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

Friday, December 27, 2013

Our songs

As my first guide (for nine years), Pantera opened up many doors for me and gave me increased confidence as a woman - who is blind.  The story shared of my kids running after me at the Portland Airport after graduation has been told a time or two :).  Whenever I hear this song, You Raise Me Up,  I think of my Pantera.

Cricket has been my connecter.   In so many ways we have had opportunities to connect with others.  So very grateful for those deep brown eyes that have blessed my life.  When you say nothing at all is our song :). As we were walking back to our seats after speaking at the GDB Holiday Luncheon, this song was playing with pictures of guide dog teams.  Listen to the words and you can see how beautifully it fits.  Love it.
Steve and Becky -- GDB Holiday Luncheon 2011.
Gotta love breaking your arm just before you are to fly to speak to 700 people :). 

Update:  As I am finishing up some writing - I found the above post.  So, I will add a song about my third guide:  Georgina.  Of course, Georgie Girl became her song.  But the real song that represents Georgie is: Happy   It was playing almost each morning as we got in the van for training.  Georgie is such a happy dog.  I love that she wags her whole body when you pull out the harness.  I love that she wags her whole body when she knows she 'nails it' on a Find (Steve, the elevator, the escalator, the door, the stairs, the ice - at the convenience store, etc, etc,)  Yesterday I made the mistake of mentioning to a client that we were going to go for a walk.  Georgie heard that word and bounced up wagging her whole body ready to go for a walk.   Georgie is my make it happen dog.  Whether she is asked to find a destination, or relaxing around home and pulls out a toy and nudges you til you play a game of tug with her :).  She makes it happen.
Photo by Rick Egan - SL Tribune

1 comment:

Lablove said...

I am so grateful you share your journey, Becky. Perhaps you have a sense of how much the faith and grace (and good humor! :-) ) with which you live help others try to approach life with is a wonderful gift made possible by your sharing. Joy to you and dear Cricket!