Lindsey: 18.9.95 – 13.3.10
My best friend in work and retirement. Sadly missed.
Goodbye Cherub. Love Bettie
this was a tribute written in the Guide Dogs magazine, Forward, by a lady about her first guide dog, Lindsey.
Before Lindsey went to work with Bettie, she spent ten months as my guide dog. However, we were not a good match. Lindsey was extremely sensitive and didn’t like to be rushed. At the time I was catching buses to and from work, and I probably rushed Lindsey more than she could cope with. Lindsey’s work deteriorated, and despite some refresher training, as soon as she worked with me again, the problems occurred once more. It was therefore decided that Lindsey wasn’t the right dog for me and she was withdrawn, taken back for re-training and eventually qualified with Bettie.
that time was very hard for me. Guide dogs policy is that if a dog is withdrawn and re-trained for someone else, there can be no further contact with the former guide dog owner. whilst I realise that a clean break is necessary for the sake of the new partnership, I felt very bereft for a while as the training centre wouldn’t tell me anything about her. I think I’d have been happy with just an occasional update. Although I couldn’t continue to work with Lindsey it is always hard to give away a dog that has become such a big part of one’s life,albeit for a short time.
A few months afterwards, I visited a guide dogs open day at the Nottingham centre and my husband at the time saw a lady with a dog that looked remarkably like Lindsey. when we spoke to her we found out that it was indeed Bettie with Lindsey. the thing that struck me was how quiet and calm she was with Lindsey and how responsive Lindsey was to Bettie. It was a bitter sweet meeting for me but it left me with a feeling that Lindsey would be happy and well cared for.
Last week I read Bettie’s entry in forward which left me feeling slightly sad. However, it also left me with closure. Lindsey had obviously stayed with Bettie during her retirement and had been much loved. this was the best I could ever have wished for her.
I’m so glad it worked out for her. RIP Lindsey La La!