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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Step back to 2007

Been reflecting on Cricket's career. I retired Pantera in September 2006 and left to get my next guide Cricket February 2007. I had chosen to wait and not return with a new guide during the winter months. This worked out very well - although by the time February came I was SO excited to get back working with a new guide. Cricket and I became a team on February 24, 2007. I was in class for two weeks. It was a wonderful class experience. This first picture is with two of my classmates. We had a lot of fun!
Family, friends and Cricket's puppy raising family at Graduation.  What a beautiful experience.  Natalie, our daughter and Adam were engaged while I was in class ... so graduation was Adam's first family vacation!

Cricket came home and entered life as a busy working guide.  Lots of travel: Girls trip to California to plan Natalie's wedding, Trip for the Wedding, A couple visits to San Diego to visit Natalie and Adam, The Fall Luncheon in Portand. 
Family Pictures with the new family members - Cricket and Adam

That year my parents celebrated their 50th Anniversary so another opportunity for great family pictures.

Busy year at the office with the addition of three new colleagues and Cricket and I worked a lot.  Cricket was a busy two year old with lots of energy!  I remember the day we felt like we clicked - walking up to Dick's Market and it just felt like we were ONE!


pattib said...

Great memories!

Karen said...

What fun to remember all the good adventures with Cricket by your side and a major part of the family.


Lablove said...

So glad you're sharing these wonderful milestones. To borrow from ``Casablanca,'' it's great to recall ``the start of a beautiful friendship''! :-)

Marisa said...

On the day you graduate with your new guide dog, we will be returning our pup, Nellie, that we have raised for a year for Leader Dogs for the Blind out of Michigan. I love reading your blog. Good luck and I am looking forward to meeting your new guide and hearing about your adventures.

Becky Andrews said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comments! Marisa - thank you for your incredible service - so inspiring!!