Today was another excellent example for the little shepherd in how things really are here for a guide dog; it was a very long, busy and full day. I think I wore her out rather thoroughly because by about lunch time she was slowing down considerably.
We started our day with a trip into Albany for a doctor’s appointment because among the many stupid requirements for this damn pre-requisite class I need to have an immunization form filled out and as luck would serve my doctor’s new move to a paperless office has netted a loss of my shot records. Ugh. So, I had to have my blood drawn today to determine what the status of my immunizations were and if I required anything for this form’s completion. Good times.
From there we walked over to Washington Park and I proceeded to march Uschi over practically every square inch of the park. We walked through the tulips again and we walked around the lake and then we just walked around randomly. And then Alice called to let me know she was all set for lunch so we walked over to meet her and then headed back the way we came to the Iron Gate Cafe for a yummy lunch out in their little courtyard.
Uschi did extremely well today and I am very proud of her. I think if she could talk she’d say she was being unduly tortured today what with all the work and the great amount of walking, but other than showing a bit of fatigue she did phenomenally well. She was only mildly distracted throughout the day, including in the park, and most of that was while I was trying to take her picture. (She’s such a brat.) As for the fatigue, I think she just needs to buck it up and realize that this lazy lifestyle she’s grown accustomed to over the winter is not the norm around here. And, really, she’s only two; I don’t see any reason she should be acting like a senior citizen in harness.
Anyway, after lunch we accompanied Alice back to the Plaza and then Uschi and I strolled around the fountains, which haven’t been turned on yet, and I snapped this lovely shot (to the right) of her in front of the back of the Capitol. It may possibly be my most favorite photo I’ve taken of her yet and I’m rather astounded at the reflection in the pool because in person all you can see is black water.
Of course, that was hardly the end of our day as we headed back towards home and went to the library. I exchanged some books and picked up some others and then we parked ourselves at a table for a bit so I could work on my never ending dissertation. Josh met us a bit later and we made a quick pit stop at Price Chopper before heading to his house for our bi-weekly Write-In wherein I wrote an astonishing 1,833 words in my guide dog book. Go me. Or rather go word sprints because only 166 of that was written outside of sprints. Stupid inner-editor.
Now we are home and we are both mighty tired. But there are some additional flower and shepherd photos on my Flickr stream if you so wish to see them. G’night!