It’s officially a year since Jayden and I were matched! It’s about 3pm here now, so we probably had just finished our first ever walk together. I can say that today’s walk was much better haha!
There are three posts about Dog Day from last year, again all posted that Sunday. Two of the posts have what I had journaled before I had internet and I left in typos and everything.
This first post has more about that first Tuesday. This second post is my favorite post. As I sat waiting for them to come to my room, I just typed and typed. So this post captures the moments right before I met Jayden. This last post describes the meeting and I had his details all messed up haha! He was twenty two inches tall, not eighteen, and sixty four pounds, not sixty two. I also said he was in the womb when I went blind, but have sense found out that dog gestational periods are shorter than I thought haha! He was born July 15, 2008 and I went blind April 24, 2008. Still pretty darned close and was cause for tears.
I said in the post that I don’t remember much about that first walk and hoped it would come back to me. It most certainly has not haha! I’ve heard so many people say their first walk felt like they were gliding or flying. I don’t remember feeling that. There was so much to focus on and remember and I had only met him what, two or three hours before I harnessed him the first time? I wish I could remember more, but I sure don’t.
Today’s walk however, went flawlessly. All I wanted today was to be sure we got a walk in. Rain definitely moved into the area but it was perfect and sunny out and we just got to walk. I definitely feel like I’m gliding or flying now haha!
Before we went, I let him just leash guide me a little and be a dog before harnessing him up and taking off. Then I let him have a treat at the manager’s office when we stopped in to say hi. I never let him have a treat, but I did today. One Beggin Strip haha! The manager said he was looking at her with “those eyes of his”, knowing she had more.
Before the walk, Jay got a Kong Wobbler, then he got showered with love by the insurance people who came over to go over some additional benefits with me. We’re not used to strangers coming over, so I had Jay on leash just in case. Not everyone loves dogs. But they assured me they were dog people and he got lots of love while they were here. I am very, very happy with the new insurance developments, let me tell you. Is anyone ever happy that they get to go to the dentist?
After they left we went for the walk and when we got home, he got his frozen Kong.
I can’t believe it’s been a year. It’s been such a happy day and a beautiful anniversary, just hanging out with my boy on a perfect desert weather day.
We’ll celebrate again on March 7th. I don’t think everyone celebrates coming home day, but to me, that’s when the real relationship began. The bond we formed during the three weeks of school just started to immediately grow as we got home to where I was comfortable. As grateful as I am for GDB and the amazing dog they gave me, that three weeks was insanely grueling and exhausting, so it was during the transitioning at home that I really got to continue falling in love with my guide dog.
One year, can you believe it?? I almost can’t. It just doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. So much has happened over the last year, a lot of it not good, so maybe that’s why it seems like it’s gone so fast, I have no idea.
Ok, gonna get this posted so we can go have a romp fest!