Thank you for asking.
Kepler has been seeing a behaviorist for the last couple of months. They've learned a lot from that, and apparently he's doing really well. He never ended up liking the groomer's husband, but absolutely loved her co-workers (who are married) and their dogs, so he has been staying with them instead of with the lady I initially gave him to. We are actually going to go visit him next week. My oldest still cries occasionally about it, so I hope this will give her some more closure. I also hope it will be good for Kepler.
The biggest thing we learned from all of this is the value of having a well-trained and well-socialized dog. It's not just to make things go smoothly in your home. A poorly trained and socialized dog is a societal problem. So because of that, we've been focusing more on Luna's training with a long-term goal of getting her CGC.(ETA: Not that Luna was poorly trained before this. She was pretty reliable with what we'd taught her. This is just our way of committing to making dog training a priority.) I don't know how realistic that is, mostly because of the last requirement, leaving with a stranger. She's a velcro dog, and while she loves
all people, she does feel anxious when my husband and I are not around. But if we can get her to a point where she would pass except that one requirement, I am happy. That's something to be proud of. If I could give the exam at my house with treats and clicker, she would be there now.
Actually, I think she's pretty close outside the home with treats/clicker. It's phasing those out that's the problem right now.
We have also been talking with breeders about getting a puppy, which will hopefully happen soon. There are a few good breeders around here (looking at bichons and havanese) and it surprised me that just about all of them had very short waiting lists or puppies available right now. Quality breeders, too. I've had some good talks with a few, so that's exciting.