Anticipation is building…


I just can’t wait to get a Guide Dog. There are so many situations nowadays where I was like “See, I wouldn’t have to deal with this frustration” or “This would be SO much easier” with a Guide dog. One of my friends, Skylar, is in a wheelchair. She has been working with a therapy dog to expose him to wheelchairs and get him used to working around them because he is a Camp dog for Camp Craig Allen. With the dog being around us for the next several days, it just increases my desire and longing to get a guide dog. It also shows me how so much friendlier people are when you have a dog around, especially if you have a disability. I am definitely looking forward to that.

I’ve been reading the lectures that Guide Dogs for the Blind sent me over email. It’s a lot of stuff, but it’s awesome because I am already learning a lot and it just makes this whole thing more real. American Airlines Special Assistance to tell me that they usually have individuals with guide dogs in the bulkhead if they are okay with it so the dog will have more space. They made sure to tell me that I am required to keep my dog within the confines of my normal space in front of me. I was like “yeah, sure.. of course.” Haha. This is just becoming so much more real and I am so excited. But I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little nervous too. This is such a big change that is about to happen, so that’s normal, right?

Everybody back in Denton is onboard with my decision to get a guide dog. Not that they CAN say anything legally, but it’s nice that they are all so supportive. All my professors and department know that I am going to get a dog, my apartment complex knows. It will be good.

The big packet is supposed to come today with the packing list, what to expect with Oregon climate, etc. These are things that did not come in the email. I am away at school and I have everything sent home to my parent’s address so I’m hoping when Mom gets home from work she’ll find it and read it to me. I want to know what to expect!

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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.

2 thoughts on “Anticipation is building…”

  1. i’m feeling like i just missed a bunch of your posts because i don’t remember reading this one either! glad everyone is supportive of your decision!

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