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“And Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce!’ – Two Years of Freedom

So today is the day that I write a soppy post dedicated to my faithful sidekick, Noodle…

Two years ago today I regrew my wings and qualified with my beautiful guide dog. The dog that; got me through school, travels the country by my side, keeps me going and helps the outside world keep me going. She is a key sword in my fight against mental illness and sight loss and she is my world.

I have said most of this many, many, times before.

When looking for a quote to describe my loyal companion a long time ago I could find no better than the wonderful Mr Shakespeare:

One of the things people always comment on is Noodle’s skinny frame. She is a very slight dog naturally and in nature when working she is my shadow. She will often peek at the world from behind my legs. We take it in turns to be the brave one. This year I managed to connect with Noodle’s puppy walkers, the people who looked after her for the first year of her life. So here is really, really, little Noodle… She is comparatively quite big now!

Tiny puppy Noodle lying asleep on paving flags

But she is fierce, not in a snappy-bite-your-head-off way, but in her own mental strength. If I ask her to do something she will do it. If I am in a bad situation she will find a way to get me out of it. At our one year anniversary I thought I couldn’t love her anymore, but this little dog is full of surprises and my love for her just keeps growing.

Noodle following me on a swing.

I Forget That You Exist- And That is My Biggest Compliment.

Four years ago today a puppy was born who would go on to change my life and touch those of the people around me. She gained the trust of my parents to keep their daughter safe, the respect of my friends and eventually the pride of my, once reluctant, secondary school. She has travelled all over the country with me and was my motivation to get up and keep going when it was really tough for me to find that strength from within myself. And four years ago, in fact up until only eighteen months ago, I had no idea she even existed.

She helps me in so many ways every day without fail. Each morning she wakes me up by licking my hand or by staring patiently at me from the side of my bed. She knows what I am feeling better than I do most of the time, leading to people observing her rather than me in order to know how I am doing. She is a guide dog plus so much more and I owe her so much.

I forget that she exists even now that our paths have well and truly crossed. I forget she is there because she is so seamlessly a part of me. I am not trapped, or stuck, or lost when I have her. In any tricky situation she always seems to be able to help me “find the door”. She has shown me a freedom which I would not have been able to even imagine beforehand.

So here’s to Noodle- a star in her own right and a friend to nearly everyone she meets.

Thank you for existing.

Lai and myself in a coffee shop