. I told her I was keeping Nitro, and when he retires I’d keep him and wouldnt get another dog until he passes. She seemed happy enough with my decision. So I am very happy with how things went with her today. I feel relieved to know Nitro doesnt have to retire yet. Thats a huge relief to me.