In this photo, I’m waiting for my turn for an exam. I rode in the back on the four-hour drive to something called an “Animal Eye Clinic” in Denmark, Wisconsin. John, Coleman and Korbel were somewhere up front. We parked in this gravel parking lot way out in the country, and the next thing we knew three other cars pulled up, all with dogs in them. Let’s see – there were Kaiser, Mogli, Jean, Johnny B, & Magic. And Maui. I know Maui, of course. It was nice to see her again. All the people were wearing masks. (The dogs were not wearing masks.) It’s a good thing I have a strong sense of smell, so I could tell who was who.
John held us while some woman put drops in our eyes while we were waiting in the parking lot. He said it was to “dilate” them, whatever that means. Well, we found out what it meant just a few minutes later. Everything looked crazy. I was really good about letting her put the drops in my eyes. Korbel and Maui were good about it, too. We trust John. Magic was a problem. I’m not sure he trusts anyone. But with enough people holding him, he finally got drops in his eyes too.
Then one dog at a time, John took the dogs into the clinic, into a very dark room. There a woman (John said she was a doctor) aimed a bright light into my eyes. She had her face right next to mine. It was creepy. She smelled good, though, and she said I was a good girl. She said my eyes were perfect, and I learned later that she said the same thing about all the other dogs.
Lois arranged the whole thing. It seems that before we can get evaluated by a GDMI (Guide Dog Mobility Instructor) and move on to our final training, we all have to get our eyes tested. We’ll also have to have a vet check out our hips and joints. I don’t know about my joints, but I’m pretty sure my hips are just fine. You can ask Korbel if you don’t believe me.
After our eye exams, we drove for another four hours. I was a really good dog. Never complained once.
I miss my New Lisbon handlers, and my dog friends who are still there. But they shouldn’t worry about me. I’m getting lots of love and affection. Everyone who pets me says that I’m gentle and loving. And very smart. They say you did a great job with me, which says something about both of us, I suppose.