Last weeks blog posting was a bit heavy. Its time for a lighter blog post…and a fan favorite in the blogosphere. Amie the Hearing Ear Wunderdog.
I guess I am getting sentimental again because Amie is having a tough time these days. Due to the Transitional Cell Carcinoma in her bladder, she is having suffering from urinary incontinence. We need to keep her diapered at all times or in the crate with an incontinence liner. Its stressful for all of us…
Hence the need to reflect upon better days when Amie and I travelled the world together. We came up with a list of all the places Amie and I have been together. I must say, it’s pretty impressive for a dog. Here’s what we came up with:
- San Diego, California
- Salt Lake City Utah
- Chicago, Illinois
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, and Kelowna in BC
- Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta.
- Hiking in the Alberta Rockies
- Saskatoon and Regina Saskatchewan
- Winnipeg and other parts of Manitoba
- Pretty much every city in Ontario
- Quebec City and Montreal, Quebec
- Halifax, NS
- Charlottetown, PEI
- Moncton, NB
- Whitehorse, Yukon
- Zurich, Stafa, Bern, Kandersteg, Murton, and other places in Switzerland.
- Plus more, but cannot recall
It is during these trips that I have had some of my funniest stories with Amie. One time we were doing a training session at the Westin in Ottawa. Normally Amie just sits in the room while I present, or maybe greets some guests. But this time she we suddenly realized she was gone. Turns out she sniffed out that some bankers in the next seminar room had a way better buffet of cheeses and meats (we had veggies and dip…boring!). Little monkey.
Another time I was in a Montana’s Steak House. We were seated in a booth and I took Amie’s leash off while she sat beneath the table. She couldn’t go anywhere…we were in a booth. Right? Wrong! Turns out the walls to the booth did not extend all the way to the floor. She snuck out and was seated in front on a table of a nice old couple who were sharing their Prime Rib with her.
Another favorite is during a trip to Kandersteg, a village high up in the Swiss Alps. The Inn owner was terrified of dogs her entire life…until she met Amie. Amie’s sweet and kind disposition essentially cured this woman’s lifelong fear of dogs. By the end of our trip, the Inn owner was taking Amie by the leash and introducing her to all the other guests in the Pub.
For years I have done what I like to call “Kids Days” at Phonak. Here we bring kids to the Phonak office and give them a factory tour, followed by a pizza lunch and an Amie Hearing Ear Dog Demonstration. But for the longest time, I kept getting the same kids returning year after year. The teacher’s explained that the kids could go wherever they wanted for their trip, but they all wanted to come to Phonak. Well, it really turns out that they all wanted to come see Amie again. “Forget the Zoo, forget Rock Climbing, we want Amie”. And here I thought they wanted to come see me. Nope.
As we get closer to the difficult day, I want to make sure we always remember Amie in her glory years…as one of the most well travelled and loved Hearing Ear Dogs in the whole world.