Annual Reunion with Jenni (Puppy Raiser)


Jenni and I arranged to get together, as we try to do, at least once a year. We weren’t sure if it was going to happen because well, she gets married in 2 weeks and I have a lot going on with my family with the passing of my grandfather. But… we made it. 🙂 Its always wonderful to see her and catch up. It’s especially nice since she is my age, so we can relate, and I think we have established a pretty nice friendship. I wanted to try and go to her wedding but I wasn’t able to make it work with my work and the cost of the trip. 😦 But, Makiko and I sent her wedding gifts and have another one we’re working on.  We usually start by letting Makiko and Jenni play. Its fun to see Makiko remember Jenni as her “first Mama.” They have a lot of fun together. My grandparents have a large basement that Makiko can run around in and of course has a ton of toys. (See below).

Makiko holding a "yule log" toy.
A very close-up picture of Makiko holding her squeaky “yule log” toy. You can also see a little of the Elf toy in the background. She is sitting next to me, but you can’t really see me.

After we all played downstairs, the three of us (Makiko, Jenni, and myself) went out to Pei Wei. We had gone here before and enjoyed it. We also don’t like making these decisions so it was simple. I have learned it’s always very cool for puppy raisers to see their guide dog puppy’s (now guide dog) working. I will always remember last time we went to Pei Wei (the first time I went out with Jenni), she was so impressed that Makiko stopped at curbs. We got to catch up more and had a great time. See below.

Makiko is asleep while we eat at Pei Wei.
This is a picture Jenni took of Makiko at Pei Wei. Makiko is just sitting to the right of me in an open space between two tables. Many restaurants have these awkward poles underneath the tables that can’t be comfortable, so if there is a safe space right next to me, instead of at my feet, I usually let Makiko stay there.

We then went back to my grandparent’s house, talked some more, and took a few pictures. These actually turned out REALLY cute. We had some taken by my grandmother, but my favorite (below) is of Jenni, Makiko, and me in front of the Christmas tree. We took this as a selfie. I am holding/hugging Makiko, as is Jenni.

Jenni, Makiko, and myself in front of the Christmas tree
This is a really cute selfie picture of Jenni, Makiko, and myself in front of the Christmas tree. I am hugging Makiko.

Here is another picture that I really like.. Jenni with Makiko.

Jenni and Makiko in front of the Christmas tree at my grandparent's house
Jenni is hugging Makiko in front of the Christmas tree at my grandparent’s house. Makiko is actually looking at the camera, thanks to some persuasion by a treat. 🙂

It was such a wonderful time with Jenni! Makiko and I enjoyed it greatly!

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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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