Paws on the Street Part Thirteen – Sublime Sunday Whilst Living Loving and Training With Chief Blue Seeing Eye® Dog and Prince Edward A.K.A. Sweet Eddy
By Patty L. Fletcher
November 28, 2021
Moon Phase Waning Crescent
Blue, Prince Edward and I are having a Sublime Sunday. The winter birds are singing, the sun is shining, we’ve been on two grand walks around the community, and I’ve had a great Sunday Fried Chicken lunch provided by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church who does the Sunday Meals on Wheels.
This is now the only meal I receive from that program. It helps lots to receive a lovely homemade warm meal on Sundays because I’ve usually been out walking and working with Blue all morning.
You see, Sundays are quiet here even if the weather is good. During the morning, people are either visiting with family, at church or sleeping in. This means I can get out with Blue in harness and put him through all his paces. We do obedience, cross the parking lot at various points round the complex, go to and from the bus stop, mailbox, and dumpster, plus walking the entire walkway round the whole place.
This gives him a good hour or so of magnificent work which he totally enjoys.
After we’re done and have made our way back to the apartment I remove his harness, grab my cane and heel him down to his relief area where he relieves and then I let him sniff about and unwind.
Once all that is done, he’s ready for a big drink of water, belly rub and then an afternoon nap.
I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and it is helping to reinforce things for him in a big way.
I wish you could see him go. He is so excited to be let go at top-speed he bounces on his toes with every, single step and his tail goes so hard he whips me on the side of my legs with it as if he’s saying, “Hup! Hup! Mom!”
We’re making such wonderful progress and though this is an experience which is a 360 degree turn from what I was used to with Campbell I’m enjoying it quite a lot.
I must admit there have been some real bumps in the road for us but we’re overcoming them quite well.
Prince Edward, A.K.A. Sweet Eddy is taking it all in stride and is his Purrfectly loving self.
Though he too has had a few bumps in the road and last night suffered some severe nausea considering his illness he is doing very well.
I suppose that’s all I have to report. I hope everyone has a Sublime Sunday as well. May Harmony find You and Blessid may You Be.
Updated – October 2021
Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue.
Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.
WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS…
Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn.
She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast.
Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled.
Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom.
Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country.
Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.
Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer.
AUTHOR PAGES AND SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS…
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My Anthology Links
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