The school I go to right now is basically training for being blind. Everyone there is older than me and most of them had some incident later in life that caused them to be totally blind or severely visually impaired. For me it’s a little different. Partially at the urging of my parents and encouraged by the knowledge of the degenerative nature of my eye disease, I decided to take a year in between graduation and starting college to attend this program. Basically, I’m learning to transcend sight and become one with the force.
A few weeks ago, a spokesperson from Guide Dogs for the Blind came to our program and talked about, well, guide dogs. It was super interesting for a lot of reasons. The actual presenter was a guide dog user himself and brought his dog, Forley. He wasn’t totally blind. I always thought I had too much vision to get a dog or that I wouldn’t work well with one but during his talk I started having second thoughts. He talked about the relationship between guide dog and owner and how it is more about trust and allowing your dog to help you. The only technical requirement to be eligible is to be legally blind. So I haven’t officially made a decision but I’m really excited and there’s a strong possibility that I’ll be spending two weeks at the guide dog training camp. If I do, I’ll definitley write about the experience.
Oh, I almost forgot! What sparked me to think about getting a dog again and to write this post? This week, I got my acceptance letter to Seattle University. Not only that, but a generous scholarship that makes it possible for me to afford going! I am -so- incredibly excited for 2016.