Does Your Guide Dog Sleep Around?

It’s hard enough being blind, and it’s hard enough having a guide dog as cute and friendly as Nash. I mean half the time we are on stage or out in public, Nash ends up stealing my thunder, or needs to be the center of attention, or say hello to everyone. Hey, he is a social butterly, which is what I wanted to a guide dog. But this takes the cake! A little over a year ago, I allowed Nash into my bed one night. Of course after that, Nash ended up in my bed all winter, and it was very nice, as he is cuddly, in fact, he is in my bed most of the day.  I guess it beats sitting on a hardwood floor, or in his tiny doggy bed. In fact, my bed has become known as Nash’s thrown. Over the Summer, Nash was very nice as he would go into my bed while I stayed up and watched tv, and then I would get into my bed, Nash’s thrown, and he would stand up, shake himself awake, and jump down into his doggy bed, as it was to hot for the two of us to share the bed. What an unbelievably thoughtful doggy. Well, in California, my friend Steve has a ten foot couch, and I would sleep on one end and Nash on the other, and if you read any of the blogs from my time in Cali, you know that Nash would even steal my spot when I would get up off the couch, which was cute and fine, but this now tops all. The last few days my parents stayed with Nash and me in NYC which was nice, and Nash and I enjoyed having them here, but last night was a first. Nash started off in my bed, which was fine, but in the middle of the night, he went down to his bed, which was also fine, as I do kick in my sleep, poor Nashie. Well, this morning I wake up and Nash is not in my bed, or his doggy bed. You know where he was? He was in the pull out sofa bed sleeping with my parents! Hey buddy, what are you trying to make me jealous?! And I guess it is working as I am writing about it. It’s bad enough that you are so cute that you are always stealing my thunder, but now you are sleeping around! What gives? Maybe Nash is like that bear story where he needs to test out every bed, and yeah, I can’t believe that I can’t remember the name of that story. Goldilocks or something like that. Oh and my parents have already left for NJ for my sister’s for Thanksgiving, as I am working today on Laugh For Sight and heading out to NJ tomorrow, so guess where Nash is as I write this? Yup, in his thrown.

Its been a very busy month, and I have been home for a whopping nine days, so forgive me if I have mentioned some of this before, as the days are beginning to blend together. Nash had his checkup last week, and we are very proud to report that he got a perfect bill of health. He also saw his allergist, and he did not have an ear infection, so his allergy meds are working. Nash got all his shots, and I got his records, as we will be going on a cruise a week from this Sunday. Hey, we can use a little r and r. We have been home for a whopping nine days, and now it is off to New Jersey tomorrow for two nights and three days for Thanksgiving and my niece Siena’s birthday party on Saturday. She will be turning two and we got her a great Elmo gift. No spoiler, as I don’t have to worry about her reading this, at least not yet. Once we get back from NJ Nash and I will be off to Florida for the cruise and to prepare for our inaugural Laugh For Sight South Beach on December 17th at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. The cruise will go to Belize, Grand Caymans, and Cozumel, and I am not sure if I will take Nash off the ship with me or leave him in the cabin, as some of those countries are not the cleanest places, and Nash loves to eat everything in site, and we want him to continue to be safe and healthy, but we do have the option for him to go with me.

This past weekend, we met with two members from The International Guide Dog Council. One from Spain, and one from England, as Guiding Eyes is part of the council and undergoes an assessment every five years. I was surprised that they thought of Nash and me to be assessed, and show off a Guiding Eyes first timer. It is good to know that we are thought of so highly, and it was nice talking with the council and having them watch us work together. I haven’t gotten a phone call that GEB wants Nash back, so we must be doing something right! Happy Thanksgiving to all.

2 Responses to “Does Your Guide Dog Sleep Around?”

  1. Lorraine Says:

    Such awesome news for you and Nash and GEB. I think Nash was just being a good host sleeping with your parents. No doubt he didn’t want them to feel left out. You are and will always be his number 1 peep and your bed will always be his throne!
    Such good news about his check up. So glad his ears are back to normal. You must be glad too as I can’t imagine how difficult cleaning his ears must be for you. How do you know when you’ve gotten all the gook out? Hopefully those days are gone forever!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,
    Lorraine

  2. blindgator Says:

    Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you to. Nash is a great host, its when he goes to other people’s houses and sheds and leaves behind hair that people are finding a month later. We were in NJ for Thanksgiving, and Nash and I shared an air mattress. He really seemed to like it, but he likes any kind of bed. He pretty much slept on top of me last night, and tried to steal my spot at least twice! He is the bed hog!

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