CAMPBELL’S CALAMITIES #3
“People Who Changed My Reality” – Part Two
Patty L. Fletcher
June 23, 2014
Good morning campbellsworld visitors, and followers everywhere!
Today is a very special day for King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba and me.
Today April 4 2018 makes 7-years that Campbell and I have been together.
Now, later today I will post of how we came to be together, but for now I’d like to pay tribute to someone who made that possible.
This post has been put onto campbellsworld before, but I’m sharing it again because without Now retired Senior Instructor Drew Gibbon Campbell and I would not be.
I’m very grateful to Drew, and all The Seeing Eye for mine and Campbell’s wondrous time together. These past 7-years have been the most glorious of my life.
Even with all the trials I have faced, I have had joy. The reason? Simple. Campbell walks proudly by my side each and every-day.
He gives me Unconditional love like no other being ever would ever be willing or able to do.
He gives me Unflinching Guidance no matter the road we travel.
He Listens to, and Keeps all my deepest secret Dreams, Hopes, and Fears.
He is my Very Best Friend, and without Campbell I would fur sure be “Lost and Afraid.”
So, it is with those thoughts I share with you the following post.
As always Campbell and I are grateful you’ve stopped by, and we hope you’ll come back later today to learn more of how we came to be.
The following post is another from the RGQ Online magazine, and my column Campbell’s Calamities.
This is a post about someone for whom I will be ever grateful.
From what I understand Mr. Gibbon is now retired from The Seeing Eye, and I can feel certain when I say he will be truly missed by many.
And now, a blast from the past!
On April 2, 2011, I went to The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey, and my life changed forever. The first thing — or the first person, I should say — to enter my life while I was there and to make a huge change in it was my instructor, Drew Gibbon. As you will learn when you read my book, I’d had a rough trip getting there, had had very little to eat in nearly 12 hours, and was completely exhausted by the time I arrived. I was frightened beyond belief and was even thinking that maybe I had made a mistake by going there in the first place.
Then enter Mr. Gibbon. He immediately put me at ease. He was so nice, polite, and reassuring. He answered all my questions and did not make me feel small or stupid for asking them. He did not belittle me in any way. He was kind, considerate, and very gentle to me.
It was the same all through training. Drew taught me things like how to handle and work Campbell, how to be safe while doing so, and — well, just everything I could possibly need to know to get me started on the way to my wonderful life as a Guide Dog handler. But Drew taught me much more than that. He taught me how to believe in myself. He taught me the value of taking chances, how to trust myself and my own judgment once again. He encouraged me to reach out and take hold of life, to live it to the fullest, and to not let others decide for me how I would do that.
At first, I didn’t think I could do any of that. If you read my book, you’ll learn that when I first went home with Campbell, I actually tried to slip back into the role of obedient girlfriend/fiancée. But soon I began to realize that the man I was engaged to was not all that he had seemed to be, and that in fact, he was holding me back. So, gradually, I began to put what Drew had taught me into practice. Soon I was running instead of walking and loving every minute of it. I literally found a truer freedom than I had ever thought possible, and I am now the happiest I have ever been in my life.
Yes, there are still problems in my life, things I’d like to set right. But at the same time, I am doing things now that I had never done before. I know that I would never have become what I am today if I had not had the fantastic privilege of meeting and working with Drew Gibbon. So, Campbell and I would like to give a huge thumbs up to The Seeing Eye and their instructors, and especially to Mr. Drew Gibbon, Sr. Instructor of The Seeing Eye.
Drew, without your gentle guidance, kindness, and care, I would never have gotten to where I am now. Thanks so much for being you and for being my instructor.
Note: THE SEEING EYE and SEEING EYE are registered trademarks of The Seeing Eye, Inc. http://www.SeeingEye.org
This column was lightly edited by Leonore H. Dvorkin, of Denver, Colorado.
Editor/Publisher of, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life
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Seeing Eye, Inc.See: http://www.SeeingEye.org
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