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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 has blessed me with a Music Ministry that is still ongoing and growing after twenty-plus years. This includes my outreach promoting Braille Literacy in the Christian venue, and my recently-founded Children's Chaplaincy for blind youth. To make things a bit more interesting, I have also been blind since birth. I consider my blindness to be a unique gift from God, an opportunity to serve as an ambassador among blind and sighted folks of all ages, on all walks of life. To learn more about my work, from South Carolina to Central Illinois and beyond, please visit my Web site, and be sure to stay tuned to my Blog!