For today’s Friday Fun Reads feature, I’m offering a blast from the past. With October being National Domestic Violence Month and in light of the author’s recent loss of her beloved guide dog, I’m re-blogging this review from a couple of years ago. Patty, I’m sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Campbell.
In 2011, Patty Fletcher, a totally blind single mother, acquired Campbell, a black Labrador seeing eye dog, from the facility in Morristown, New Jersey, and brought him home to Kingsport, Tennessee. She first explains how a friend with a guide dog and an incident in a shopping mall inspired her to apply for a dog of her own. She then talks about her boyfriend’s initial reaction, a good foreshadowing of what’s to come. She goes on to describe, in great detail, the trip to New Jersey and the rigorous training process, made more difficult by her fibromyalgia and side effects from her medications. She discusses how one particular trainer influenced her during her training and afterward.
After describing the arduous trip home, she gives the reader a sense of what it’s like to acclimate…
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