An Award

Today I was reading through some of the blogs I follow and was pleasantly surprised to find out that Spark and Madison had given us an award.

Thanks guys! We really enjoy reading all about your adventures too!

Here it is!

The rules are simple.

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded it to you.
2. Link posts by you and 10 fellow bloggers that you find inspirational.
3. Forward the award to those 10 fellow bloggers.

The first blog is written by my good friend Jess. I met her and her now retired Leader Dog Jetta, at a time when I needed someone to show me that Cessna and I could work out as a team. Cessna and I had been together for just over a year at this point and I still wasn’t sure things would work. Jetta is a lot like Cessna in energy and work ethic so through meeting her with Jess, I realized that with a little more hard work and patience things could go okay.

The second is written by another friend of mine, Amy. I met Amy when she was fostering her second Dog Guides puppy, Winter. It was through this friendship that I came to learn that one of the former CVC trainers had started his own program and needed foster families. Amy fostered Ruby for Autism Dog Services and we raised Aiden and Reece.

The third blog I have chosen for this award is written by a man who educates people with intellectual disabilities on their rights and how to say “no”. I find his blog inspirational, because he’s not afraid to stand up for himself and those who are unable to voice their own needs.

The next two blogs are written by two fellow dog guide users and I find them each inspirational for their own reasons. L^ calls herself a introvert and someone who is quiet, but I find her writing to be both educational and inspirational. She may be quiet and shy in person (we’ve never met) but through her blog we’ve all gotten a glimpse of who she is without the “mask”. I’m not saying she wears a mask or hides, but I’m sure she understands what I’m trying to say.

Then, there’s RO. I have also never met her, but look forward to reading her blog because she gives me the motivation to keep fighting because she’s never given up in all her battles.

The last five blogs are all written by women who have taken on the task of raising and training their own service dogs. I first started reading each of them after the first Assistance Dog Blog Carnival I participated in and have enjoyed reading about their adventures through the training process. It wasn’t always a smooth ride, but each woman has taught me some of the valuable lessons I will need to teach my little “future guide dog hopeful”.

I started thinking about the possibility of raising and training my own dog when I was almost done with Aiden, but through reading the blogs of these women, I realized that this journey was exactly what I wanted to embark upon.

And, now I’d like to present the following blogs with The Inspiration award:
1. At A Glacial Pace
2. Me And My Pups
3. Rolling Around In My Head
4. Dogs Eye View
5. In The Center Of The Roof
6. By My Side
7. After Gadget
8. The Dog House
9. Flight Of The Phoenix
10. Through A Guide’s Eyes

Thank you Spark and Madison for giving us this award.

And, thank you Jess, amy, Dave, L^, RO, Katrin, Sharon, Ms. PawPower, Phoenix’s Mom and Karyn for inspiring me through your blogs and/or friendship.


  1. Oh, that was a very nice post. Thank you so much for this award and the very sweet things that you wrote-you are pretty inspirational yourself. 🙂
    I’ve read a lot of these blogs and have had the honour of meeting Miss L^2 but some I have not so will definitely check them out. Thanks again

  2. thanks 🙂

  3. Hi Y’all,

    Such a moving and inspirational post in itself.

    I’m off with my Human to visit the blogs which you honored.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  4. Thank you, Brooke! 🙂

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