At one point three very tall males, a father and his two teenage sons, encircled her. They just melted when they saw her. She greeted them with the same tenderness. I was so happy to see that she wasn't afraid or intimidated by all of the attention she received by the people we met at our first ever fundraising event. We had such a great time meeting people and talking about service dogs and service dog training. It was such fun.
We recently went to a fund raising event for the Ray Graham Service Dog Foundation. She was a charmer and sweet as could be. I started to have a difficult time standing so we left after two hours. There was another wonderful service dog there and a woman and her family who were from Japan who loved Coco too.
It's funny. I remember thinking that a service dog was going to open up my life because I would be able to paint outside or go to an art festival or be out around people. When I was feeling overwhelmed I could focus on my service dog and maybe I would be able to leave the comfort of these walls that keep the world at a distance and get another small piece of my life back. If I got disoriented or dizzy from walking on uneven ground she would help me to stay balanced. Now I am realizing that even with Coco, I still have limitations to consider when making plans. I will need to figure out how to pace myself at events even with Coco.
Today I was still in a lot of pain and could barely stand on my feet. When the rain eased I opened the door and asked Coco if she wanted to go outside. She just stood there and looked at me and then went and got her new bone and gave it to me. Something she did once before when I slammed my finger in the screen door.