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

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cricket's Many Duties ...


Today my grief group wrote on balloons and let them go ... this is such an amazing experience that is so unique to each person as far as the message they write on the balloon, who they are remembering or communicating this message to, and the feelings that need to be expressed. Cricket became the keeper of the balloons that hadn't been written on yet ...

I love how with Pantera and now Cricket, a guide dog, learns a handler's personality and routines - pretty quickly. Whether it is the last little things you do before you leave that signify to them -- we are going to be leaving soon -- or as Cricket tried to do today, turn into the Arctic Circle for the afternoon 'diet coke.' She did NOT want to walk past the entrance ... I tried to explain to her I was trying to cut back on this routine and limit my diet cokes (so I can sit through a full session!) but she was pretty convinced she knew what was best! The joys of a 3 year old guide with her new surge of confidence in her work.

2 comments:

OSU 98 said...

What a very special dog..When you figure out how to kick the DC habit, let me know. I have that problem.

2 labs 4 me said...

She's a keeper, that's for sure. I think she enjoys all the extra responsibilites that you give to her. She seems to always be up to the challenge.