There’s No Place Like Home

Inspirational message - Home Is Where The Heart IsIt was a cold and dark morning when we went out the front lobby doors of the apartment complex. I could sense something was “up.” To my utter shock my mom handed me over to her sister while she got in another car that sped away,–without me. I went to another house while my mom went to the hospital for out patient surgery.

Now, I did have fun at where I went. I got to play, play, play with a little dog named Roxy. We had a blast out running in the fence in back yard. The snow was fresh and cold and it was just a great time. But in my heart of hearts I missed my mom and didn’t understand why we were apart. Later that day I got to go home and reunited with my mom. Boy, was I happy and so was she. We are not made to be apart. It is difficult on both of us.

The next day one of my mom’s friend came over. She ask my mom if she could take me for a walk. I like walks. So I left my mom and go with her friend. We walk and walk and then I saw the car parked out in the road. We walk over there and my mom’s friend opened up the door, dropped the leash and said “load up!” Not on your life! In a split second I took off towards home, through the woods and across the parking lot. I zoom up to the apartment complex double doors and bark to let my mom know a “dognapping was in progress” and I was the dog who didn’t want to be “napped.!”I wasn’t going to leave my mom again. My mom’s friend drove up and parked and let me in. I was sooooo glad to be home. (Turns out my mom’s friend was just moving her car from the road to the parking lot but how’s a dog to know?)s

The saying is “there’s no place like home.” Home for this Service Dog is not a certain building. Home is with my person, wherever she is -that’s Home to me.  No matter where I am in this world, I am not Home unless I am by my Master’s feet. There’s no place like Home!

Light On

A Service Dog has many tasks. Some things are a little more tricky to learn and do well. To be honest, there are a few things I have yet to master. While learning to open the refrigerator door, I got hit in the face with the door when it suddenly opened – SMACK!  That hurt! Tugging the towel (tied to the handle) gently yet hard enough to open the door~ while moving out of the way is a skill I am still working on. After getting hit in the muzzle a few times a dog is ready for her “favorite beverage.”

Another difficult task is “Light On.” I am pretty good at “Light Off” but I have a long way to go to master “Light On.”

My mom says in a way; turning the light off reminds her of some people she knows. She says some people are really good at turning the “light off.” They are skilled finding the negative in almost every situation. They will stomp out the flickers of hope. Bad news travels fast. How many people would watch the news if it was good news? Some people tend to be pulled to the darkness and dwell there. They love to talk about the bad things rather than the good things in life.

I am good at turning the light off- hitting the wall switch with my paw. I need to practice turning it on. It is a lot harder. I ask my mom why can’t we just leave the light on. (Don’t want to leave the light off because it is  dark).

Literally, leaving the light on all the time will run up the electric bill. But my mom says we should leave the light on in our hearts, thinking and being positive, and encouraging –  no matter what the day brings. It doesn’t take any more energy for us to be positive (let your light shine) then it does to be negative  (dwell in the darkness). Even in the daylight, shine on! One little light will disperse a room full of darkness. Life is too short to stay (negative) in the dark.