I have a long day ahead of me. Or, I guess I should say that Tulia and I have a long day ahead of us. We are tv reporters again for the blind curling and then off to the banquet.
This morning I am learning stories, blogging, and getting all things ready.
Went for a walk with Tulia to the coffee shop this morning. As we approached through the indoor mall, Tulia stopped and bounced on her paws. Gia used to do this too when encountering some kind of barrier where we couldn't move forward. They bounce as if to say, "I can't we can't we just can't go that way. We can't do it. Oh oh oh we can't we can't we can't." I did what any good guide dog handler would do. I probed forwards with my feet and with my hands. Found nothing. Encouraged tulia forward. Again the bouncing. The bouncing on the spot. A woman came up and said, "Everything is clear ahead of you." I told Tulia forward and she moved very tentatively ahead a little. A few leaves from a hanging plant very gently brushed the top of my head. I stepped back and hugged tulia. She saw that even though the sighted person didn't. The lady was amazed. Once she moved aside, Tulia swerved to avoid the dangerous hanging leaves and off we went again. The lady kept saying, "Amazing. Amazing. That is just amazing! I can't believe it." Yes Tulia you are amazing!