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

Sunday, April 1, 2012

All Smiles for my Guide

We are home from a wonderful time in Atlanta. Cricket was almost all smiles except for the flight home (long story short - delays = Cricket's dinner was overdue). The conference was amazing (yes, it has me wanting to go back to school and do further research), the time with Steve was fabulous - we had so much fun, and so very special to get to meet a friend  for lunch (much to share!).  I wanted to dedicate this post to the happy guide dog in this picture.

After six weeks off, Cricket did fabulous work in Atlanta. By our second time back to our hotel room - she knew Find the Room. With eight elevators as I told her Find the Elevator she walked right to the point where the Elevator button was located.  Find the trash was another victory.  After a day she learned the various rooms for the conference and navigated Find the Chair smoothly to help us  ... except for those sessions that were so popular there wasn't a chair to be found!  She walked and walked and walked with us and navigated the routes well.  She flew so well that when she popped up from under the seat on the plane some were not even aware she was there.  She used her skills of  Find the Counter on several ocassions at the outlets.  We had a moment of quiet where we sat there face to face and I said thank you, Cricket.  She gave me a little kiss proudly. 

Enjoying Stone Mountain with Steve and Cricket

I think she is going to be very happy that we have a full day at the office tomorrow which =  lots of sleep for her.  She worked hard this past week, and I am so proud of her (and very grateful to her). 


Jess and Glacier said...

Isn't it exciting to find areas that interest you enough to want to research them?
Good girl, Cricket. :)

Mimi said...

Hooray for Cricket! Back to work, meeting the challenges, and feeling confident--what could be better for a dog who loves her job. So glad you are both doing well. Happy Monday, Becky!

Karen said...

So glad you had such a good conference and happy Cricket is back being her good worker and companion self. Happy you are home safe.

Wendy said...

It is incredible to me how they/you can train a dog to understand SO much! I think there is a lot more to dogs than we give them credit for. You and Cricket are awesome! You're doing great things with your life Becky. Who would've known 30 years ago the turns our lives would take! Love ya! Wendy

wendy said...

It amazes me that she can follow all those commands. I bet she is happy to just get back to doing wat she does best.
sounds like it was a great trip.

Lydia Criss Mays said...

It was SO special to meet you and Cricket! What a wonderful lunch and opportunity to spend a lovely time getting to know each other. It was the absolute highlight of my week!