McLean Puppy Chronicles: What happens when you do the unthinkable and open yourself up to raise a puppy to give away to someone else: You create joy and freedom for a visually impaired person. We're puppy raisers for Southeastern Guide Dogs. Read about our journey.
Today was a busy day for us in the library. We had so much to do getting ready for the librarians conference for next week. Even so, life at school went on as usual and some of the 8th graders brought some rising 6th graders by the library for a tour today.
Two of them brought a group of ten by my office and asked if Corky was in. I said he was and they asked if the 5th graders could see him. Corky happened to have his coat off, so when I took him out of my office and into the main library there was a general sucking in of breaths and a breathing out of "He doesn't have his coat on!!"
"Can we pet him?"
"Yes, you may, but give him some room."
They spread out into a semi-circle and started to pet Corky, who stood calmly wagging his tail. One of the girls dropped down to the ground and Corky, sensing a licking opportunity, turned her way and started to lick her face.
"Ah, I see you are Corky's favorite," I said without actually taking in the meaning of my words. Immediately, all the 5th graders fell to ground as if they had dropsy. The boy to my right said in a loud voice, "I want to be Corky's favorite!"
"Oh, my." I thought. "I hope this turns out ok."
Corky happily obliged, going down the line and licking everyone in the face. They all laughed. I told them all that Corky loved them best.
Corky, doing what he does best, giving a kiss to someone, in this case, our librarian Christina.