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Finding Strength In Self-Acceptance

“She’s standing on the corner, cane in hand, waiting to cross, and she looks like she knows where she’s going. She’s approachable and aware. She accepts people the way she has accepted herself, fully. There is a lightness in her footsteps because she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She sees life as an adventure and not an emergency.” ~Joy Thomas, Double Vision Blog

To learn more about Joy’s journey to self-acceptance check out her Woman on the Move article.

Image: Joy Thomas and Roja (her guide dog) are crossing a busy city street.

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The Guide Dog Memos: Roja

Introducing Roja

Image description is in the blog post.Roja, a beautiful golden lab who works with her handler, Joy, can be pretty opinionated as evidenced by her quote. To read more about Roja’s adventures with Joy check out her Dog Blog on DoubleVisionBlog.

“Joy did most of the talking…boy can she yap…blah blah blah blah blah…but I got to show off my guide dog work when the kids made an aisle for me to guide Joy down, complete with a chair obstacle and all!  I’m not trying to brag, but I was pretty much the bomb-diggity guide dog of the year, and those kids loved me!” Roja Thomas

Even though Roja has a charming sense of humor when it’s time to get down to business she is totally serious when she is working with Joy.

Quoted text is teal on a white background under three photos: The picture in the center is Roja in her harness during training kneeling with her front paws. The other 2 pictures are of Joy seated in a chair with Roja laying at her feet in a classroom of children sitting on the floor in semi circles. 

Photos courtesy of Joy Thomas.

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