Guest author: Patty L. Fletcher (and Seeing Eye Dog Campbell Lee – aka Bubba) Bubba Tails: Awakening to love

To many, waking up with a big hairy dog for a companion every-day might seem rather trivial.

To me, it is one of the very best parts of the entire week, hands down.

The following tells the (tail) tale better than I can do it now.

It is just before Thanksgiving, 2017. For those who don’t know, the King, Campbell Lee A.K.A Bubba is a BIG BLACK LABRADOR, and my Seeing Eye Dog Guide. The entire center of my world.

This morning I woke just before 4 AM. I wanted very much to sneak past the King’s room, and pee, drag my blanket to my favorite nest on the love-seat and snooze for another little bit while the coffee made, and it got closer to a reasonable hour, but noooo!

I went into the bathroom with no noise, no problem at all, then, the unthinkable!

My scales! Those blasted talking scales! Those blasted talking motion sensitive scales. Those blasted talking motion sensitive, loud-mouthed scales!!! Spoke! Saying…

“Please step on the scale.”

And then…

Thump! Thud! He was up, and awake.

Now, King Campbell, A.K.A Bubba does not awaken slowly. No, not even at just a few days before turning 9-years-old, which in dog years is over 60-years-old.

NOOOO! Not he. He, wakes all at once.

He, becomes “Live and in person!”

And.

In a big, big way!

So, there went snoozing in my favorite nest. There went waiting on fresh coffee to drip into the pot, spreading its wonderful smell all throughout the house, which by the way is part of the waking up process.

It was all gone, but what took its place, priceless.

King Campbell, A.K.A Bubba came charging in. Slipping and sliding on the linoleum.

Wigging and wagging, jingling, and jangling, all the way.

To Love, and chew on me. To give me kisses, and say…

“Oh! My Mommy! I love you! Can I help you do something? Need to go somewhere? I’m ready, let’s go!”

And, at that moment all the rest seemed so unimportant, kind of like some long-forgotten toy.

How blessed am I to have such love to start my day?

Thank you to The Seeing Eye for putting this most wonderful, loving being into my life.

May you truly be blessed for many moons to come.

If you are a blind person, and you’d like to become more independent, and experience this wondrous love while doing so here’s how…

Visit:  http://www.TheSeeingEye.org

If you’d like to help continue this wondrous work, that The Seeing Eye does, for many moons to come, send them a donation.

No matter which you decide to do, if you do, tell them King Campbell A.K.A Bubba sent you.

Until next time, this is Patty, who had her first cup of coffee sitting on the edge of Bubba’s bed after he’d been fed and walked, and King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog, A.K.A Bubba saying…

May harmony find you, and blessed be.


Patty Lyne Fletcher in her own words

About me and my crew

I’m a 49-year-old single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls, and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later on.

I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee—a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames.

When and where I was born

I was born in November, 1967 in Kingsport, Tenn., where I also grew up.

About my blindness

I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991, at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.

Where I live and work

Currently, I live and work in Kingsport, Tenn.

I used to work for CONTACT-CONCERN of Northeast Tennessee, Inc. I left that position in order to spend time with family and pursue my writing full time.

Why I write.

I wrote Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life to tell the story of how going to The Seeing Eye™ and getting Campbell, learning to love, handle, and work him, then coming home and adding him to my life, gave me true freedom.

I tell of how changing from being a 31-year cane user to being a guide dog handler taught me things about myself I had never known before. I tell of the wonderment I experienced when I finally took that chance.

A major goal of mine is to help others who find themselves in domestic violence situations. I also want to help others learn more about mental illnesses and how different situations and environments can drastically affect those with such challenges.

I tell how training affected me physically as a result of the fibromyalgia I deal with, along with the side effects of the medications I take.

I focus on bipolar disorder, on how it can go horribly wrong and cause a person to behave in ways they normally would not.

Another thing I have attempted to show is how, in certain institutional settings, attachments can develop—and how those attachments can become unhealthy for all concerned if they are not handled correctly.

Most simply, I want others to know more about me.

In Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye, it is King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba’s turn to tell his tale.

While helping to ready a group of pups to go and meet their puppy raiser families, so they too, might one-day become Seeing Eye dogs, he tells of what it was like for him, to grow up and become a Seeing Eye dog.

My hobbies

My hobbies include reading, writing, music, and standup comedy. I also like nature walks, light hiking, tent camping, and fishing. No, I am not afraid to bait a hook.

Music I enjoy

My favorite types of music are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country, as well as some present-day country music. I also like meditation music.

My favorite books and authors

I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. I love the books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and many more. My favorite books include Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.

My spiritual faith

I am a spiritual walker. I claim no particular faith, either Christian or pagan. I simply know that there is God and Goddess, or Mother Father God, as some call her/him. I lean toward the natural approach, or Druidism (Druidry), as it promotes harmony and respect for all beings, including the environment.

I am also very interested in herbs and their healing properties.


Find and follow Patty

Amazon    Campbell’s World Blog    DLD Books    Twitter

Facebook – Bubba Tails     Facebook – Tell it to the World     Facebook- Campbell’s Rambles

Facebook – Campbells Corner the Comfort Zone   Facebook – Patty and Pals 

Facebook – Bob Cat and Friends


In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfill her destiny?

The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A great play on words from King Campbell.

Available in Paperback and for Kindle via Amazon


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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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11 Responses to Guest author: Patty L. Fletcher (and Seeing Eye Dog Campbell Lee – aka Bubba) Bubba Tails: Awakening to love

  1. What a great story! And not just because of the dog, either.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Pingback: Guest author: Patty L. Fletcher (and Seeing Eye Dog Campbell Lee – aka Bubba) Bubba Tails: Awakening to love | Campbells World

  3. Patty says:

    So way proud to be featured here.

    Not only reblogged at campbellsworld.wordpress.com but shared the original posting on every kind of social media I belong to.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. noelleg44 says:

    It sounds like God broke the mold when he created the King, Campbell Lee A.K.A Bubba, the big black LABRADOR. HE has given you vision and love. What more could you ask for! Blessings on him and you!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Jennie says:

    Wonderful story!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. jenanita01 says:

    Everyone needs a dog… their love and devotion can move mountains…

    Liked by 1 person

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