I recently was asked So what does a guide dog mean to you? I was surprised as I started to cry. In that moment I couldn't quite put it into words. Let me try.
Fifteen years ago as my husband was ready to leave for work, I sat on the steps of our home, our two children still sleeping and told him I feel trapped. I had lost most of my vision to retinitis pigmentosa and had gone from being an active person to cautiously, slowly walking only where I needed to go. In that moment I saw only the doors that had closed in my life.
As I ask Cricket to 'find the door', I am so grateful for the many doors that a guide dog has opened up in my life. It really is hard to put into words. Its easier to just be living and loving life thanks to a guide dog! What I recognize too is that a guide dog has opened my life for the times when she isn't by my side, too. The sense of passion and excitement with a guide dog has become a part of my life in other aspects. As I tell clients ... a small victory spills (I use high vocabularly :) into other areas of our lives. This morning I ran 2 - 5Ks with two friends at different times to make a 10K. I absolutely loved it. I recognize that in training with my first guide .. the trainers were incredible to think outside the box in different challenges. It was a message of I can do it -- let's get creative on how. Thank you!
I am so grateful for those who support Guide Dogs for the Blind in so many ways.
Oh the magic of a little puppy! The caption belowfrom GDB warmed my heart. I am so grateful for the connection of not only a guide dog but the many wonderful people in the Guide Dog community that have blessed our family.