Scotland Trip: Trust IS Taxing!

Today was a busy day, full of emails, phone calls, web research, and more phone calls and emails.  Taking a guide dog to another country is a little bit of a nightmare, and I am feeling the full brunt of that at the moment.  Within the next ten days, I need to fill out several packets of information regarding OLeta’s health, history, and RFID tag, have them all signed and checked by my veterinarian, get an official endorsement from the USDA veterinarian, which is in Richmond, Virginia, and have her tested for tape worm within 5 days of our departure.  Not only that, but I am rather concerned about my charity workers visa, which has not arrived yet, and I can’t help but fear that it might not come in time.  Needless to say, I am a bit frazzled, and ready to hit the hay.  I’ve also come to the conclusion that trusting in God is hard, hard work.  I find that I need constant reminders to put my faith in Him, and believe that whatever He has planned will come to pass.
I promise I will get to a point where I will discuss what I have been reading in Acts, but for tonight, I just wanted to share a few verses that are reminding me to have confidence in what the Lord has planned.  I need not be anxious, because I know He is in control.  I hope they are encouraging to you as well.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1)

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:10)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 31:14)

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. (Psalm 20:7)


Amen.  Sleep well, dear blogasphere.



Hi! I’m… Who am I exactly? (By Oleta Renee)

So here’s the thing… in trying to introduce myself, I realized I’m in a bit of an identity crisis.

I am originally from New York, Patterson, New York to be exact, and I grew up with my AWESOME puppy raiser around there, but I’ve heard through the grapevine (that is to say Shea and the people we meet on a day to day basis) that labrador retrievers as a race (breed is so demeaning) began in Newfoundland, whereas Newfoundland dogs claim they are routed in Labrador… weird!  So, really, should I even be calling myself a labrador, if we came from Newfoundland, and am I Canadian, or American?  But then, people don’t talk about American or Canadian labs, they talk about American or British labs, which makes no sense at all!  So, am I American, Canadian, or British?  And shouldn’t they be talking about American, Canadian, and British Newfoundlands, not labs? 

People tell me I’m an American Lab (Newfoundland?), which basically means I’m stunningly gorgeous in comparison to those stocky, blocky, British labs.  I am inclined to agree with them.  THere’s no doubt I’m slim, trim, and looking American, right down to the stars and stripes pin on my harness.  Besides, no offense to Canada or England, but America is the best.  I’ll have to expand on that in a future post.

So, with that decided…

Hello, my name is Oleta Renee, and I am a black, American labrador retriever, except I’m actually a labrador guide dog.  Shea is my person/Mom/best friend/partner in…er…completely legal activities.  I have earned my doctoral degree in guide work (attained at the acclaimed University of Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, NY), and went back to receive a human high school diploma with Shea.  I am now currently studying music, with a minor in squirrel management and dog therapy at Shea’s university in Nashville.  By the way, fellow educated canines, if you are thinking about getting a degree in squirrel management, my university is a great place to do it… a lot of practical experience.

Anyway, you will come to know me and more about my work as I post along with Shea on our blog.  I look forward to getting to know y’all as well!  Guide dog friends, make sure you drop in so we can swap guiding tails (see what I did there?).  

Off for a frappuccino on the patio with Mom.  (What? You don’t think she’ll give me a sip?)Image