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.
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.