“May I help you? the Residence Assistant asked.

“Yes. I need a pole vault.”

“Excuse me?”

“I’m too short from the bed!”

That funny moment happened on my first day at Leader Dogs for the Blind, where I met my amazing Leader Dog Diva. I endured 2 days of pure torture between arriving and meeting my dog.

People often wonder what it’s like going to guide dog school. It’s an adventure, for sure!

Having trained my first 2 guide dogs myself, I was really anxious about having a dog I didn’t pick delivered. “Here’s your do.

Before, I met, temperament tested, and selected my own dog. While I trusted in the universe to deliver me a great dog, I still couldn’t help feeling a little out of sorts.

I’d cried so many tears since Molly passed, and I simply couldn’t fathom life without a dog anymore. Yearning for a dog ached deep inside me. I could hardly wait to meet my new companion.

I’ve been with Diva almost 4 years now! So hard to believe.

Service-dog-and veteran in silhouette representing Walk in My Paws: An Anthology of Service Dog StoriesWalk in My Paws: An Anthology of Service Dog Stories showcases people with disabilities sharing about our dogs. Our disabilities vary widely. A few of the authors are veterans.

The book comes out in Fall with ALL profits going to Freedom Fidos, which trains (mostly) shelter dogs for veterans. Their website is FreedomFidos.org.

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Ronda Del Boccio

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About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Head shot of Ronda Del Boccioselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon.

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