Meeting Simba for the First Time

Today was a very good day. Quite honestly, I’m tired since I’ve been up since about 4:15 local time, so I’m going to keep this pretty short.

The big news of the day is of course that I received my guide dog! He is a male yellow Labrador Retriever named Simba. He is 66lb, and almost two years old. Something that I’m amused at is that his birthday is September 26, the day before mine. He listens very well, however he’s still trying to see what he’s aloud to get away with when I’m handling him. From what I’ve seen, he is pretty calm, and loves to work. My favorite thing today was when I accidentally dropped a piece of kibble in front of him; he looked at it, licked his lips, sat down, and waited for me to pick it up and hand it to him. I was very impressed at his self-restraint. I really think that we’re going to get along with each other extremely well, we just have to spend the time building our relationship and trust for one another.

In other news, I still love GDB’s new campus. The food was fantastic today, and everyone (staff and other students alike) are incredibly nice. There is another college student in my class, and her and I are getting along very well. She’s a new handler as well (well, kind of, it’s a long story), so it’s been great talking with her about my fears and joys of having a guide dog.

Tomorrow, we head downtown to work our dogs on some real routes, so that’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m hoping that I can actually sleep until my alarm goes off tomorrow (stupid time change), but we’ll see what happens. Until next time.

Sean