CruisinwithCricket & Georgie

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, recently retired, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). This blog is a place to celebrate the many ways we are Tethered with Resilience, Gratitude, Hope and Laughter.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Continuing to Learn from my Guides

The picture to the side of my blog of my guides is one of my favorites - It was the night before Pantera died (a little over a year ago.) Pantera was an amazing guide for 9 years (especially if there were no dogs around :>) and Cricket is such a great guide as well (especially if we can avoid textures :>). Guide Dogs for the Blind has done a wonderful job matching me to my dogs. At times I have wondered how I could be matched with two guides that were just what I needed - even though they have very different personalities. Pantera was my worker bee - she absolutely loved to work - she ran to the door to get out there and she thrived on working. As her puppy raiser would often tell me - she had a bounce in her step and such pride when she put on her puppy jacket. I saw that as a guide - very focused and driven. The same time Pantera was my guide - I was pushing through my master's program, a much longer commute, busy years as a mom and perhaps a 'worker bee' - focused and driven. She was just what I needed during that phase in my life.

Then, Cricket enters our life. She likes to cuddle while the harness is being put on her. She has tender feelings and needs a healthy balance in her life. She is happier when we are balanced with work and play and spending time with those she loves. She is stressed and not as an effective guide dog when she doesn't get her down time ... her time to run, play and get cuddles and even go to yoga. She is an easy traveller, enjoys variety and adaptable whether she is walking the busy streets of NYC or quiet in our area. She appreciates some kibble and praise to encourage her that she is doing good work (don't we all!) I realize once again it is a perfect match as I need the same thing at this point in my life ... a healthy balance with variety.


Cabana's Puppy Raiser said...

I loved that post. Yes, different dogs with different strengths for different times in your life. I had wondered what became of Pantera--I'm sure she lived a full and happy life, which is all any of us can hope for!

Becky said...

Pantera lived a great life as a guide for 9 years and then with us for another 1 1/2 until she died at age 11 plus. Among her great accomplishments was 'dog of honor' at her puppy raisers wedding!

3 labs 4 me said...

I love to read the differences in Pantera & Cricket. They're just like people. Each dog is special in their own way.

Lisa and Ellie said...

This is such an amazing post! I loved it! And it's so wonderful that you can appreciate the differences in each of your guides. So great you can love them each for who they are! Again, I loved this post! THANKS!

Becky said...

Correction ... Pantera lived until almost 13!

tress said...

What a beautiful dog you have! We are first time trainers and love the program 100%. Malina is an amazing 4 month old pup!