Update!: From The Campbell Kingdom

Hello everyone.

Before I begin, let me make sure to let you know that I am dictating this on my phone. Please, excuse any mistakes.

Next, let me remind those of you who are clients, that I am currently unable to take new submissions. I am only able to share things on to my blog via way of other blogs. However, for those of you who do not blog, but have Facebook pages my advice is to copy things that you have written onto your Facebook pages and make sure to tag me when you do so that I see and share the post.

OK. What has been going on here? First of all, we still do not have a definite diagnosis for campbells on again off again health issues. But, he has made one thing very clear. He is for the most part done with his harness and working. This became very clear over the weekend.

Over the weekend we took several walks with him in and out of harness. We used the same routes all the times that we went out. When I took him in his harness, he seemed to have no interest and did not appear to enjoy himself whatsoever. It seemed to me that he was simply doing what I asked because I asked. It did not seem that he wanted to be doing it. He walked with his head down, tail down, and gave no sign that he was enjoying himself whatsoever.

However, when I took him without his harness, he just walking alongside me on his leash, his head was up, nose in the wind, wagging his tail, making eye contact with everyone we passed, stopping to say hello and truly seeming to enjoy himself immensely.

He was saying to me without doubt, ‘mom, I am done with this harness. Please? Can’t I just be a dog?’ My answer, of course, is yes. I must admit I cried most of the way home. But, he has given me eight wonderful years of service. On April 4, 2019 we will have been together for eight years. I have absolutely no regrets of our time together. We have done some wonderful awesome things and it is simply time to let him retire.

I am not sure when it will happen, but I will be going to get another dog. I must, do the medical portion of my application, and I would like to get a more definite idea of what is causing his health issues before I proceed, but I am certain that Campbell will handle this next phase of our time together as he has done with everything up to this point and that is with precision and obedience. I am also certain as is always the case, he will do a better job emotionally then will I.

Well, for now I am going to go, I have a good book going, and I also need to check in with author, Ann Harrison-Barnes Who is currently hosting an event on Facebook to launch her rebranding of her new book, Out of The Box and electric eclectic book.

Everyone take care, and if you like, please post in the comments section about what you are doing, and where we can find your work.

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13 Responses to Update!: From The Campbell Kingdom

  1. Patty says:

    I would like to make one slight correction. I missed titled the name of the book belonging to Ann Harrison-Barnes name of the book is outside the box. Not out of the box. Dictation got me and I did not catch it. I hope she will forgive me and I hope you guys will check out her book.

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  2. Meredith Burton says:

    I am praying for you and Campbell, Patty, praying that both of you have strength and courage as you face this new chapter in your adventures together.

    I have been busy with school, club and church speaking engagements. Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption has provided me with events and helped me to meet some amazing people. I submitted the audiobook to The Audiobook Reviewers Listeners’ Choice Awards, and finalists will be announced in April. I know competitions for these awards are fierce, but I so want my narrator to receive some recognition for her phenomenal work on the audiobook version of Blind Beauty. She definitely deserves it. One can only try. I also submitted the book to The Realm Makers Parable Award, which recognizes books in the speculative fiction genres. Again, one can only try.

    I am working on revising a story entitled Rebekah’s Refuge, which is a retelling of Rapunzel featuring a blind main character. It needs quite a bit of polishing, and I have set it aside as new ideas try to percolate. Lots of fun adventures.

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  3. pujakins says:

    Praying for you and wishing you a glad outcome for you and for Campbell for your difficult journey ahead. Blessings, Tasha

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    • Patty says:

      Thank you so much for reading, and for commenting. Thank you also for your continued support. You have been with me through a lot. For a long time.

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  4. I quite agree with your opinion on what Campbell was saying. By his behaviour, it’s clear he’s ready to retire, and just be apet, rather than a working dog. I might not have experience with working dogs, but I’ve dealt with pet dogs, and think the lowered head and drooping tail while in harness says it all. I hope you can figure out what his health issues are, so you can make his retirement years comfortable for him.

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    • Patty says:

      Hi, thank you for reading and for commenting. Yes, the head and tail being down, are universal dog and happy language signals.

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  5. Patty, I’m glad to hear that Campbell does enjoy walking on the leash. I hope you find out what the issue is. I’m curious as to whether Seeing Eye dogs are taught to work on leash? Wondering if he was working for you on those leash walks?

    I’m having a host of tech issues, some of which have been going on for six months. My cell won’t send emails (or receive them), one and only one of my gmail accounts won’t be imported into my Outlook email client. And, both the link MS sent me to re-download my Office 2010 and the product key aren’t working. This stuff makes me want to scream.

    There’s still ice and snow behind the barn and mud everywhere else. And, I didn’t get a post up today. I was planning on every Monday or Tuesday if Monday was a holiday, but that didn’t last long. Oh, well, I’m getting practice at being kind to myself when I don’t meet my self-imposed goals. Maybe I’ll take Mo for a jaunt arount the property and see just how muddy a yellow Lab can get.

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    • Patty says:

      Least guiding is not officially taught. However, it does happen. No, he was not working. I was using my cane. His nose was on the ground, he was in true Labrador form.

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      • Patty, That reminds me of my second guide dog, Curly Connor. He was so sensitive and emotionally vulnerable that I didn’t think he’d make it to age two. I retired him at fourteen and a half, and we walked like you and Campbell; him on the leash and me with my cane – except I always put his harness on for the respect we got from the public. Funny thing though, he didn’t think the cane was smart enough to get me safely across the street. When we got to a curb, he bopped me with his snoot and made me pick up the harness.

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      • Patty says:

        Campbell does at times take over. Even win just on his leash. Yesterday though, he was all about being a Labrador. And, I was shown some technique for lease guiding, it just wasn’t officially being taught last time I was there.

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  6. I am sending white light and keeping Campbell in my prayers and thoughts. It is so difficult when they get older. There are so many things that can affect them just as we are affected. Peace and many blessings, Anne

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    • and I didn’t express it, but I mean these things for you too – white light for you and a joyful last few years with your beloved Campbell. Perhaps if you ARE able to get another seeing eye dog, Campbell can walk along at his own speed. I remember I had a mini schnauzer who was so old and he had doggie Alzheimer’s too. Yes, they do get it. Anyway, I bought a baby stroller at a garage sale, and when we went walking with my other dog who was still ok, he rode along in his stroller, and he just loved that. When he had to do necessaries, he would stand up in his stroller, and I would get him and put him down. Then he would squat and take care of necessaries and I would get him and put him back and then pick up. He loved that he was not left behind. I was thinking that some of the bigger dogs suffer from the equivalent of arthritis in their spines and in their legs as they grow older, and though they cannot walk well, they might be able to still enjoy getting out. The harness might hurt his back even though it should not. Well, sending you both our best. Hugs and blessings, Anne

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      • Patty says:

        A younger working dog would walk much faster than Campbell can now walk. Working a new working dog and trying to let Campbell keep up with me would not work. The two might walk together for pleasure, but I’m not going to try to work a new dog, and let Campbell tagalong. That’s not how it works. You have to understand the guy dog process. That just would not work. If you read my book, you will get a better understanding of how this process works.

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