Having a guide dog can be bad for the ego. He gets all the attention. Really! Passersby call, “You are so beautiful” or “Aren’t you magnificent!”
There was an incident many years ago when I deluded myself, thinking the man coming toward me, saying, “You are just gorgeous” was addressing me.
“Thank you,” I replied, beaming.
“Oh,” said he, “I was talking to your dog.”
Big wake-up call. For 40 years I’ve been resigned to living in my dog’s shadow. Resigned isn’t the equivalent of reconciled, of course, and I still experience painful reminders.
During a recent visit with my brother, I met his countless friends and later asked, “So were your friends impressed with your astounding sister and brother-in-law?”
“No,” he said. “They only talked about Dave!”
And I have to admit that Dave’s many assets show themselves to me again and again, especially his crazy, beautiful nature. So, I’m taking advantage of his charisma and launching an Instagram page, @DavetheGuideDog.
Since I’m about 40% competent using Facebook, WordPress, and the iPhone, this is no small undertaking. Truly, there must be better uses of my time, children to tutor, hungry to feed. But I’m breathing deeply and trying to keep up with the sighties in the world who do all this digital stuff with aplomb. And so far, it’s been fun.