I am so thankful for Zeback and all he does to enhance my life.
Why do we have this dog? We've never had a dog before and I only like cats.
My father's friend, Jim Hughes, showed my dad and the rest of my family the fantastic service that the Seeing Eye does for the visually impaired.
Because of the profound impact Jim's dogs had on his life, my family decided to raise a Seeing Eye dog. However, I was not at all on board with the idea. Prior to the arrival of Autumn, I did not like dogs.
I was distraught that all of a sudden we had a dog. All my life, we had only cats. This was a shock to my system and I was not pleased.
I did not like to hang around Autumn in the beginning, rather I stayed around my cats. Lucy and Lila, my cats, were scared of Autumn. It disappointed me that Autumn came into our house and immediately became the alpha animal.
I was forced to take Autumn for walks, which I did not enjoy much. However, this created opportunities for alone time for the two of us. During these walks, we began bonding.
As Autumn and I became closer, I started to like her. I began to realize why people liked dogs. But, I did not fully believe she could understand human emotions.