My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.
The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I think others can relate to some of the questions we get asked with a dog in public that we politely answer and then later smile. I had one of those today! Upon leaving a public restroom a man came up to me and asked me - are you blind? yes, I replied and then he asked but can you see something to which I replied, yes I have a small fuzzy peephole in the center (I think that helped him understand why I needed a guide dog) to which he then asked - how did your dog know to take you into the ladies restroom and not the men's restroom? I explained that I needed to know generally where I was going before I could direct her and also told him some of the commands she knew. He seemed a bit relieved and said - I know those dogs are amazing but I just couldn't figure out how she could know to take you to the right restroom! I laughed thinking that it took some courage to ask a lady how she found the women's restroom! I also smiled remembering the time that I had helped my fabulous friend, Schalee, find the restroom and we had entered the wrong one -- oops, the blind leading the blind. I am much more careful now to get really good directions prior to entering.