A friend got a new guide dog this week and is in the midst of the three-week training class at the school she chose. I myself am well into my career with Elias, but we had a first walk of our own this week. Following my medical timeout due to major surgery, Elias and I teamed up once more. Today marked my first solo walk with him since May 11. It felt good. Well, it felt tiring and mildly painful, but it still felt good to have our partnership still there. It will still take some time for me to build up my strength. The walk today was definitely short. However, it is a step, and I love taking steps by Elias's side.