September 17th, 1997. Sixteen years ago on this date I took my first walk with my first guide dog, Pantera. I reflect back on that first amazing, empowering experience walking with a guide dog. I walked fast, free and confident. I was surprised how quickly I trusted my new partner. Soon I became one with this dog. This is a day of gratitude - a day when I received an amazing gift. The years fly by and Pantera retired in the fall of 2006. Cricket entered in 2007 and I felt that same invigoration and gratitude. It is incredible and I thank all of those that make this possible!