I was matched with Bright by Canine Companions for Independence in November of 2011, and she's enhanced my independence -- my life -- in ways I couldn't have imagined. Some of those ways are obvious, like her pulling my chair, and others are more subtle. I love the photo above for the way the camera looks at me. It's the perspective I imagine the world seeing me from: downward. As a kid, everywhere I went, I was surrounded by friends and family who were sensitive to the fact that my experiences were different from theirs. My comfort and safety were always on their minds. But as an adult, I'm often in situations where I don't know anyone, and I'm easily lost in a crowd, especially by people I don't know well, because I'm navigating a world that's not really designed for me. But Bright's always at my side, and is experiencing things from my vantage point. She takes my direction, avoiding curbs, bumps, cracks and narrow aisles, and shoulders her way through groups of seemingly eight-feet-tall, totally oblivious people to get me safely where I need to go. The anxiety I felt about getting around alone during the years when I was dog-less doesn't exist anymore.