Save Your Vision Month: Best Selling Blind Author Ronda Del Boccio, Leader Dog Jemma Appearing at Lions Club Chili Supper Fundraser

Amazon bestselling author Ronda Del Boccio and her #GoldenRetriever #GuideDog Leader Dog Jemma will provide information and wags for anyone with questions about Lions Club vision programs at the Lions Club of Kimberling City Chili Supper Fundraiser Tues., March 21 from 4:30-7 at the Senior Center. #LionsClub #WeServe #LeaderDogJemma #LeaderDog

March is Save Your Vision Month.  Lions Clubs around the world are well known for providing assistance to those needing eyeglasses, eye surgeries, recycling of used glasses, Leader Dogs, and much more, for over 75 years.

In order to support vision programs in the community, each year, the Lions Club of Kimberling City, Missouri, hosts a Chili Supper Fundraiser. Club members prepare and donate scrumptious vats of homemade chili and a host of decadent desserts.

All proceeds go straight back into the community. The club supports numerous charities, such as food banks, a scholarship, recycling, hearing and vision programs.

Leader Dog Jemma and author Ronda Del Boccio on the Lions Club float. Behind them, a Snowman wears glasses. Beside them is the mascot Lion.

Photo Caption: The Lion Mascot beside Ronda Del Boccio and Leader Dog Jemma, who are on the Lions Club of Kimberling City float at the 2015 Kimberling City Christmas Parade.

Regarding assistance for the blind and visually impaired alone, each month, this one Lions Club collects and delivers over 100 pairs of glasses for redistribution, provides  new eyeglasses to needy community members, and supports various national and global services, including Saving Sight, Leader Dogs for the Blind, and Mid-South Vision Center (Columbia, Missouri facility). The club sponsored blind author and speaker Ronda Del Boccio to get her guide dog, Leader Dog Jemma, in 2015. Continue reading "Save Your Vision Month: Best Selling Blind Author Ronda Del Boccio, Leader Dog Jemma Appearing at Lions Club Chili Supper Fundraser"

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Leader Dog: Jemma’s Story

Exciting News! Leader Dogs for the Blind and Sellers Bowman Subaru selected my Jemma’s story to showcase in their #LovePromise campaign! #LeaderDogJemma

Leader Dogs for the Blind accepts NO Federal money. Grants and donations from Lions Clubs, Purina, Subaru, individuals and more provide the gift of independence to blind and visually impaired individuals such as myself.

Leader Dogs asked me to share a story about me and Jemma for Sellers Bowman Subaru to share on their site.

My life is so much better because Leader Dog Jemma shares it with me. We are a perfect match!

  • Ronda Del Boccio

Here's a screenshot of the powerful story of love I shared: Simply click the image to go to the Sellers Bowman Subaru Love Promise page to read the full story.

Image of "It Takes a Village to Raise a Leader Dog" by Ronda Del Boccio on Sellers Bowman Subaru Love Promise Campaign Page

Each dog costs well over $30,000, in training and everything else, but we clients don't pay anything. IT's all because of the generosity of donors like Sellers Bowman Subaru that we are a team, and I am so very grateful.

Help Leader Dogs Give the Gift of Independence!

If Jemma's story has inspired you to contribute to a blind person's independence, please kindly make your tax deductible contribution on my special fundraising page at WriteOnPurpose.com/ldb.

Meet & Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web

Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collarJemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

 

Watch for her hashtag #LeaderDogJemma

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Author Ronda Del Boccio and Leader Dog Jemma Featured in Christmas Parade

Leader Dog Jemma and I, author Ronda Del Boccio, had a chance to be part of the Lions Club Gift of Sight float in our local Christmas parade. Have a look! #LeaderDogJemma #LionsClub

Leader Dog Jemma and author Ronda Del Boccio on the Lions Club float. Behind them, a Snowman wears glasses. Beside them is the mascot Lion.Leader Dog Jemma and I rode the Lions Club float at the Kimberling City Christmas Parade. The parade theme was "All I Want for Christmas Is..." Our Lions CLub's answer was "The Gift of Sight."

Here we are on the float with our mascot Lion alongside us.

Our float showcased some of Lions' vision-related programs, including eyeglasses and Leader Dogs for the Blind.

It was fun being on the float. Jemma, of course, was the star! Her golden coat gleamed and her smile beamed. We had perfect weather. I heard cameras snapping all along the parade route.

Here is a Facebook post about our adventure:

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Is a Guide Dog Always in Harness? Leader Dog Questions

One of the most common guide dog questions I get is, Does your dog always wear the harness? I’ll answer this question here. | #GuideDog #LeaderDogs #LeaderDogJemma

I'm writing a book about the adventures of my Leader Dog Jemma and myself. Since I get s from people I figured it would be a great idea to include those  questions and answers in the book.

Here's one of my very favorite pics of Jemma. She's clearly having fun unmaking the bed. She does this by running laps in the house and using the bed as her turn-around point.

Picture of Jemma unmaking the bed, looking wild-eyed and clearly having agreat time!

"Does a guide dog always wear the harness?"

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Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web!

Love dogs? Want to keep up on what Leader Dog Jemma is doing with pictures, videos and more? Here’s how to find the beautiful Diva #GuideDog #LeaderDogJemma

Look at this adorable face...

Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collar

This is Leader Dog Jemma, a spunky Diva Dog who loves to be groomed and KNOWS she's beautiful. She's also a smart and talented guide dog, a toy tester, a taster and more. Here's how you can see her latest photos, videos and updates.

SHe speaks in her own voice on her Facebook page and her Instagram feed. I'm her interpreter.

Meet & Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web

Jemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

Please share this all over the social web!

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Ronda Del Boccio

#1 best selling author, speaker, and Amazon Top Reviewer

About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Abundance and The Power of Belief: Are You Allowed Only One?

Have you ever said that you can have only one great love or opportunity or anything else? Read this and shift your belief about #abundance.

Have you ever said, or heard someone else say, that you can have only one great something?

  • 1 great opportunity
  • 1 great pet
  • 1 true love

It seems to be something instilled, and thus installed, into most people. The underlying belief is you only get one allotment of something precious and no more. Lose it and you're done.

I've heard it and I've overcome that belief.

When I had my first of 3 amazing guide dogs, Thunder, she was so amazing that at first I thought I could never have another guide dog to match or top her level of awesome.

I DESERVE Abundance! Image shows a flower against an unfocused background http://writeonpurpose.com/miracle

Then I asked myself, "Why can you have only ONE great dog in your lifetime"

I answered myself, "I don't know. That's silly. I may have half a dozen guide dogs in my lifetime. Why should I believe it's all down hill from here

I further reflected  that I NEVER believed I was allowed only one great:

  • Bouquet
  • Delicious food
  • Friend
  • Fun
  • Vacation
  • Adventure
  • Extraordinary Experience
  • Joyful moment

...so why should I accept that I could only have 1 great guide dog and then my chances were gone for the rest of my life?

Ridiculous!

Yeah - why CAN'T I have more than 1 awesome dog to go along with all my fabulous vacations, experiences, friends, or anything else?

Each wonderful whatever will be great in its own way. Thunder Cloudy Skywalker (her official AKC Name) was a smooth coated (short haired) collie

How useful that I eradicated that false belief and embraced the power of ABUNDANCE in Thunder's lifetime, because a couple months after she crossed the Rainbow Bridge, A little black Belgian shepherd mix puppy with white paint on her wriggled her way into my heart and became a great guide dog named Molly Flagtail.

Molly Flagtail lying on my mom's paisley print couch

Each had her own kind of awesome. Thunder had such astounding memory that could backtrack through the twistiest path to get me back to the start, even when I myself didn't know which way to turn. Molly had amazing emotional intelligence. She had her own mission beyond guiding me that involved healing hearts.

And after Molly finished her time with me, a stunning diva dog named Jemma from Leader Dogs for the Blind came to me. She displays Thunder-style smarts, Molly-style empathy, and her own pure divalicious Jemma star power.

Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collar

And yet...I still come up with issues around abundance and deserving. This became clear to me when I had my Miracle Mindshift.

This is a 30 day program you can do over and over again. Whenever I go through my Mindshift month, I experience deeper levels of awareness about my own resistance to life's abundance. If you'd like to join me, I invite you to visit the Miracle Mindshift page for details at WriteOnPurpose.com/miracle..

Miracle Mindshift Month

Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web

Jemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

Please share this all over the social web!

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.

Ronda Del Boccio

#1 best selling author, speaker, and Amazon Top Reviewer

About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books.

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Decision Making with Reason And Emotion: Leader Dog Chronicles

This Leader Dog Chronicle shares a decision making process I used to help me make certain getting a new dog was the right one for me. It is a tool you can use as well, and I show you how.

I've been sharing my journey of getting a new guide dog from Leader Dogs for the Blind. Today's post focuses on how I came to the decision that getting a new dog was right for me. This same method also works for you when you have a tough choice.

The most difficult part of having a dog, whether a pet or working partner, is that they die. So much emotion is wrapped up in the agony of loss that deciding whether or not to get another becomes messy. When I couldn't stand being dogless anymore, here's the tool I used to help me choose. I wanted to ensure that going to school for a dog was truly wise.Jemma in harness

I call it T + E. It goes way beyond the usual plus/minus listing to tape into emotional impact. Using this method also provides fuel when you're talking to your nay-sayers or critical companions. You demonstrate both to yourself and others that you are not making an important decision lightly.

T Plus E Decision Method

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Just When I Decided It Was Time for a New Guide Dog: Leader Dog Chronicles

Ah, how wonderful are synchronicities! I am SO incredibly supported. Here’s the story of fortunate timing in my Leader Dog Chronicles #LeaderDogs #GuideDog

My first Leader Dog Chronicle was a tale of tears and longing. This is not. This is a tale of synchronicity, which means fortuitous timing, in case that's a new $100 word for you!

Tired of being dogless back in March of this year, I was just considering maybe I didn't have to train my own this time and could go get a new, fully trained dog, but I wasn't "there" yet.  I woke up early one morning and mulled over it in bed. Perhaps it was time to get a dog. Maybe not.

Molly Flagtail lying on my mom's paisley print couch

Synchronicity

My friend Seana came to visit me. She has a hearing/mobility service dog whom she trained. We were in the grocery store when an older couple talked to us. They asked about her dog. At first they assumed it was a guide dog, which most people do unless they've seen a variety of service dogs.

I shared that I used to have a guide dog named Molly. The man, Terry, said, "We're with the Lions Club. We've been wanting to help place a Leader Dog with a blind person in this area for years."

The switch in my brain flipped into the YES position, accompanied with a long and satisfying display of sparkle, confetti and fireworks. Continue reading "Just When I Decided It Was Time for a New Guide Dog: Leader Dog Chronicles"

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Time for a New Guide Dog: Leader Dog Chronicles

This #LeaderDog Chronicles post is part of my new book in the works, about my experiences of getting a new #guidedog from Leader Dogs for the BLind and beginning our life together. Today, it’s about my decision that it’s time for a new dog after the death of my previous one.

When my amazing guide dog Molly made her transition across the Rainbow Bridge, I could barely breathe. A bright shining light extinguished. Still, almost 21 months later, I am crying as I write this. That should tell you how much she still means to me.

Early Retirement

Molly Flagtail on an adventure with Mom!

The photo above of Molly in her harness sitting in the airplane seat, looking quite pleased with herself, is my favorite picture of her. Oh, my heart still aches after all this time! I am so very grateful she was part of my life! She touched so many lives!

I had to retire her a couple years before that last awful trip to the vet, because her joints were failing. She hurt herself umping out of an SUV because she wouldn't wait for me to help her. Thattrip was our last. I got along with a white cane.

The interesting thing was that even though she only went with me down to her Grammy's house (my mom), I could still rely on her senses through that tight psychic bond we shared.

Car rides and active guide duty were a thing of the past, but as a home owner, I could keep her and continue to shower her with love.

Grief Beyond All Comprehension

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Love Letter to My Future Leader Dog

This is a little about my journey as a blind person and then a love letter to my future Leader Dog, whom I will meet when I go to Michigan for 26 days, hopefully this summer #LeaderDogs #GuideDogs #blindness

As a "partially sighted" / "low vision" woman living in a world that values what is seen by the eye above all else, I can honestly say that embracing my identity as a blind person and learning the skills of blindness have freed me to experience life on my own terms.

Learning to use a long white cane empowered me to carry my head high without worrying about the ground, because my cane would tell me what my eyes could not.

The second revolution in my life as a blind person was making the decision to travel with a guide dog. This provided even more freedom, because I could miss that crack in  the sidewalk entirely and get to the back of a line with ease.

Both of my guide dogs, Thunder and Molly, not only helped me, but they also had their own sacred missions and touched countless lives. Both were Joy Dogs who, in vastly different ways, opened hearts.

When It was time for that horrible but necessary decision to say farewell to Molly, I thought I might not get another guide dog.

Then the reality of life without a trusted guide set in. While I still get around well with a cane, my life is so empty without a dog. While it's nice not having to walk a dog in the pouring rain or bitter cold, there's also no companion to help me deal with crowds and miss all those obstacles my cane finds that a dog helped me avoid.

So 18 dogless months later, I decided to apply for a guide dog from Leader Dogs for the Blind. It took 26 days to complete the application, which included a vide, 6 references, a doctor visit (which was a big deal because I don't do doctors), a vision evaluation (pointless as I'm no less blind than I was when I had an official letter from a previous eye doc), and a form so detailed I expected it to come with a cheek swab for DNA.

May 13th, I got word that I am accepted for a dog and will go to Michigan sometime, maybe July or August, to get my dog! It will be a whole new adventure for me as well as the dog.

Question

Whereas I chose and trained my first 2 dog from puppyhood onward, this time a trainer will select the perfect dog for me. I don't know what breed or gender.

I am thrilled to surrender to this new adventure, and I love my dog with all my heart, even though I have not met him or her yet. Here is my love letter to my future Leader Dog.

Love Letter to My Future Leader Dog

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