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.”
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!”
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…
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 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
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.
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