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

Monday, May 27, 2013

With Gratitude: A Special Bond

Time flies. Cricket is approaching turning eight and I've been reflecting on our years together. We have experienced much as a team. I'm looking forward to more wonderful years together as long as she feels the same :). When she loses her bounce in her step to work, I will give her the gift of retirement. There is very little that we don't do together. She goes almost everywhere with me. She knows all my little mannerisms. She can tell from how I get ready in the morning and where I set my purse if we are going to be riding with Steve or if we are catching a ride with someone else. She waits by a different door. She excitedly knows now that we have flowers to water each morning and that she gets to be involved in this watering process.  She knows that when I put on my bike helmet, she stays home.  She knows a bright 'blind athlete' vest and tether mean running and she stays home.  I know that she settles down in a meeting if she can lean into my feet, lay on top of my purse or something else that puts us physically connected. I reflect in awe at the whole process of being matched to a dog that is a beautiful fit that understands me and happily gets up each day to love and serve throughout the day. So sweet and inspiring! Love you Cricker girl.  I know that when she snuggles up like in this picture that soon snoring will come and I will need to reposition her so she's not snoring too loudly in church!

7 comments:

pattib said...

Awwwww, what a wonderful tribute to a wonderful dog!

Karen said...

she is truly a WONDERFUL dog!! and we all love and appreciate her. Mom

Rachel Messel said...

such a sweet post! P.S. your toes look super cute in the picture :)

3 labs 4 me said...

Cricket is no doubt a superstar!! We love her too!

Reddunappy said...

Eight years! It goes by so fast! The guide we raised will be six this year! Time flies!!!

Kelly Jo said...

This was such a beautiful post! We have a golden retriever and she is so much more than a dog - she's a part of our family. Sounds like Cricket is just like that!

Sarah and Romeo said...

Eight years, wow! Cricket seems like such an amazing dog and helper. Wish you both eight years more! :)