King Campbell is a black seeing eye labrador who is wearing a golden crown with red fabric inner and a white fur band. Around his shoulders is a cloak of red velvet and white fur. He had his tongue hanging out to the left and a blue collar. Art work is by Hagan Plaisted aged 17.
First, tell us, in your own words, a little about you.
Hi, my name is Bubba, well, Bubba is the nickname made of love that my human mother gave to me. My real name is King Campbell-Lee, Seeing Eye Dog.
Something I must tell you though, is this.” I was not always a king. It was not until my mother loved me that I became so.
“A long, long time ago, when I was very small you know, I was taken from my dog mommy and given to a family. I thought I would stay there. I thought they’d be my forever people, but that was only the very beginning of my journey. I had many people there to love me, and they all taught me lots of neat things. They helped me to learn to sit and come. They helped me learn to lay down and to rest. That means to stay. They helped me to learn to go into big stores; ride in cars, planes, and trains, and to not be afraid. They helped me to Learn how to lie quietly in places to eat, and while watching plays at the theater, and just all sorts of neat things. These neat people even took me on all their vacations. I tell you I couldn’t imagine a better life than the one I had with them, but turns out I didn’t even know the half of what was to come. Now, all this time, my family had been working with trainers. Trainers are very wise humans who teach dogs to use their different powers.”
One day the family I’d lived with all this time began to talk about a special trainer I was going to go away with to a place called ‘The Seeing Eye.’ I did not want to do this. I wanted to stay with my family. I loved them. We even had a beautiful cat. The family who would raise me had gone out and gotten a wee kitten just the same age as me, so I would know how to live with a cat without frightening or hurting it. Try as I might now, I can’t remember her name. I remember we grew up together, and we were very good friends. We played many games of tag and hide and seek together, and there were many nights when she would sleep on top of my crate. I can still remember the sound of her purring. I did not want to go, but one day I had no choice. I was taken away and I would never see those people again. I wanted to whimper. I wanted to howl, I wanted to bark and bark, but still, I had to go. When I got to this place, ‘The Seeing Eye,’ everything was strange to me. I lived in what was called a kennel, and with lots of other dogs. Now, these dogs had all had families like me, and they had all been taken away from them like me, so they all understood me and how I felt. I was very very sad, but there was nothing to do about it. You see us doggies we don’t get much of a choice. The only way at all ever that we can say we don’t want to do this work is to simply refuse to do so when asked, and I have to say that once I got started I liked it.
Where do you live?
I live in a most awesome land called, Kingsport Tennessee.
Who, are the special people in your life
There are many wonderful people in my life. Some are…
Trainer Drew Gibbon, Bobby Donald, Friend Lady Jane, and Mr. Dave Light, but the most special of them all is my human mother.
Her name is Mommy. Oh! Well, you may know her better by her human name, Patty L. Fletcher. She is a most loved, and very famous person in our land. She has written a book.
Now, to us doggies, books are rather tricky things. Even though, I have a story to tell, I could never write it all down, and so, since my human mother has already written one, called, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, which, by the way, is all about how she and I came to be together, and all the most incredible things that happened after, I’m letting her make sure it is written down, just as it should be.
Do you have any pets?
I do not have any pets. My human mother and I did have another dog, named Rocky, and two cats, named, Celine Kitty, and Kitty Bob, but Rocky became unhappy being left alone all the time, while my mother and I went out and about town, to that place my mommy called work, so we helped him find another wonderful home to live in, and now, he has his very own kingdom, with his very own people.
Celine Kitty, and Kitty Bob, have gone onto the Rainbow Bridge, where all is peace and love, and sad though it is, from there, they may never return. Although, I must say, Celine Kitty does come every now and then, in her spirit self, just to make sure I do not forget just how very annoying cats can be.
What are your likes, and dislikes?
Oh! My! I must admit, I love food. I love anything to eat, whether it is dog, or people food, if it can be eaten, it is almost at the very tip top of my list. But the thing I love most of all, is working for my mommy.
I so very much love taking her all the places she needs, or wants, to go, and I delight in knowing that I am making sure she is as safe as she can possibly be while doing it.
What are my dislikes? Well, there are dumb things like baths, that take away my doggy smell. There are shots, that annoy me, and there are things like medicines that my mommy sometimes makes me take. But, the thing I dislike the most, the biggest Pfui in the whole wide world, is when people tell my mommy she cannot bring me into a place with her. That makes me so very angry, that I want to bite those who tell her so, and while I know I must not, I dream of it often.
What are your hobbies?
Ummm? My hobbies? Well, let’s see…
I like to chase balls, when my human mommy, or her friends throw them for me. I like to go for long leisurely sniff-fests in the yard, when there is nothing much else to do, and I absolutely love to chew my bones.
What keeps you going?
Why, my human mother’s love.
What is your favorite song?
My favorite song is a song that my human mother sings to me while I am going to sleep at night. It is a song my human mother wrote just for me, and the words go…
“You are my Bubba, my great big bubba.
You make me happy every-day.
You’ll never know, my great big bubba, how much I love you, and in my heart, you always, will stay.
And, together, every-day, you and I will, work, and play.”
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is ‘One-Hundred and One Dalmatians’ I love the part where Rolly says, “I’m hungry mother. I’m hungry.”
I know something about that. He, had different reasons for being hungry at times during that movie, but even when they were found, taken home, and all was safe and warm, he was, still hungry.
I also love Homeward Bound. Chance, is a pup after my own heart, and Sassy Cat, well, if Celine Kitty could have been in a movie, that would’ve been it.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite book, is the one my Human mother wrote. Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life. You see, my mother wrote that book to teach folks all about the magickal and ancient land from which I come. She also wrote it to talk to folks about something called mental illness, which she has. She also wrote it to tell of a most awful Pfui called Domestic Violence.
That, humans, is most terrible. I know, I saw it done to my human mother, and there was nothing at all I could do about it, except to love her through it. You, though, you can, if you know of it, try and help.
Who is your favorite author?
Why, my human mother of course, and well, I must admit, I like that human writer named Stephen King too. My mother and I read books by him, and when Mommy gets afraid, she snuggles very close, and that is quite nice, so I like him because he makes her want to snuggle me.
What is your favorite food?
What is my favorite food? Are you kidding? I do not know how to answer that! Goodness Sakes! I’m a Labrador! Everything is good!
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote in all the lands everywhere, far and wide was said by my wise, and ancient Trainer Drew. He said it many many times to my human mother while we were working to learn how to be together. Had he not, we might not have ever made it.
It is, “Take a chance, there’s a fifty percent chance you’ll be right.”
I never knew what that meant at first, but after a while, I understood, and now, I cannot think of any other that makes my heart sing with joy any more than that.
What is your favorite affirmation?
“It’s all good in the hood.” My human friend Michelle Eremity says that. I like it because whenever my mommy says it, she smiles, and I know she is thinking of our people.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I hate it, when my nose smells the best smell ever, and my human mother says, “Leave it”
What do you think your best strengths are?
The big big love I have in my heart, and the work I do for my mommy.
How do they help you in your work?
If I did not have big big love in my heart, and if I did not like what I do for my mommy, I would not be a very good Dog Guide, and that would be a very bad thing.
What are your weaknesses, and, how are you working on making them stronger?
Oh! Well, if you must know, my biggest weakness is food, and I am working very hard to not want so much of it.
What is your dream for the future?
How, does that relate to your work, as a writer?
My biggest dream for the future, is a world where all humans, and animals, from all lands everywhere are accepted, wanted, and loved.
This dream helps me tell my tail/tale because I know if enough people can learn about what it is I do, and from where I come, they too will know how very important it is, and all those who try and stop it from happening will one day be stopped from that Pfui for good.
What is your preferred way of communicating?
The Twilight Bark.
How, can someone reach you if they’re interested in buying from you, or working with you, in some way?
Well, if you want to use the Twilight Bark, you can do it by going out of doors at sundown, standing in your yard, and barking what it is you want told as loud as you can, for as long as you can do it, but since most of you who are reading are humans, I suppose you can email my mommy at: email@example.com
I recommend the Twilight Bark, it is much more reliable, and has been around for as long as there have been dogs.
Is there anything about you, that you’d like to share, that I’ve not covered here?
There is one more thing. I have a great wish. I wish that someday all those humans who are not in mine and my mommy’s life will come back, and that we can gather together, and love one another forever.
I wish also that our book, Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye would sell one-million copies. I do not know all I know about such things, but I know when my mommy thinks of that her smile is the brightest ever.
We, want all people everywhere to know all they can know about Seeing Eye Dogs, and all their wondrous powers. Before I go, I just want to say, that I’m very glad to have been given this opportunity to speak. Many times, I have things to say, but because no one asks me, I must remain silent.
Now, I feel my voice is heard too, and I am grateful.
A Little about King Campbell A.K.A Bubba
King Campbell was born in Chester N.J. November, 28 2008.
He lived with his Dog Mother and Litter Mates until he was approximately eight weeks old, and then he went to live with his Puppy Raisers.
Then, when he was just over a year-old he was taken away from his Puppy Raiser family by a wise and ancient trainer, so he could go and live in the magickal and ancient land of The Seeing Eye, where his training truly began.
After only four short months he was chosen to become the guide of his now human mother Patty L. Fletcher author of this book. He now lives in the land of Kingsport Tennessee with her, and there they live a wonderful life. They have many magickal and at times challenging adventures, but through it all King Campbell does his very best to keep all he loves safe from harm.
Hello, this is Patty, King Campbell’s human mother. We’d like to thank you for reading all that King Campbell had to say, and now, we’d like to invite you to learn more about his homeland. You may, if you wish, visit the website shown below. If you feel so moved, you may, make a donation to this magickal and ancient land, and if you do, please let them know that, Patty and King Campbell A.K.A Bubba sent you.
Until next time, this is Patty and Campbell saying…
May harmony find you, and blessid be.
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