The sun shown warm and bright through the windows as I straightened the house and gathered up a load of laundry for the washing machine.
As I worked, Campbell followed me from place to place, flopping onto the floor of each room, giving a louder and more disgusted sounding sigh each time.
Soon I was done with my work, and was just about to settle into my recliner, when Campbell, who was obviously more than a bit restless went to the door which I’d left open, so he could see out, and gave a mighty jingly jangly shake.
“What’s up Bubba?”
Thump Thump! Went his tale on the door.
“Someone out there?”
Jingle Jangle! Went his tags, and bell.
I went to the door, and opened it, and after listening for a moment determined there was no one there.
Came Campbell’s mournful voice from the floor where he’d flopped once again.
“OK Bubba. You win. We’re going out. Furthermore, we are going for an honest to goodness real walk. So, get your walkin paws on.”
As I slipped into my shoes and hoody, Campbell could barely contain himself. He wagged, and wiggled, pranced, and danced.
“Goodness Bubba, I know you don’t need to park that badly. We’ve only been home from the drugstore a little over an hour, and you went on the way in.”
“Sneeze!” came his reply.
Finally, we were all ready to go. Me in my hoody and walking shoes, with cane in hand, and Campbell leashed, and standing impatiently beside the door.
Once we were outside, and down the steps onto the walk, Campbell turned toward the yard, but before he could step one paw in I said, “Hey! Bubba, let’s go this way. OK?”
I started us down the walk toward the front gate, and as soon as he saw where we were headed he began wagging his tale furiously round and round, going faster and faster as we went.
“Keep that up, and we’ll be flying before we hit the street.” I laughed and opened the gate.
Cautiously I put out my cane and ran the tip along the walk first in one direction, then the other, extending it as far as it would go, listening to the traffic along the streets in front and to either side as I did.
Soon I had an idea of what went where, and off we went.
We walked along the walk, with Campbell wagging and sniffing happily along the grassy verge between the walk and street, and me trailing along the fence at the edge of our front yard as we went.
Soon we’d made it all the way to the other end of the walk, and Campbell had relieved himself twice.
The wind was blowing through my hair, and the sun shown down with such warmth that I could not help but begin to sing.
Soon we’d walked all the way back to our gate, and thumping it loudly with my cane I said, “YAY! Campbell’s House! Inside!”
I took us onto the walk that led to our front porch, shutting the gate behind me before walking away.
Once we’d gotten to the steps and I’d shown Campbell that this was what I wanted of him, I asked, “Want to go again?”
Don’t anybody tell me these dogs do not understand what we say to them. I will tell you that you’ve no idea what you are talking about.
Before I could ask a second time, Campbell was turning back toward the street, and soon we were making our way down the walk alongside our fence once again.
We walked up and down the walk, stopping at the gate each time with me thumping the post with my cane saying happily, “YAY! Campbell’s house!” Then off we’d go again.
When we’d finally had enough I turned us back toward home, and we were soon back in our little house safe, happy and full of sun and fresh air.
Later in the afternoon after Campbell had his Tummy O’clock Time we went back out for another wonderful windy waggily walk.
Now, here we are, happy and content, and I’m betting we will both sleep better tonight.
Until next time this is Patty who is very proud of what we have accomplished this day, and Campbell who is snoring and dream running on the loveseat saying…
Happy are we in the Campbell Kingdom. May harmony find you, and blessid be.
Would you like to know how Campbell and I came to be together?
If so, continue reading below.
Please note, the book Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life is available from the National Library For the Blind and Physically Handicap and Book Share as well.
Bubba Tails Media Kit
Welcome to my Media Kit King Campbell and I are pleased to present some wondrous stories and art work to you all. Enjoy.
Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Written by Patty L. Fletcher Told by, King Campbell Lee – The Seeing Eye Dog AKA Bubba
In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfill her destiny?
The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A great play on words from King Campbell
Patty Lyne Fletcher in her own words (October 2017
About me and my crew
I’m a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls, and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later on. I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee—a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames.
About my blindness
I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991, at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.
Where I live and work
Currently, I live and work in Kingsport, Tenn. I used to work for CONTACT-CONCERN of Northeast Tennessee, Inc. I left that position in order to spend time with family and pursue my writing full time.
Why I write.
I wrote Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life to tell the story of how going to The Seeing Eye™ and getting Campbell, learning to love, handle, and work him, then coming home and adding him to my life, gave me true freedom. I tell of how changing from being a 31-year cane user to being a guide dog handler taught me things about myself I had never known before. I tell of the wonderment I experienced when I finally took that chance.
A major goal of mine is to help others who find themselves in domestic violence situations. I also want to help others learn more about mental illnesses and how different situations and environments can drastically affect those with such challenges. I tell how training affected me physically as a result of the fibromyalgia I deal with, along with the side effects of the medications I take. I focus on bipolar disorder, on how it can go horribly wrong and cause a person to behave in ways they normally would not.
Another thing I have attempted to show is how, in certain institutional settings, attachments can develop—and how those attachments can become unhealthy for all concerned if they are not handled correctly. Most simply, I want others to know more about me.
In Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye, it is King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba’s turn to tell his tale.
While helping to ready a group of pups to go and meet their puppy raiser families, so they too, might one-day become Seeing Eye dogs, he tells of what it was like for him, to grow up and become a Seeing Eye dog.
My hobbies include reading, writing, music, and standup comedy. I also like nature walks, light hiking, tent camping, and fishing. No, I am not afraid to bait a hook.
Music I enjoy
My favorite types of music are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country, as well as some present-day country music. I also like meditation music.
My favorite books and authors
I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. I love the books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and many more. My favorite books include
Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.
My spiritual faith
I am a spiritual walker. I claim no particular faith, either Christian or pagan. I simply know that there is God and Goddess, or Mother Father God, as some call her/him. I lean toward the natural approach, or Druidism (Druidry), as it promotes harmony and respect for all beings, including the environment. I am also very interested in herbs and their healing properties.
Corner the Comfort Zone.
Patty & Pals
Bob Cat And Friends
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