Nickie Coby (puppybraille) wrote,
Nickie Coby
puppybraille

Dog Day!

It was the greatest sense of excitement I'd ever felt. The hugest sense of hope and the most intense sense of expectation. As I walked down the hallway toward the instructor's office at
Guide Dogs for the Blind;'s
Oregon campus, I had so many thoughts running through my head. Will the dog like me? What will he feel like? Will I be able to see his coloring? Will he and I work well together? I'd already been told that his name was Julio, he was a boy and he was a yellow lab. With every step I took down the hall, the sense of anticipation grew. Finally, I reached the instructor's office. I sat on the couch and waited. I

I heard the click of doggy toe nails against the tile floor, thump of a tail wagging. Then I felt the furry head of a dog in my lap as the instructor clipped the end of my leash to Julio's collar. I immediately noticed that Julio was a happy dog, and that he wanted attention. After I'd patted him on the head, I realized that his nose was wiggling its way under my bottom, even as I was sitting on the couch. The next few minutes were a blurr, with lots of pictures being taken for my parents who couldn't be there and some information on his basic facts. Though I was initially disappointed that he wasn't a girl, I had already started to bond and connect with Julio. By the end of that day, I knew he was the right dog for me.

Four years later, I still love him. My sense of love for this dog only grows stronger. I think about what Julio and I have done together, what we've learned from each other and how much I love him. I look forward to many more years with Julio.
Tags: disability related, grateful journal, guide dogs, hope, life milestones
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