Wednesday I got the pleasure of visiting Northsprings Elementary School in Columbia, SC. I also got to meet Ann Humphries and her guide dog, Brego. Brego is a graduate of Southeastern Guide Dogs and was paired with Ann about a year ago. He has his own website as well at http://www.sitstaygive.org/Brego
This was such a rewarding experience to be able to show off to the elementary school kids all my skills and for them to learn all about the school. There were 4 sessions which Brego and I both got to showcase what we know. Brego even showed the kids how he stops Ann from falling off the stage by standing in front of her so she can't go any further. He even did it without being told. I was impressed and I think my furraiser was too.
In the last session, we were filmed to be shown on the local community channel. I've never been on TV before so I hope my hair wasn't all messed up....BOL.
At the end of the programs, my furraiser and Ann were introduced to the school's blind teacher. She had told them that they had just had a student transfer in that was considered legally blind. Both of his parents were serving our country, with his mom just coming back from Iraq and his dad just being deployed to Afganistan. WOW, that young gentleman had some major changes in his life. Anyways, the teacher said he was a little afraid of dogs and wanted them to talk to him to make him a little more comfortable about his blindness and that there are people out there to help him.
We all met the young lad and he was awesome. He told us of his parents and even told us he wanted to be a doctor when he grew up. Ann talked to him about being able to regain her freedom with Brego and my furraiser even let him pet me. He was all smiles and such a wonderful young man.
To be able to see Brego and Ann work as a team and to meet this young gentleman makes all the hard work worth it.
Wags and Wiggles,
P.S. Pictures to come as soon as available