luc (lucas)

When I first met Luc, he was called “Flicker,” a name one should only assign to a reindeer. Maybe.

Luc is my service dog.  We are easy, close companions, and refine one another through our ever deepening partnership.

I applied for a service dog through Summit Assistance Dogs.  2 years after submitting my application, I received a call requesting me to come in to meet 4 soon-to-graduate service dogs, in the hope that one of them would be a match for my physical needs.

I wanted Luc as soon as I saw him.  He was calm, serious, attentive, and handsome.  He displayed great patience when walking by my side, and my slow movement and raspy, garbled speech did not phase him.

Summit’s priority is to match the right person to the right dog.  I waited for what seemed a very long time (actually only a weekend) before receiving the call telling me Luc was my potential partner.  There followed 2 weeks of rigorous training, in which we learned how to work as a team, and reach certainty that we were the right fit for each other.

Luc has rocked my world.  He has brought me the finest kind of companionship, and the opportunity to mirror his mastery of being in the moment.  Highly skilled, he pulls baskets of dirty clothes to the washer, opens and shuts doors, and is learning to put his toys away.  He lies by me when I fall, and lets me lean on him to get up again; pulls off my jacket, shoes, gloves, and brings (and returns) my cell phone to me when it rings.  He’s the only one who can stand to be around me when I’m labile.  The infrequent times when he’s not with me, I miss him.  We’ve become each others shadows.

Before Luc, I felt pretty isolated in public.  People avoided me, uncomfortable with my “otherness.”  (Perhaps on a visceral level, sensing the biological error in another, we retreat.)  But Luc has softened the boundaries, making it easier for people to approach.  They smile at seeing us, sensing Luc’s shining benevolence, and knowing that they’re witnessing something good.

I cherish you, Luc.

la fin


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7 Responses to luc (lucas)

  1. Annie says:

    Hi Sherry! I had a few minutes before work and am checking out your blog for the first time. Greg and I have been listening to a book on tape, Travels with Charlie, by Steinbeck. It chronicles his travels across the country in a GMC pickup with a camper shell on it, in about 1961. His companion is Charlie, his French Poodle, whom he calls his “social ambassador.” It reminded me of your above comments on Luc, his ability to “soften the boundaries.” If you have the opportunity, check out the book (especially on tape, if available). You will enjoy it immensely; the dog, the travels, the insights into America, the humor. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I gotta run, but will be back for more! Annie:)

  2. Sherry, this is good. I think people avoid people with “otherness” because they don’t know what to say. Don’t know if people want them to say anything. I’ll offer to grab things from shelves in the market for people in wheelchairs, hold doors, that kind of thing. Beyond that, I don’t know what to say. Don’t know if someone would want me to say something just because of their “otherness.” But I think this is an area I’d like to explore. Any suggestions?

  3. Sherry says:

    Thanks Karin! I understand what you’re saying; I too, sometimes don’t know how to respond to an”other,” and I am one. Think its best to try to put yourself in their place. Happy Birthday!

  4. Dick From says:

    Hi Sherry,

    I have thought of you and Luc often and perhaps have been remiss in not staying better in touch with you. Instead of making the effort I took the lazy way out thinking we would perhaps see each other at a Summit graduation, luncheon, or other function. There is also the concern of intruding too much in your life with my proprietary interest in Luc as part of me will always see him as mine given months of sharing a leash through his puppy hood and adolescence. I have worked with many would-be service dogs and very early developed great confidence in Luc. Thank you for your Blog. The connection you have with our boy and what you do together makes me incredibly proud of both of you.


  5. Susan Levin says:

    Hi, Sherry! Just wanted you to know that I am reading your blog and I love catching up with your activities, and Luc, of course! I applaud your dietary choices and believe that you will see and feel a benefit to the change. I’ll be interested in following your blog to see how you are doing.
    Wishing you all the best!


  6. Sherry says:

    Dick ~

    It is so good to hear from you! And no, I’m the one who has been remiss; I intended to keep in touch more often than I have, and have wanted to keep you apprised of Luc’s growth into “man-hood.” He’s actually more “boy-man”, and we continue to become close to seamless as a working-team. We learn from each other.

    You may think of Luc as part yours; you were patient, kind, and instrumental in renewing his trust at a time when he needed it the most; it allowed him to reach his full potential. I am grateful that Luc had such a good trainer. He is too.

    I owe you a longer email, and will send one along; please be patient, as I’m slow in accomplishing just about everything these days.


  7. Sherry says:

    Hey Susan ~

    Good to hear from you! I’m glad to know that you have checked out the blog, and like that you’ll be reading the posts. Thank you for writing.

    xo S

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