Junebug and the Little Red Tricycle

The little red tricycle by it’s self on the side walk. A second photo of Junebug sitting and posing beside it. © 2014

Happy New Year my friends! Yesterday was a beautiful (albeit cold) winter day here in Kentucky. The sun was shining which always makes me extra waggly. It was a cool 25° F (feels like 19° F) which is about -4º C (feels like -7º C) outside. The frigid weather did not keep me from working.

Yesterday morning I guided mom to an appointment. After that, I guided her on a walk. I had the good fast pace that she likes going and then I came to an abrupt stop. I was telling her to explore because there was an obstacle on the sidewalk. You know what I did? I kept her from walking into or tripping over a child’s tricycle (see photo), wags. I was so very proud of myself and mom was so very proud of me. She praised me and gave me kisses on my forehead. You see that’s something she quite possibly could trip and hurt herself over — that is however, if she did not have me or was walking without a white cane or assistance. I was trained by my alumni, Guide Dogs for the Blind how to handle situations like that one. I was trained how to alert my handler (my mom) when an obstacle on our path is in the way. After mom finished praising me, she had a light bulb moment — she thought what a great opportunity it would be to record such an encounter and to share with all of you. She thought it would be an educational moment, to give you a little glimpse into what a Guide Dog like myself can do for the blind and visually impaired. Then she realized, it was also a great reminder to be appreciative of what we may perceive as “the little things in life.” Are they really small? For my mom, what some may see as a little red tricycle on the sidewalk is a reminder of how grateful and blessed she is to have me as her Guide Dog. For  her I am a freedom. So, do you know what she did? She made a video! She had me back up and rework the scene as she recorded it on her phone. And, then I came home and wrote this blog post. How PAWesome is that?

Junebug enjoying her Kong Extreme toy filled with a few pieces of frozen banana and peanut butter. © 2014

Junebog and her Kong  ExtremeJunebog and her Kong  ExtremeTrader Joe's Peanut Butter Junebug enjoying her Kong Extreme toy filled with a few pieces of frozen banana and Trader Joe’s unsalted peanut butter. © 2014

You know what also is PAWesome? When I guided her back home, she rewarded me with a woofderful Kong Company Extreme toy filled with a few pieces of frozen banana and Trader Joe’s creamy unsalted peanut butter (from unbleached peanuts). Wags wags wags, it was so delicious. Mom said it was also well deserved. She said I’ve done another whole year of doing an excellent job of guiding her. She handed me the Kong Extreme filled treat and said, “Cheers, to you Junebug!”

Alright, are you ready to watch the video? Don’t be disappointed if you’re blind or visually impaired. Mom made a point to describe what was happening. If you are hearing impaired, there are subtitles. So, without further ado, I present to you my first video published on my new YouTube channel:

Enjoy and let me know what you think. If you like what you see, keep following my blog and invite your family and friends to do so as well. I’m a social Bug — so be sure to follow me on social media. Have a Happy New Year!

Wags,

Junebug

* Note from my mom, Margeaux: Thank you for watching this video. I am an advocate, motivational speaker and artist. I also happen to be partially blind/visually impaired. Please feel free to visit my site margeauxgray.com. If interested in contacting me and or booking me (and Junebug of course, too!) for your event, please click here and fill out the contact form.

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13 thoughts on “Junebug and the Little Red Tricycle

  1. Good Morning, and Happy New Year, from WI. I’ve done in the past is help plot a guide dog course, for those who are blind or visually impaired, I’m also an advocate too. Image is Left my other half Dan J. He is standing behind me with a beard and western red and white shirt, right is me Ginny-Virginia K wearing a gray and blue shirt with black sparkles on it.

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    • Hello, Ginny! Thank you for sharing this with me. That’s really neat that in the past you have helped set up guide dog courses. I like a good challenge, wags. Your photo sounds lovely and patriotic. Kudos to you for also being an advocate and thank you. I hope you have a very Happy New Year, wags!

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    • Woofhoo, I’m so happy to hear that you were excited to see this. I love puppy raisers! So, thank you so much for being a Guide Dogs puppy raiser. You all are essential to guide dogs like myself becoming a guide. Have a very Happy New Year, wags!

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    • Hi Isobel, thank you so much. I’m really happy you enjoy reading about my adventures. That is so woofderful of your and your family to have adopted a retired guide dog. It’s so important that guide dogs have a happy retirement. That why it’s great that people like yourself adopt. I bet she/he is a little spoiled. Am I right? Keep following my adventures, many more are to come and be shared. Hope you all have a Happy New Year, wags!

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      • Not sure what you mean about our new/old friend being “a little soiled” – do you mean ‘spoiled’?
        When Nolan came to us in September he was overweight and had some lumps and bumps, which had to be surgically removed – he was nicknamed ‘zombie dog’.
        Now he is slimmer and trimmer, probably because he is always off leash – people who first met him 2 or 3 months ago think he is getting younger…
        Happy New Year to you and your mom!

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      • Oops, sorry about the “soiled” typo (I’ll fix it)! Sometimes when typing my paws get in the way. 🙂 Yes, I most certinly meant spoiled. How old is he? Yes, I bet his newer slimmer figure is likely because of the exercise he’s getting. What fun for him! I bet he does look younger and I’m sure he is feeling better, too.

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      • Nolan is 11 years young.
        We live in a rural area where he can be free all the time – the 1st time he was loose he ran and played with our other senior dog, but the next day he could hardly move…
        Walking on pavement for almost 10 years is physically stressful – we are pleased that he is so happy and healthy in his ‘forever’ home.
        P.S. We are impressed with your typing skills, Junebug!

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      • Yes, I would imagine 10 years of guiding on pavement is physically stressful. I am as well so very glad that he is happy at his forever home. He deserves it, wags!

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  2. As a former puppy raiser, I love watching your fun videos and adventures! I kept my last puppy that didn’t make it! Her name is Lily and she is a black lab! I love that you share these moments, so awesome to see your June bug working and the wonderful life you have together!

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    • Thank you so much for your kind comment. I truly appreciate your feedback. Our partnership is a true gift. It makes me happy to know you are enjoying the adventures. Also, thank you for raising guide dog puppies. Lily sounds like a precious and Labradorable black Lab. ❤

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