As I began getting ready for a conference today, I realize the date is October 30th. (The conference is amazing and I am learning so much. I think Cricket is a little bored, however.) This is Pantera's birthday (my first guide who died 1 1/2 years ago). I smile and the thoughts that came to my mind is -- Love ya pantera, you helped me soar to greater heights.
I had the privilege of being Pantera's puppy raiser's matron of honor and Pantera was dog of honor.
The picture above is the night before she died. I learned so much from Pantera. She worked until she no longer was passionate about her work and then she let me know at age 11 she was ready to retire and with dignity and class she turned over the ranks to my current guide. Cricket looked up to Pantera and felt of her love and support. Stepping in as guide two seems a little challenging but Pantera made it such a beautiful, smooth transition for us all. Love ya girl and thanks for so many amazing memories and giving me the confidence to Soar and not let this blindness thing hold me back.