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

Thursday, September 9, 2010

All in a Guide Dog's Day, #8

It is rare, but at times, Cricket might miss stopping at a curb, an overhanging branch that I brush into, or something else. When this occurs, if possible, it is important that you 'rework' the situation so she understands the importance of it. For example, yesterday when Cricket and I were walking back to the office, there is a little curb area that Cricket took a little shortcut and crossed off the curb and walked onto the grass. She knew we were going back to the office. When she did this, that put me tripping on this curb. It was a little trip and we almost could keep on walking. However, if I just keep on walking, she begins to think it is okay. So we rework the area - I drop her harness and walk back a few feet so we can walk again to this stop and she can stop at the curb, I praise her: good girl and we proceed.
Side note: Love these animal print sandals. They are a lot of fun and SO comfortable.


Alphini's Puppy Raiser said...

Good post! There's probably a good life lesson in there too -- so good to rework our little mistakes and go on from there. :-)

Becky said...

Alphi PR - so true! It is a great analogy.