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

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Processing with Cricket

A friend found this little story funny so I'll share :)!   My dentist is a short four block walk from my office.  Today was the final saga of the tooth that needed a root canal and crown.  Yeah.  It was really hot when we walked out.  Cricket is not a fan of  long walks on dog days of summer.   I knew Cricket would be willing to walk where I asked her to go but also thought her knowing what lies at the final destination on this hot walk would be helpful to her  - so before I told her forward I kneeled down, stroked her ears and said,  Cricket its just a short walk back to the office and then when we get back we will get you your dinner.   She knew just where she needed to go and happily guided me in the heat back to my office to enjoy her dinner.  I process much with Cricket in a day.  They say processing and sharing is very helpful and lowers our stress level.  I'm not the only one that processes with Cricket.  I am told so often ... this dog has such a sweet spirit about her - so true.

4 comments:

Retired Duo said...

I just realized how often I get myself to do something based on food at the end of the task! :) Go to Deep Water Power class = get lunch afterwards; take Mom to the library = stop for an iced tea; follow Bob around Lowe's endlessly = we get a treat later. Love it! I'm surprised I don't weigh 400 pounds.
Pat in Ohio

Lydia Criss Mays said...

I love this. I think Cricket has the right idea too, she knows connecting over meals is often special and a place to make memories. I can stay really focused during the day when I know I have a lovely evening planned with Andrew. It's something to look forward to all day. Cricket gets it too. :)

Fran said...

Amazing - the love a dog has for her owner. And amazing - the love an owner has for her dog. Love is amazing. That's my processing for the day (well, for the morning anyway)!

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Our dogs are so trusting--they do what we ask without always knowing what's in it for them. But it's so great when we CAN let them know in advance. Hooray for the word "dinner" and Cricket's understanding of what it means! Love this story.