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, January 22, 2014

Cricket's Travels

I've reflected a lot the past 12 days since Cricket's final flight home as a guide dog on her travels as a guide dog.  Between my work, family fun, speaking opportunities and serving on various boards; Cricket has travelled a lot.  She loved when the suitcase came out and was always so excited to go on an adventure! Cricket was an excellent, easy traveller.  She took it all in stride whether it was busy NYC or a simple, relaxing vacation.  Perhaps, it was fitting that her final day at work was a flight home.  
Next week a girls trip is scheduled in sunny Arizona with two friends of over 20 years who also have guide dogs.  This was going to be Cricket's last trip.  She opted to turn in her retirement date a little early.   It will seem strange to not attach her fleece to my suitcase.  I'm going to miss having her guide me through the airport with such ease.  Love you Cricker girl.

Retirement Party is set:  Evening of March 8th at our home!  Its going to be a fun celebration of an incredible guide dog! Searching for a fun retirement headband for her to wear :).  

3 comments:

Kathy Peterson said...

Oh Cricket...bittersweet huh, sweet girl. Wish I could be at your party! Have fun!

Becky Andrews said...

Kathy - I wish you could be here, too!!

rottrover said...

Cricket! Congrats on a job well done!

And thank you for my Gotcha Day wishes!

-Otto