Last night was my last night at the seeing eye Inc., it was filled with so many mixed emotions. Excitement, anxiety, and a bit of sadness. As I mentioned in my last post, everyone here has become like my second family, it’s going to feel so different being home and not getting to see these wonderful people every day. I’m going to miss my morning crew we would have coffee, listen to some music, and laugh. It was always a great start to my day. I loved getting back from working with Ilo and after a long hard day, someone would always brighten it up. Everyone was so supportive of one another, it was great getting to know each and every person there and I hope we all are able to stay in touch.
When I woke up this morning, I got emotional. This past 3 1/2 weeks have been full of ups, downs, at times I even had doubts about the process. Training was intense, it was fun, and overall it has been extremely rewarding. It’s crazy to think that just 3 1/2 weeks ago I was matched with this amazing loving and extremely hard-working dog. It’s hard to believe that I went from holding the harness handle so stiffly, from slowing down when walking because I hadn’t develop trust yet, to now where I walk so carefree, and completely have faith in Ilo.
I was so fortunate to have my instructor drive me home. We left at 6 AM and arrived at my house at 8:30 a.m. he helped me introduce Cupcake to Ilo, The introduction was full of wagging tails, but Cupcake is definitely jealous. It’s going to take some time for her to warm up to him, but eventually I know that she’ll grow to love him! Once I said hi to everyone, my instructor took me to my campus. It was so nice to finally be in a familiar area, for the past few weeks I have been in an area that I was not familiar with. At times I would get frustrated when I couldn’t learn a new route, and I had to remind myself that I wasn’t from around there. I must say, walking in a familiar area with Ilo for the first time was extremely liberating. I can say without a doubt that Ilo is a college boy now! We were striding down those halls and around campus so smoothly, It was an amazing feeling. We even worked on targeting the shuttle location where I wait for the bus to go to the train station. I can’t put into words how it feels to go from being a cane user to now a guide dog user, the experience is different and in my personal opinion I feel more free. I am extremely happy with my decision to go through this process, I got a phenomenal dog, I now have a wonderful extended family, and I feel like I regained peace of mind as well as and extreme confidence boost. Although I’m done with class and I am no longer in Morristown New Jersey, the process isn’t over, it’s just beginning! I’m ready for any challenges that will come my way, and I will welcome those challenges with open arms. I have an outstanding dog, I love him to pieces, and I can’t wait to begin this new chapter! I will keep up with this blog, probably not as much as I did during class. But I will definitely keep everyone posted! I hope you all enjoyed reading about my experience! Good night from me, Cupcake, and Ilo!