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There is a route through my neighborhood that I love to walk. It is a relatively quiet residential area that has such a wonderful peaceful feel as we walk through with beautiful homes and pretty landscaping and it is a slightly more pleasant route to take to reach certain businesses within my home area than the busy main street we could take.

I took this route last summer in the presence of a guide dog instructor who was here to assess how my new dog of one year and I was doing as a team. He was able to see that my dog, Hibiscus and I were doing beautifully, though near the end of the route, I caught my foot in a miserable crack in the sidewalk and took a horrible fall. I recovered from the minor injuries sustained in that fall, and my beautiful dog and I have certainly gone on to do other routes in my neighborhood, taking care of errands as usual. However, I avoided the specific block where I had had the fall because I was frankly so afraid and just couldn’t handle it. I think I just about can’t think of anything worse in life than falling, and the thought of walking this area and having this unfortunate mishap occur again was just too much for this getting-up-there-in-experience old lady.

I am embarrassed to say that it has taken me a few months to be able to take this walk once again. However, today, Hibiscus and I finally took that walk again. As she had done last summer, Hibiscus did her usual best to keep me safe even showing me the place where I had tripped last summer. We walked that entire block and reached the corner safely and as proud as any person and guide dog could possibly be.

Yes, Hibiscus and I conquered the beast and walked the beautiful area once again in a good way. Needless to say, there were special food reinforcement treats for Hibiscus and a stop for a late lunch for me before walking on home once again, but the biggest reward was in walking in the area that had caused us problems before.

Dianne B. Phelps and the Flower Dogs,
Hibiscus and Primrose

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Nov. 15th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
great story, glad you and your wonderful dog conquered your fears together.
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