Guide Dog School: Day 17
What builds trust in someone? Knowing they have your back. Do you remember your first trial as a Christian? You thought you trusted God, but fear lurked around every corner. Worry kept sleep from coming. That is not genuine trust.
I thought I trusted Iva until yesterday. A train platform can be 8-10 feet off the ground. Trains load quicker that way. However when the train pulls out, you are standing on a ledge. In certain areas, it is quite narrow. Walking to the edge and telling a guide dog to move forward but she refuses to walk you to a horrific fall boosts your confidence like nobody’s business. Even if you never expect to travel by train, and you are attending a guide dog school, I highly recommend taking this option.
All year, people have been praying for Iva, especially my EC prayer partner, Dawn. I am feeling the result of those prayers. She is perfect for me. Thank you all. Continue to pray for my bursitis which has flared up. Also, pray for us as a team: my following position, corrections and getting that left foot out. Specific? Yes, specific prayers get specific answers and God gets specific glory.
In the last two days, I have learned to give Iva a pill, if needed, ear cleaning, and teeth brushing (poultry flavored toothpaste). Guiding Eyes has an annual fund for vet supplies. My fund expires in December. Since it is October, let’s say I did some major shopping. I am well stocked for a year.
Iva demonstrated great conduct during the mini-conference here on Monday and at a restaurant today. We have done more store work, rode a bus, and learned how to load up in a car. The training is one-on-one here about 99% of the time. Yesterday was the first day we worked in doubles: two people per trainer.
Today is NYC day, but five of us chose to work on what we need here at school. We walked the Croton Riverwalk by the Hudson River. At the end of the 1 1/4 mile walk is a 9/11 memorial with an actual beam from one of the Twin Towers. I will post the pic on Facebook and Twitter.
Graduation is Saturday, and it will be live-streaming at the following link at 1:30:
The first 20 minutes are blank. Just be patient – a necessary quality in guide dog work.
So, today’s message: Trust God, pray specifically, and never forget 9/11.