Scarlett, who until this week has gone by her public name O'Hara, is my 3rd Seeing Eye Dog, from Morristown NJ.
Unfortunately, earlier this year Scarlett developed a seizure disorder and had to retire from the working dog life. (Not to worry, she has embraced her new role as "pet" with paws wide open!)
It's hard to summarize what my dogs, and especially Scarlett, have meant to me. I started losing my vision at 15, and 3 years later I was matched with my first dog Skye. Who, in addition to going to Disney and College with me, also went with me to study Abroad in France and Israel.
Though Scarlett's working life didn't come with international excursions, it was no less of an adventure!
We were matched in February, 2014. After a particularly turbulent part of my life, we moved into a brand new collapsing apartment together. When I was too poor to afford a bus pass, this dog walked 6 miles a day so I could get to work and back. She went with me when I started back at college, and she walked me across the stage at graduation.
She was there when I moved to NJ and got married, and she was there to help me adjust when I started to lose my hearing.
Though our journey together is ending, her new life as a pet is just beginning. This week she will be going to live with a family wants nothing more than to spoil her with more snuggles than she'll know what to do with!
In honor of my wonderful pup, who has been there through so much, I'd like to raise $1000 for every year of her service. And donate it to the school who was responsible for her training.
So join me in honoring the service of these amazing dogs, and help The Seeing Eye to raise a new generation of service dogs to go out and be guides for so many other amazing people.