Don't Sentimentalize Your Dog

Yesterday without warning I was laid low by a 24 hour intestinal virus. I will say no more. But lying there in my fever and chills I found, all of a sudden, my new guide dog Nira was halfway up on my bed and licking my face. "Hey Pal," she almost seemed to say , "Why are you so negligent? You could be going places with me."

I’m not one of those dog sentimentalists who believes his dog was checking to see if I had a pulse. Nira was bored and she was letting me know about it. I was the only game in town and the game wasn’t going so well.

Later, as the chills got worse and I lay quaking under several blankets I was deeply grateful for Nira’s top notch training. She lay on her bed and worked on her dog bone and stopped worrying about me.

That’s the point of course. Sometimes we need to be worried over and sometimes we don’t. The guide dogs at Guiding Eyes are self reliant and confident. Nira had been hoping I would get to my feet and go someplace with her. When she saw that this wasn’t in the works she was able to find her own place of contentment.

Of course today when we went out again she was moving like a rocket sled. It’s good to be back.

S.K.

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Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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