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

Friday, February 5, 2010

You Raise Me Up

A young client recently asked me ... so what would you do if you didn't have Cricket? We talked about feelings and that I would be very sad if something happened to Cricket. Then, we went on to happy feelings that I have for the special part she is in my life. It was a great segway to talk to her about who is special in her life. I explained to her all the ways that Cricket helps me out each day. She allows me to carry on with my day giving much less thought to this blindness. I know that I can go anywhere independently which transfers into confidence in every aspect of my life. Cricket knew we were talking about her and those dark brown eyes stared intently at us hoping there was a little kibble for the praise.
Both Pantera (my first guide dog) and Cricket (my guide for almost three years -- anniversary to come) have Raised Me Up. I don't know if Cricket understands why each time this song comes on that I give her a big hug sometimes with tears in my eyes. Take time to listen to those words and you'll see!

I am grateful every day for this gift of a guide dog that raises me up to make the climb. "Climbing even a short hill will bring us to a higher point." Rwandan Proverb. It started with that first freeing walk with Pantera 13 years ago and indeed gives me confidence, contentment, and freedom each day. Perhaps reading Ro's Journey as the countdown for her to receive her first guide has me thinking of the exciting journey. The switch from anticipating each step to walking independently and confidently is beautiful = joy and appreciation.

Happy Weekend!


Sewfast said...

What a nice tribute to Cricket and the Guide Dog lifestyle in general! I feel so blessed to work in such an uplifting environment to see the beginnings of these wonderful partnerships!

Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

So touching! I love hearing from guide dog users the difference these wonderful dogs make. Makes it all worth while -- thank you!

OSU 98 said...

Cricket, you are something. :) Something special that is. :)

Laurel said...

Nicely put! I love that song by the way :)

Erin said...

That was not a good post for someone in her third trimester to read! I'm an emotional wreck! :) Such a touching post Becky - it really brought tears to my eyes - and what a beautiful song. I know I'll think of Cricket every time I hear it now. The two of you are an amazing pair.

Becky said...

Thank you! Erin, so true ... it doesn't take much that last trimester (how exciting though), I agree.