January 10, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes the idea of enrichment. Use many of its different manifestations or explore reasons why it matters to the character. Go where the prompt leads.
It was hard to believe it was a year ago that she came into his life.
He remembered how he’d been preparing and looking forward to that day.
It was the first time for both of them, had been a long time coming, but the rewards were endless. She had opened up a whole new world.
Practice made perfect as they took their time to get to know each other.
It didn’t take long to bond, to anticipate each other’s needs and moods.
Now they were inseparable.
He reached for her harness and she was at his side immediately.
I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes!
In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too.
On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts.
From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives.
We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
Brilliant, Di. Very subtle
I’ve written something similar before I think.
When we were on the boat I got to know a guy who started the socialising cycle and house training of would be guide dogs.
This is the relevant post from 4 years ago.
An amused read!
My son (now grown) is visually impaired and will be hopefully be getting his new guide dog shortly. Your story sums up perfectly how a dog enriches a blind persons life, when old Dave retires he will become our pet as did his predecessor Whisper. 👍
I think all assistance dogs enrich the lives of so many people. It’s wonderful that they retire to become family pets. My post on Georgie mentions a lady who had three guide dogs at the same time, and she was amazing.
I am pleased your son is getting a new dog.
You are welcome
Ah! I can see better now that I understand now it is a guide dog. From horse to moose to dog, the bond works. But guide dogs really do change the lives of those they assist.
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