I recently received an email from my Aunt Nellie asking me questions about how I have adjusted to my new service dog, Barris. She had just read an article about a man who had been blind from birth but grew up to be a successful business owner, husband, and father. I too had read the experience in the November 15, 2015 Awake magazine, which featured a picture of this man with his service dog, Dante. The blind man admitted it was hard at first to entrust his safety to his dog. But with the help of his dog he could go anywhere without the need for his wife to accompany him. I don’t have the need for Barris to see for me, but he certainly has made it easy to trust him with my safety in public, which is often a confusing overwhelming place for me sound wise. I have always enjoyed dogs from a distance, but Barris has helped me understand body language of dogs and of people as well. I am more redeemed when I am connected to others, rather than just focusing on the many different sounds around me. Just like horses, I find Barris to be predictable, hard working, and loyal. If we all felt safe walking around we would definitely be happier. I know I am, with my dog next to me. I appreciate when articles are written about individuals who overcome a struggle in life with hard work, supportive family, and hope for a better world. I am including the link for anyone who wants to read this amazing story. I am grateful for people who encourage understanding for those with some sort of disability to be successful happy people regardless of being different. I am different, and if this blind man can do it, so can I. I would like to say I am on my way. Just remember everyone is independent from judgement when everyone is viewed the same.
Thanks Aunt Nellie for your questions. I love them.
Click on link to read the November 15,2015 Awake article “Living Without Sight”.