#InternationalGuideDogDay: A Reblog

Happy International Guide Dog Day.

Image by C. L. Tangenberg – Our first family pet Elyse, an American Brittany (spaniel). Although not a certified guide dog, she taught us a lot and guided our hearts.

On the Blink

April 26 is International Guide Dog Day, a chance to celebrate the countless beautiful handler-guide dog teams around the world. It is a day to honor not only the hard work we do with our companions but the circle of loving support that makes this work possible. From the families that encourage us to go in for training to the trainers, volunteers, and administrators who get our pups ready to work with us, we are surrounded by a web of kindness and commitment.

No handler can reach for her guide dog’s harness without realizing the power of collaboration. None of us could do this alone.

So, to celebrate guide dogs, I’m sharing a few of my favorite posts about York. Some of these have only lived on the blog while others have gone far afield into literary journals. Each piece immortalizes the intense gratitude and love I have for my brown-eyed boy, and for everyone who helped bring him into my life.

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Five-Phrase Friday (15): Gratitude Abounds

Five (or so) of the many, many things I’m thankful for:

  1. freedom and opportunities to choose my life and be myself
  2. security and its offspring: food, clothing, shelter, bedding, etc.
  3. capacity: health, literacy, heritage, insight, skill, drive, humor, integrity, awe, joy, empathy, kindness, talent, intuition, learning, etc.
  4. society: people, animals, belonging(s), ideas, beauty, universe
  5. hope and love, and all the chances to give and receive them

Happy Thanksgiving.