A Bitter-Sweet Time when the Head and the Heart Cannot be Reconciled – Guide Dog Application

Last Friday I had the call, the one that I dreaded and looked forward to but mainly dreaded. Guide Dogs have a possible match for me. She’s a little black Labrador called Jasmine and on paper she ticks all the boxes. So they will be setting up a matching visit for me to meet her and work her to find out if she definitely is a match. If she is suitable, I’ll start training on the 23rd of November.

So that’s the positive. The negative is that although my rational logical side says that Jade has worked hard for me for almost 8 years and she is now showing caution. She therefore deserves to retire whilst she is still fit and healthy and lead the stress free life of a pet. But my selfish insecure side can’t bear the thought of letting her go. I can’t imagine life without her. I know her so well and she has never once compromised my safety. She’s been the best working guide dog I’ve owned to date and she’ll be a hard act to follow. I know I’ll have to let her go but its going to be so hard.

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About Mel Griffiths

I live and work in Nottingham, England and am blind. This blog is often centred around things that happen to me because of being blind. This is my space to write and sometimes people will disagree with what I write, but its the one place I have in which to be frank and honest. I also like to reflect on the funnier side of life from time to time.
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2 Responses to A Bitter-Sweet Time when the Head and the Heart Cannot be Reconciled – Guide Dog Application

  1. hugest of hugs
    good luck with everything, as i said on twitter am around if you need a chat or listening ear.

  2. Anonymous says:

    when a dog retires you are faced with many emotions and when they work so well they really are a very hard act to follow but you will always have the memories

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