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 4, 2009

In Training

After 13 years working with a guide dog, I am still amazed each day by my guide's abilities and the training that it takes from puppy to becoming a guide. This link answers some of the questions that were raised in the earlier giveaway.
Two and a half years ago with Cricket as a retrain I spent two weeks at the Oregon Campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind. I enjoyed this experience and the time went by so fast.

With my first guide, Pantera, I was at the Oregon Campus for 4 weeks. I loved when we worked in the city and each new journey helped me gain confidence for our return home to our life.

Prior to having a guide dog, I had very little experience with dogs except for our little pug, Missy. I have tried to obey all the rules that are in place for an effective guide dog team which includes no food except for their kibble and treat rewards.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been volunteering for guide dogs for many years & when I see these dogs work, I still get tears in my eyes. It is amazing what they can do. Seeing you & Cricket working as a team is magical!!
Looking forward to seeing you soon. Debi