AUTHORS, THEY’RE ONLY HUMAN: Snippets From My Journal #L

DECEMBER 6, 2019.


Insanity is now ruling here in the Campbell Kingdom. I’ve not had time to write all week. I know… I know… I said I was going to get up every morning and write for an hour without fail and up until this week of total system failure, other than a missed day now and then that had been going along fine. Then…

Campbell got sick, I got bitten by the writer’s bug and stayed up all night one night to rewrite my Miss Mazie tale for putting onto my blog and hopefully to sell, and then there’s the release of Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Second Edition to include Wish of the Wee Golden found in the anthology, A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales

So, our routine was scattered hither and yon.


As you can see I’ve hardly had time to do more than grab a bite to eat at the end of the day and fall into bed, so like I always say, I make plans and then the Universe laughs.


Luckily, Campbell once again seems to be on the mend, hopefully for a while this time, my rework on Miss Mazie is complete, and Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing House tells me my new release will be live in 72 hours or less so now, I hope to turn my attention to cleaning the house and decorating a bit.

I must say, through all this insanity I’ve had some great support. My Facebook family, vet, and his staff, clients, email group folks, a few special friends who need not be named, and of course all my campbellsworld followers have been with me every step of the way, and I’m truly grateful.

Though my life this week has been more than a bit HELTERSKELTER I haven’t forgotten…

There is no part of my body which does not belong to the Goddess.

There is no part of my life which does not belong to the Goddess.

I am she, and she is me.

We are one, yet we are we.

So Mote It Be. Blessid Be.


For now, I’m off to do a bit more work here and there for some clients, and then I plan to put in some writing work.

DECEMBER 8, 2019.


Well, here I am starting yet another week. Not many left in this year. I cannot believe an entire year is gone but it seems to me that though there have been some seriously trying times during 2019 it is ending fairly well.

My business is still thriving and though I’m not making a ton of money at it I’m enjoying the work quite a lot and I do have some great ideas for my clients starting in the new year. I’ve found a way to remain in my house, which I find most excellent since I’ve finally found my happy spot here and though Campbell is finally completely retired now he is holding his own where his health is concerned, and since we’ve had some very rough times with that I feel pretty good about that.

Campbell enjoying retirement

Home of the Campbell Kingdom

It’s hard taking care of a senior dog. Especially one that was created to perform a certain task. Thing is, I have to shake my head in disbelief at people who think dogs don’t have any self-awareness. Campbell knows who and what he is, and what he was made to do. He knows he’s not able to do that anymore, and just as it was for me a great adjustment, so has it been for him as well.

The first part of this year was full of our wanting him to continue working and the slow realization for both of us that this just was no longer possible.

The Seeing Eye sent someone in spring to do a Juno walk with me but honestly, I almost wish I’d waited on that. I’ve changed since then and I’m seriously concerned they don’t have enough info to make the kind of match that is needed. But, they’ve got great training staff there so maybe when I finally do go into class they can gather the remaining info they need from me to use whatever dogs they have available to match one to me.

I’ve got some great goals for the new year and in fact, I’ve already accomplished one of them which was to rerelease Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye to include Wish of the Wee Golden. It came out just this weekend. I read it last evening, and the changes Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing House and I made were spot on and enriched the book fantastically. I hope people will buy copies of it for Christmas reading, since the story added is indeed a great Christmas tale)tail.

I feel good today, so I hope to get some much needed housework done. I hate doing housework. Not because I dislike it but because really, I’m not all that good at it. I work hard but at the end of the day most times I feel it’s only half done.

Not being able to see, I always feel I’ve missed things and am pretty sure that’s an accurate assumption.

I don’t qualify for assistance from any of the programs which provide help for disabled persons with such things because I refuse to give up my independence and become homebound. There are other similar programs I might qualify for but though I’ve applied several times for them, it never comes to be because the stupid people in charge of sending out renewal paperwork to keep me on the waiting list cannot seem to get it through their heads that I’m blind and don’t always have someone to read the mail when it comes in and so I keep missing info from them. Why in all hell they cannot make a simple phone call to ask me the few questions needing answered to keep me on list is beyond me. The system, as with all assistance programs is setup to fail. In short our system is TFU!

Anyhow, I could spend an entire day writing about how our system is TFU, but I don’t want to waste my time on things that my rant will never do anything about. If I could afford it I’d hire someone to come in once a week to help, but the least expensive reliable people I ever found still charge more than I could possibly manage to afford. Maybe someday but not now.

Ah well, coffee’s good, day is going to be decent as far as weather goes, and for good or ill I’m alive to experience it all.

For now, I’m off to read a bit of email before time to walk the beasty bubba.



To learn what a Juno Walk is as well as many other things concerning training in The Seeing Eye Dog Guide program see Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life shown in the info below.


Thanks for reading.

May harmony find you, and blessid may you be.






Campbell 2




Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. And as a Social Media Promotional Assistant.

She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye (Volume One Second Edition)

She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light

And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales.

She is now working on her third book which is to be part of a memoir trilogy called, ‘Pathway To Freedom: Broken and Healed’.

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8 Responses to AUTHORS, THEY’RE ONLY HUMAN: Snippets From My Journal #L

  1. Poor Campbell, Patty, it is hard to accept that you can no longer do the things you used to do when you age. I am sure it is the same for him. I assume when you get a new dog that you will still keep him as you have had him for so long and are so attached to him?


    • Patty says:

      Hi Roberta.

      First, thanks for reading and commenting.

      Next, yes, King Campbell will remain here with me. One of the best things about The Seeing Eye is that they allow ownership immediately upon the human handler team’s graduation from the program.

      Most schools retain partial ownership and so many have some say as to what happens at retirement, and this is one of many many reasons I choose this school to get my dogs from.

      I think partial ownership is much like adopting a child only to have the birth parents constantly involved in the raising.

      I’m of course nervous about what it will be like to have a new dog along with one that has been with me for 9 years. This is much like having had an only child who is quite rotten and finding one’s self having a new baby.

      I have made Campbell the center of my world and so he is going to have his snuffling nose out of joint a bit but I believe it will be fine once the kinks are worked out.

      I have not yet informed him that he will be sharing his room. LOL.

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      • I am very relieved to know you will keep Campbell. I remember when I brought my second son, Michael, home from the hospital. Greg was three years old and was also the light of our lives. He was a bit put out for the first month. I remember him lying on the bed when I told him I had to feed the baby and howling “what about me?” Now they are great friends – most of the time [wink].


      • Patty says:


        I think that’s how it will be for Campbell and the new dog.

        When I brought Campbell home, after it having been just the two of us during the month of training at The Seeing Eye, he was jealous of my cat Celine Kitty, and she was absolutely furious at me for bringing home a dog, after about a month they became great pals much of the time and when she passed some years later, he was upset for quite a while.

        My partner at the time, also had a dog and cat and though Campbell liked Rocky dog from the start, he was still quite jealous every time I petted him.

        I figure they’ll work it out.

        Also people tell me Campbell will most likely be relieved that there is another dog to go out and about with me once he gets over the jealousy of it all.

        On one hand I’m nervous about it, on the other I look forward to having another working dog because I don’t like cane travel at all. I’ve no idea how on earth I managed to be a cane traveler so long without killing myself before Campbell. Now that I know the difference between the two modes of travel I find the guide dog experience makes me much more independent.

        The cane can do a lot but it all depends upon the person’s skill and the places they go as to how well that goes. The dog however takes you around all the junk your cane gets tangled up in.

        I never knew how much junk I passed just going into my favorite grocery store until I had to do it with my cane.

        Also, I find going into the store from the bus shelter nearly impossible with a cane because there are know defining landmarks for my cane to find which can guide me safely across the parking lot and driveways. I didn’t do that before Campbell. I always went with someone.

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      • Yes, a good guide dog is a wonderful thing, Patty. I will all work out, I am quite sure.


      • Patty says:


        A training manager who I email with regularly tells me I’ll most likely worry about it more than Campbell.

        This morning he’s snoring as only a Labrador can do.

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      • Patty says:

        They’re the best aren’t they? All happy, waggly, and snuggly.

        I got a great pic of him the other day when a friend was here.

        I’ll share it here soon.


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