Counting our blessings

Hello, and welcome back once again.

Recently Commando and I attended a leaving party at the organisation where I volunteered as an ICT tutor prior to being matched with Commando and returning to full time education.

This gathering was primarily attended by the organisations service users, and some members of staff. Commando and I were one of only two guide dog partnerships in attendance, the other being the gentlemen whose leaving party this was.

Naturally, Commando was attracting a fair amount of attention, as he always seems to do. I think this was both down to his good looks and his very good behaviour around a buffet table, where had he not been so good, there would probably have been some food grabbing opportunities.

Over the course of the afternoon I had a couple of conversations with people who were considering, or were in the early stages of, applying for a guide dog. I have mentioned before, that conversations with guide dog owners, in particular those who worked at this particular organisation, were crucial in my final decision to go ahead and apply. So naturally I was more than happy to sit and talk to people and tell them all about Commando and what an immeasurable difference he has made to my life.

As I had these conversations the people to whom I was speaking were telling me, among other things, just how much they disliked using the long cane, something which I can certainly relate to, and which I have mentioned in great detail in previous posts. As well as how they felt that their mobility was suffering and they were becoming increasingly frustrated at not being able to get around as easily as they once did.

Naturally this struck quite a cord with me as just less than two years ago I was in that exact same situation, with almost identical feelings. It really did bring home just how privileged I am to have Commando in my life, as without him I know that I would not be where I am now.  

I’m sure that not one single guide dog owner ever takes their guide dog for granted, nor the increased mobility and freedom that we all enjoy thanks to the tireless efforts of our four legged miracles. But conversations like the ones I had recently only serve to bring home just how much a guide dog can change things for the better, in terms of both changing and restoring our lives to us.

I believe that after our conversations the people I spoke to are more determined than ever to start or continue with their applications to become guide dog owners.  I wish them every success in the journey that is to come…

I also, once again, count my blessings. For the fact that I have Commando, my very own four legged tail wagging wet nosed miracle.


Vicky, 8:24pm Tue 24 Jun 2014:

So pleased to have you blogging again, and more importantly your sunshine Commando as your guide dog & companion 365 days a year is evermore changing your life & others too in all you do. My 2 guide dogs are my life-lines.

liz, 9:51am Tue 17 Jun 2014:

Thanks for sharing. I don't think most of us will ever fully appreciate the difference a guide dog makes to someone's life so it is great when someone in your situation shares your experiences. It helps to remember that when my puppy moves on to training!

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Craig And Commando

Craig is in his early thirties and completely blind. His blog details the day-to-day adventures he experiences with his first guide dog, Commando.

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