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Monday, January 17, 2011

Top Dog 2011

Brianna reads for 2011 Blessing of the Guides

One of “my” SC kids, Brianna, reads Scripture as part of the 2011 Top Dog “Blessing of the Guides”. This year’s Top Dog Workshop was held in Orlando, FL, hosted by Guide Dog Users of Florida.

Brianna plays violin for Blessing

I was honored to accompany Brianna at the piano, as she also played her violin for this special service.

The Blessing kicked off a day of workshops, fun and fellowship, and the convention concluded with a delightful banquet.

Laurel plays for banquet

Here I am at the banquet.

While others attended specialized workshops during the day, I was blessed with a visit from my technical assistant Arleigh Baker and his beautiful wife, Diane.

Laurel with Arleigh and Diane

For me, a visit with Diane and Arleigh is like a visit with “Mom and Pop”. I can’t imagine my life without these two precious people in it. I love them dearly and am always thankful for the opportunity to spend time with them.

The hotel housing the convention was pet-friendly, so my beloved Zettie got to join in on the fun, too! She’s come a long way from the shelter life from which I adopted her in 2002.

Laurel with Zettie


To reiterate, Zettie is not a guide dog. She takes a lot of pride in her job as my chief home security and morale officer, when she’s not holding down the couch, of course!

My thanks to Dixie Land Guide Dog Users, the Charleston, SC Association for the Blind, Guide Dog Users of Florida, and the many other sponsors who made it possible for Music By Laurel Jean to be part of Top Dog 2011!

Stay tuned for more posts like this. Until next time, God bless you and keep His Song in your heart!

© 2011 by Laurel Jean Walden

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God continues to bless me with a busy and fulfilling life. Even after thirty-plus years, my music and ministry keep going and growing. Blind from birth, I am n avid user of Braille and the long, white cane, in addition to a variety of mainstream and access technology. While my blindness does not define me, I consider it to be a unique gift from God. With this gift comes my opportunity to serve as an advocate on behalf of my fellow members of the Blindness community, living and serving among blind and sighted folks of all ages, on all walks of life. To learn more about my music, ministry and outreach, please visit my Web site, and be sure to stay tuned to my Blog!