Harvey, the “Imaginary Guide”, is here once again to guide you through another week toward the big day of receiving a real guide dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind. I want to give you encouragement this week by letting you in on some encouragement that Kathy has received this week. So here we go…..
Disabled Resource Services
Kathy answered the phone several days ago, and I haven’t seen her face light up so much in a while. She’s been undergoing injections in her one good eye due to hemorrhaging within the eyeball. It’s painful for her, and if the procedure doesn’t work she’ll lose all remaining eyesight in that eye. But the encouraging call from Karen Norton (Program Facilitator of Vision Matters After 55 at Disabled Resources Services in Ft. Collins) brought sunshine to Kathy’s day. Karen happens to have a black Labrador retriever that is her guide dog that she received from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Kathy met her for the first time on the Max bus. Their conversation led to a fast friendship. Karen called Kathy, because she knew the time to get Kathy’s guide was soon approaching.
Because Karen is now utilizing her third guide dog and has been through the training three times, she wanted to share the excitement of Kathy’s upcoming California trip in October. “I’m so thrilled that your training is coming up soon! Guide Dogs for the Blind treats you royally. They arrange for your flight to San Rafael and home again. They provide all lodging, meals, and even snacks while staying on their newly remodeled campus. They will even be calling you soon to find out if you have any medical concerns or dietary restrictions. Take a big suitcase to bring home your guide’s blanket, brush, food bowl, and food that Guide Dogs provides.” Karen’s conversation continued for quite a while, leaving Kathy flying high!
About the Dog
I heard Kathy ask, “What about the dog?” Karen knew that the dog, which Guide Dogs for the Blind specially selects for each individual, would most likely be about 15 months old now and would be receiving the last phases of its training every day from special trainers on the San Rafael campus. When Kathy arrives out in California on October 28, she will be housed on campus and receive the dog she’ll train with the very next day! If that two-week training with that particular dog works out, her very special partner will come home with Kathy in November.
Blessings galore from a gracious God, according to Kathy, flowed this past week. Hundreds of peaches on her backyard tree allowed her to share the bounty with people Kathy loves. Another phone call, this one from her daughter, brought talk of an “adventure” for the two of them. Once I know more, I’ll share the details. The return of a long-time friend to Colorado is adding thoughts of thankfulness to Kathy’s prayers. Her song around the house echoes Psalm 103: “Praise the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits! Who redeems your life from the pit, and crowns you with love and compassion.”
May you be encouraged today!
Harvey & Kathy