So dawn has broken yet again, the song birds outside are having a good go at waking everything they can. I managed to let the chickens out ( without Quasia’s help). All of natures noise outside has gotten me thinking how lucky I am. I have always loved the lull before dawn the start of the birds, it must be the farmer part of me I guess. I might not be able to see beauty but there are other ways of experiencing it. The sounds are truly amazing, feeling and touching. One of my grandfathers was a true believer in “stopping for a while and experiencing life”, has a young boy and even adult I never quite got the stand still and feel the world around you, life is for living the more I see the more I experience, was my usual thoughts. Now if I rush I usually break something or other. But on the flip side of the coin I learnt to break down the noises and listen to all the different animals.
Someone once said the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence, and has most people I used to want to shove my head over and check for myself. So going about my day today I am going to try and slow down just a bit and smell the flowers and listen to the birds, connecting with nature has it were. Go on try it you might even like it.
There has been quite a lot of media attention about pavement parking in the last couple of weeks even confused.com has had words for it confused why not has the roads need to be kept clear. If you are like me and use the pavements a lot you might understand what a pain it can be. My usual answer is to ask how much their car is worth and then mention that Quasia cost guide dogs £50,000. Put it another way what price on freedom, Quasia is my freedom to lead a normal life, be able to take my girls to school. People who park on pavements lead to me having to release my daughters hand and put them in danger. If you hit a Guide Dog that was in the road trying to get around a parked car how would you feel, would you want your family and friends to know. A WPC told me in Somerset if someone thinks they need to park half on pavement to let other cars get by, should they be parking there at all. Better you walk a extra hundred feet than cost the life of my 4 Footed friend. People who do not park on pavements are doing everyone a simple act of kindness everyday.
Whilst collecting today I had the pleasure of chatting to another Guide Dog owner, like myself they have a couple of young children. A simple thing such as being able to walk your children to school safely, normal for most parents but a massive thing when you are blind. Quasia has been trained to keep me safe, a job all Guide Dogs take very seriously. As much as Quasia looks after my safety, I have the responsibility of minimising the risks she needs to take. It a partnership that we both have a input into. It is the same with my daughters their safety is my concern. I need to know where they are and what they are doing, especially when we are out and about. On a normal pavement I get to have Quasia on my left and my daughters on my right all holding hands. The holding hands is a very important has it gives me a contact point. Now when we are usually walking everything is fine, but when something gets in the way, like a car parked on or blocking the pavement, the problems for me start . Do I let go of Quasia’s harness and risk tripping or falling, or do I let go of my daughters hand and lose control of them to get around the car. It is a hard choice to make and one I am never happy about making.
I am sure that most people if they knew the problems they were causing would not do it. So next time you think you need to park on the pavement, take a moment and think, that one action might just cause someone else harm. A mother with a pushchair, a wheelchair user, a guide dog owner, a senior citizen the list goes on.
So hopefully with a bit of common sense and some education we might be able to stop pavement parking. Instead of plonking a car why not park it somewhere safe.
Wendy Quasia’s puppy walker is one special person in my life. She gave over a year of her life to help someone who she had never even met. She gave love to a animal and started Quasia out on her journey to being a Guide Dog.
I am also lucky to be able to meet quite a few puppy walkers in my local area and call them friends. I am a firm believer in having a positive impact on everyone that I can. Puppy walkers do this everyday with there puppies. They take them everywhere and imprints sounds, smells and sights from a early age. So if you like a puppy every twelve or so months and also change a blind persons life puppy walking.
The reaction that a puppy brings to people especially children is truly amazing but what they grow up to be is life saving.
I am the proud brother, uncle,cousin and friend of quite a few people that work in the emergency services and hospitals. My best friend works at the sharp end of medicine in a Emergency department, all true life savers one way or another. As I said I am very proud of what they all do and I do tell them often.
I am rather lucky that my life saver is usually with me everywhere I go. She keeps me from harm, makes sure that I get to where I want to go (well usually). I am of course talking about Quasia my Guide Dog. Before we became a partnership I was on the whole locked behind my front door, unsure what the world held for me. After my accident I was broken unsure where my life would go. Since Quasia came into my life, I have managed to re-focus my life, stand back up and get on with life.
So it seems life savers comes in all shapes and sizes and mine just happens to have 4 legs and not 2. I have probably said before but people that I do not know and most that I have never met have all helped Quasia in one way or another save my life from the dark place she found me into someone that wants to do the same for someone else