Five years ago this month, I was getting ready to return to Guide Dogs for the Blind for my second guide dog. Pantera had retired in September, after nine years as a guide. She had settled in nicely to the role of Steve's pet. I spent a few months back walking with a cane and was so excited to be returning to GDB to meet my new guide dog! The memory of an excited dog with the name of Cricket greeting me with such love will always be a sweet memory.
Today, Cricket started her day off with a trip to Costco. Basically in a big store like this she is aware of the direction that Steve is going (follows). He gives me verbal clues so that I can tell Cricket - left, right, inside, outside. We were all happy that we arrived just as it was opening and beat the craziness of Costco on a Saturday.
She then ventured to my office - her second home for a short time to pick up some things. We returned home and I had some Alumni Board Meetings (conference call) so she was off duty for a few hours. Then, she had her annual appointment with the vet. She's had an easy, healthy year. Thank you! Vet report: She has gained four lbs. He gently told her she could lose a few. We'll cut back her portions and go on a few more walks. Its for the best, Cricket. She also has a chipped tooth and a growth on her back that he wants to test further. Most likely nothing but they will take care of it all and clean her teeth. Sweet girl had to have a doctor's note to get a day off. She'll get her medical needs met on the 21st :).
Then, Cricket attended Kendall's table tennis tournament. Fairly straight forward - find the door, find the chair, avoid some obstacles. Go Kendall. He was playing strong for his Aggies! 3-0.