Today I’m reposting my tribute to Campbell.
I appreciate everyone who has already read liked and commented on this post.
I’m reposting because there were some typos and a few missing and misspelled words in this that I’d like to remove.
So, here’s the edited version.
To see the original post, please visit: https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/2019/04/04/tribute-to-king-campbell-super-seeing-eye-dog-a-k-a-bubba-8-years-together/
A TRIBUTE TO CAMPBELL REVISITED
APRIL 7, 2019
Photo is of Campbell and me in the courtyard of the nursing therapy center where he remained with me every step of the way throughout my recovery from what was a near deadly illness.
“Patty, this is Campbell, his name is spelled, C A M P B E L L.”
With just those few words, Sr. Instructor Drew Gibbon, and The Seeing Eye changed my life forever. Once the leash which was connected to the most beautiful dog I ever put my hands on had been placed in my hand, there would be no turning back.
“Regrets?” A friend asked not long ago.
“What?” They asked, a note of surprise in their voice.
“Yes, time goes oh, so too fast.”
On April 4, 2011 at around 3 in the afternoon, I was given what has been described as “the best Christmas present in the world.”
That description is accurate to be sure, but it doesn’t do Campbell justice at all.
There are no words created which can do so.
Campbell gave to me freedom, but not just to be able to get from place to place more independently.
What he has done for me over these 8 wonderful years has been oh, so, much more than that.
He has taught me how to love unconditionally, and I afraid. He has taught me the importance of putting other’s needs before your own and doing so with a joyful heart.
He’s given me strength beyond measure, and he’s given and continues to give me love in a way I never knew could possibly exist.
He enabled me to do a job I loved with more confidence and more efficiently than I’d never have believed possible.
He’s opened doors I’d never have believed would’ve ever been open to me, and he’s lead me down pathways I never dreamed existed, let alone believed I’d travel.
This magnificent beastie who has walked by my side guiding me safely everywhere I wanted and needed to go surpassed all my deepest expectations and has served me in a most incredible way.
Now, here we are 8-years later, on our very anniversary day, officially going into yet another phase of our lives. This portion of our journey as all which has gone before us contains many unknown challenges, but I know without doubt that the two of us together can and will handle each one with love, strength, and confidence because those are our team powers, and they are stronger now than ever before.
Over the years, Campbell has taken me onto airplanes, and traveled with me to several faraway lands.
When I became gravely ill in, 2017, he remained faithfully by my side every step of the way and did so without so much as one whimper of complaint, even though there were times when I’m more than sure it was hard for him, at no time did he Falter.
At no time in my life have I before received such love or had such a true, and everlasting friend.
Today, it is with both sorrow and joy I officially announce that, King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog, A.K.A. Bubba is one-hundred percent retired, and now becomes, King Campbell Super Retired Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A. Bubba.
As I write, my fingers tremble and my eyes fill. No other post I’ve ever written before, or will write after has been or will be so hard.
I’d like to say thank you to all who made this fantastic dog possible.
Thank you to his…
Beautiful dog mother and father, puppy raisers, to all his training staff, and finally all those who donate their time, talent, and treasure to the wonderful organization from where he comes.
I’d like to invite, and encourage you to visit: http://www.theseeingeye.org/ . So that you may learn about what is still today the largest and oldest Dog Guide school in the world.
Because of this ancient magical land, there is now a huge Dog Guide movement, and there are, many wonderful schools.
I am and will be ever grateful for this mighty beastie who still goes along with me throughout my life.
On April 12, I’ll go to the doctor for my physical, and the doctor will fill out the paperwork which will complete the application process which will put me into the cue for a new dog.
This is a time in my life which is filled with, excitement, sadness, joy, and fear.
I’ve no doubt, that King Campbell and I can handle all of it together, and that we will do so with little problem.
Thank you to all of you who have traveled with me all this way with me, and I hope you’ll continue to do so as it continues.
To you, my Big Bubba Beastie,
I love you; may mother father God bless you; may harmony find you, blessid be.