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

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Yes I can

Yesterday we enjoyed a great day with our friends, Steve and Debi and their sweet dogs, Dakota, Desma, and Culver (pictures to follow). They are such incredible hosts and friends. Love them and when I think of reasons I am grateful for Guide Dogs for the Blind -- the blessing of this wonderful friendship is near the top!

As we were going into lunch, Panerra (yummy soup on a rainy day); I was outside with Cricket. An employee that was outside, asked me if that was a guide dog - yes, I said. He then said, oh our manager probably won't let you in our restaurant. I told him very nicely that yes he could and gave him a brief explanation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Thank you, ADA. The employee left with 'good luck - I don't think you'll be able to go in.' I smiled and said Yes I can. I entered and there was no problem. Just a situation of an employee that is learning and I realized I have learned so much in the past 12 years with a guide and grateful that I can assertively say, Yes I can (in so many ways)


Katrin said...

That's great that the manager didn't give you a problem. I've had issues before at some of the local Paneras. But it always got sorted out fairly simply.

Kauaiart said...

I really missed seeing you Becky, especially knowing you were so close. I just lost track of time! My art was chosen for a show on Friday night and out yoga studio had a Kirtan with Leraine fron SLC on Saturday night! Her partner was there too, who I think you know from your laughing yoga studio. This was all coming together, but moving too fast for me to communicate to you!
Oh, dear!
Glad your time in Portland was sublime.
LOve, Susan and Mirage

3 labs 4 me said...

We miss you already! We loved seeing you guys!

Becky said...

Katrin - yes, the experience was great and love their food. Ongoing education to those who don't know re: accessibility, right!
Susan - your weekend sounds beautiful! We will cross paths again. Soon, I hope. Much love to you and Mirage.
Steve & Debi - thank you, thank you for everything. We love you guys and miss you!