Photo by the talented Miguel Escalante Jr. Photography. Check him out here.

Bright is a 4 year old Lab Golden Cross, and I was paired with her at Canine Companions for Independence’s Northeast Team Training in November, 2011. CCI breeds, raises, and trains (with the help of many, many volunteers) service dogs for people with disabilities. Bright helps me in a variety of ways, including retrieving things I drop on the floor (as small as a quarter!) and pulling my wheelchair to cut down on the wear and tear of my shoulders. She’s a happy dog and she puts smiles on about a million faces every day. It’s a big job!

She was raised in New Jersey by Lauren and May Sikora, and they’ve continued to be an important part of our lives since she came home with me. Check out Lauren’s blog by clicking the link to the left!

Keep up with Bright’s day to day on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


5 thoughts on “Bright

  1. We have known the Sikora Family for over 20 years. We were neighbors & close friends in New Jersey. We had the pleasure of having Bright come to my daughter’s wedding in of 2010. May drove to Minnesota. Bright was the hit of the wedding. May’s whole family drove to Boston for our daughter’s college graduation in Boston and brought another puppy in training. We live in San Diego now. We hope to meet up with the Sikora’s in Northern California this summer. Bright is a special dog.

      • It is a small world isn’t it? My husband is from Burnsville, MN. and was in the Marine Corps when I met him. I am the native San Diegan. My two oldest kids live in Shoreview and St. Paul, and my grandbabies Jack & Henry are in St. Paul. I was in MN. at Christmas and two weeks ago. I was an elementary school principal in St. Paul & Osseo, and many of my friends are there and colleagues. May was a blessing, when my husband had a heart attack & bypass. Our kids grew up together. Minnesota is so progressive and a great place to live….the cold winters are hard on me. I moved out here in 2006 to be with my mother whose health was failing. I am looking to spend the warmer months in MN. to be close to my grandbabies. Also, we travel alot to Monterey, Napa, Vallejo, and San Francisco as my daughter used to live in Monterey. She is now in Denmark and looking to move back to MN. with her Danish husband. My younger son just moved back from NYC and lived in Brooklyn in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. We will have to make sure we see you up north when we travel…we would love to meet you & see Miss Bright again! A match in heaven for the two of you! Nice to meet another MInnesotan!

      • I grew up in Minnesota, then moved to New York for…a man… 🙂 And then we got married, and now we live in California because he got a job out here. We’d love to see you when the Sikora’s come out. I also have family in San Diego, so we’ll be down there now and then.

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