I’m Like Daredevil, But Prettier

Anneliese, from the shoulders up, leans against a tree in profile. She smiles, facing the camera, and wears business attire.
Anneliese, smiling, dressed in a NASA flight jacket, sits beside her husband, Derek, also smiling, who has his right arm gently draped about her right shoulder and his left hand on her left shoulder

While on an entirely unrelated adventure…

I traded my vision to an evil sorcerer in exchange for the freedom of an innocent village. Someday a friendly wizard will find a restoration spell to help me. I just hope it happens before the rest of my sight drains away…

(Photo caption: Anneliese, smiling, dressed in a NASA flight jacket, sits beside her husband, Derek, also smiling, who has his right arm gently draped about her right shoulder and his left hand on her left shoulder)

Translation: I was born with a genetic degenerative retinal condition and I’m patiently awaiting news of a clinical trial to stop, maybe even reverse my vision loss. But there’s so much more to me than that…

I’ve worked two Seeing Eye dogs now, I have a B.A. in Communication Arts and a Master’s in Christian Clinical Counseling. I’ve studied a variety of martial arts off and on for the past 15 years, and I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember.

I’m a reader, hiker, swimmer, seeker. I’m a space cadet, and a self-diagnosed Mary Sue. Someday I’m going to change the world.

But let ‘s face it; you’re here for the cute puppies, not my tragic backstory…

Anneliese sits with Greta in her lap, her nose resting on the dog's head, obscuring her smiling face. Greta, also smiling, has her right ear folded under Anneliese's cheek.

Greta

Born June 30, 2014

Chestnut German shepherd dog

Personality style: Class clown

Skills: Professional Seeing Eye dog, can chase her tail on command..

(Photo caption: Anneliese sits with Greta in her lap, her nose resting on the dog’s head, obscuring her smiling face. Greta, also smiling, has her right ear folded under Anneliese’s cheek.)

Anneliese, smiling, half kneeling and sitting on her right heel, holds Prada, also smiling, with her front paws draped over Anneliese's left leg)

Prada

Born: Nov. 23, 2006

Died: Feb 4, 2016

Coated German Shepherd dog

Personality style: Diva

Skills: Professional Seeing Eye dog, dorm-room den mother.

(Photo caption: Anneliese, smiling, half kneeling and sitting on her right heel, holds Prada, also smiling, with her front paws draped over Anneliese’s left leg)