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, February 24, 2011

Happy Anniversary, Cricket

I think of you and remember you excitedly running down the hallway with the trainer four years ago the first time we met. Your enthusiasm filled the room and made it so easy to fall in love with you. It had been six months since my first guide dog, Pantera, had retired after working for nine years. I was eager to bond and again walk with the assistance of a guide dog. You didn't care that you had 'big paws' to fill as the second guide dog. You just had your 'own kind of paws' that are incredible. In a world where you can be anything, be yourself!  I love you Cricket.  I love your cute personality - your sweet snuggles and enthusiasm for life, your love and devotion to my safety, and even your sigh and sometimes a pout when dinner arrives a little late. I love your roles as not only my eyes but also your off-duty role as greeter at the office. You just know when someone needs a little love.

The picture below is with two of my classmates and their guides. Happy Anniversary to them as well. In training, we not only bond with our new dog but trainers and classmates. 
Words are inadequate to express my gratitude to you Cricket. I hope we have many more years of you by my side.

12 comments:

Retired Duo said...

Happy anniversary to you and Cricket.

L^2 said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!

jennohara said...

Sweet post. Happy Anniversary to both of you!

Shelly :) said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Cricket! :) I am not sure I have commented before but I know we have mutual blogs in common. I love reading about your adventures with Cricket!

MAXMOM IN SA said...

Yes, Happy Anniversary to you and Cricket. I wish you many, many more happy years together. What a lovely tribute.
Sending lotsaluv
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Elisse said...

Awww! Happy anniversary to you & Cricket!

Fran said...

Everyone should be so blessed as to have a friend like Cricket. You deserve all the love in your life!

3 labs 4 me said...

Happy Anniversary. I was going through old photo books this morning & came across photos of your graduation with Cricket. It didn't occur to me that this was your anniversary. Looking at the photos brought a huge smile to my face as I was remembering your graduation. Wishing you many more happy years together. xoxo

Erin said...

Love this Becky! Hope the two of you have a fabulous time celebrating. :)

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Happy anniversary, Becky and Cricket. What sweet memories. I know the gratitude goes both ways.

Amanda said...

Thank you so much for your blog! I love reading all about you and Cricket. It helps put my puppy raising work in perspective. :) I just nominated you for an award to say happy anniversary.

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Hi webmaster
Happy anniversary to cricket and you.
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