Jade Has Come to Visit

I feel strange tonight. It is 13 weeks since I took Jade down to Bristol to start her retirement. Jasmine is here and slowly but surely becoming established at home and as my guide dog.

My parents are staying for a couple of days and I told them to bring jade. when they arrived, it was decided that we’d go straight to the local park and let the dogs off together so that they could meet somewhere that was neutral ground. After a bit of initial growling, they were fine together. They stayed fairly close to each other and Jasmine’s recall was brilliant which I was very pleased with.

Jade has been very settled in the house for the rest of the day, and both dogs have been totally accepting of each other.

But I feel so sad and its totally and utterly irrational. Jade, although friendly has been a little removed from me. I wanted this very thing to happen as I wanted her to form a good bond with someone else, in this case my dad. Jade always loved to be cuddled so came to me for a couple of cuddles today, but its just made me want to cry. I miss her so much, I’m surprised at exactly how much I realise I miss her now that she’s here again.

I’m going to have to say goodbye all over again. I had no inkling that I’d feel like this.


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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3 Responses to Jade Has Come to Visit

  1. welshgeordie says:

    Aww Mel I’m so sorry to hear of your sadness. I know nothing I say to console you about where Jade is now and that you got a chance to see her etc, won’t cut any ice so I’ll spare you that. Instead just know that it’s perfectly normal to feel like that. The bond you have with Jade is incredible, you and her made a fantastic team, so it’s only natural you’d feel like that when she came to visit. The great thing is though that I’m sure she loves the hell out of you too and it made her amazingly happy to see you for these few days. I’ll bet it won’t be the last either. It’s great too, that the two pups got on as well as they did, testament to both their characters. Sounds like you are pretty lucky with both dogs there. One thing’s for sure they are both extremely lucky to have such a loving and caring owner and I’ll bet they know it too.
    Take care,

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sam Is my first but I know I’d feel the same hugs Scott C.

  3. fleurette67 says:

    Sadness understandable
    Hi Mel! Even though I have never had even one guide dogt, let alone several, I can totally understand your sadness at the thought of having to say goodbye to Jade again after her short visit to you with your parents. After all, Jade worked with you for years, and you both built up a strong bond over that time, so, even though you have Jasmine now, it’s normal that Jade means such a lot to you, after all your time together. I’m glad she got on well with Jasmine, though, and I hope that the two dogs will continue to get on well when they meet again.

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