Realization of the work put INTO a Guide Dog


When I was itsy bitsy, my parents had a Golden Retriever named Mackay. He passed away when I was super young and then sometime in my later elementary school years or middle school years we got Rusty, another Golden Retriever. He was a great dog, albeit kind of wild. We were supposed to pick up the poop and help out with that, my sister and I, but we didn’t end up doing that much unfortunately. So, I kind of have helped take care of a dog but not nearly to the extent that I will when I get my Guide Dog.

I have read NUMEROUS blogs online from like the beginning of a guide dog user’s blog to several years later, I have read all the material I have been sent and I know a lot because I love animals. I was just going about my daily activities and one night I was lying in bed. Both those times something just struck me and I realized.. “wow.. this is going to take a lot more work than I am used to now.” But I was talking to a friend the other night who is also blind and uses a guide dog and she said that I shouldn’t even sweat that, that it will come naturally. But, with my busy schedule, I’m not at home that much and when I do get home, I’m exhausted. But really it’s grooming, feeding, watering, and relieving, along with giving it all the love in the world and playing with it. There is also the constant working with the dog and creating the bond and working partnership when you are out, but I’m talking about taking care of the dog at home here. When you list it out, that doesn’t seem that much but there is also taking care of monthly pills (Heartgard and Frontline), making sure you always have enough food, etc. I don’t think it’s necessarily A LOT really but it’s a significant amount more than I am used to.

With all that being said, I know I can handle it and it will soon become not a big deal. But it’s going to take a while to get in the swing of things, both with the daily care of the animal and having a guide dog around all the time. I’m really excited for it. Because we’re partners. I take care of him and he takes care of me by being my eyes and companion. Now, I say “he” but i really don’t know what gender my guide dog will be just yet. That just comes out naturally for some reason. I can’t wait to give all the love in the world to the dog and have him return it to me and help me in such a significant way.

Oh, man.. I really want a Guide dog.

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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