Hello Guiding light. The adventure begins

At the end of January 2018 a cream coloured labrador cross golden retriever by the name of Tatum opened up my world.

I am blind and had been waiting for this moment since 2016 when i went on the wait list for a guide dog at Guide Dogs Queensland in Australia. I had been losing my eyesight slowly since around the age of 10, and had reached a point where a guide dog would be a really great fit. I had been using a white cane to get around and had grown tired of using an obstacle locator. By the time Tatum came into my world, I had test walked many potential matches, and had almost given up hope. But then I tested Tatum and finally my Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) announced we had definitely found a match. The GDMI called the next month to lock in a class date and let me know I would be doing home training.

The day Tatum arrived, I was so excited, I knew I was really getting back my independence. I was waiting in the lounge by the front door to my home at the time, I was so excited, but I was also really nervous. The first day is filled with so many emotions.

From that day, I underwent what was two exhausting and intense weeks of home training to learn how to work as a team with my new best friend. Words don’t do justice to how intense and exhausting those first two weeks are as a team.

Tatum, a cream coloured labrador cross golden retriever

One thought on “Hello Guiding light. The adventure begins”

  1. Hi Isabella. Many thanks for liking my post about training with my new guide dog Apollo and following me at kmorrispoet.com.

    I am pleased that you found a guide dog match and I look forward to following your blog.

    Best wishes. Kevin

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