Musket the Guide Dog – Blonde Leading the Blind

Posted on November 9, 2009. Filed under: 4. Guest Bloggers |

Fountain 02Well where to begin? I want to write a SHORT bit about an amazing dog, my little buddy, Musket. Some of you may have heard of him already. Yes, it’s all true. Musket is my Guide dog, a yellow Labrador, now nine-years-old. We’ve been together for seven years since graduating from Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael California.

I don’t know what it is, but something indefinable sets Musket apart from the rest of the pack. He’s an excellent guide, having saved my life more than once, and very loyal, intelligent and quiet, but there’s something else. For instance, he’s an unusually beautiful dog, with soft brown eyes, fur like velvet and a heart big enough to encompass everyone he meets.

This dog is loved by people of all ages across the country – men, women and children. They call me from New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and a dozen other cities to ask ‘How’s my Musket?”

He has made crying children laugh, helped soothe the pains of grieving friends and family, brought joy to elderly, sick, disabled and dying people with his wagging tail and sloppy kisses.

FORMAL ATTIREYes, I know a lot of dogs particularly Labradors do that, and I love all Labs, but I’m biased, of course. He’s been on TV, on the news, met movie stars, TV stars, war heroes, aces, admirals, generals, legislators, scientists and astronauts. He’s made friends with men who have walked on the moon and Medal of Honor recipients.

How, you ask? I’m glad you asked!

When I worked for the state as a disability technology specialist, we traveled all over the country, doing lectures and presentations, meeting and working with legislators, and participating in international disability conferences. In every single case, Musket was the focal point of the meeting. People wanted to meet him and get their pictures taken with him. He just took it all in stride, apparently thinking it was only natural for people to go nuts over him. Humility is not his strong suit.

Gee Bee 01On weekends we volunteer at the San Diego Air and Space Museum as tour guides. We’ve been doing it for about three years and have made hundreds of new friends.

We’ve been featured in newspaper articles and videos and been VIP escorts to Apollo astronauts.

A few years ago, a certain fast-food place refused us service because they said I couldn’t ‘have my pet in the restaurant.’ Yes you heard me right. It all worked out in the end, but it ended up on the news and in the paper.

I decided to write a book about life with Musket. We did it together. Well, I typed, he dictated. It’s called ‘Confessions of a Guide Dog, the Blonde Leading the Blind.’

It’s in the hands of an agent and editors right now, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed, though I can’t type that way.

SPACE POOCHMusket has his own Facebook page, and on it are pictures, videos, links to articles and excerpts from the book.

His Facebook name is ‘Musket Carlson PhDog.

I hope to meet a lot of new Musket fans and spread his canine love like he sheds fur.

Best, Mark Carlson and Musket

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9 Responses to “Musket the Guide Dog – Blonde Leading the Blind”

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Musket, I miss you. You were the best as a co-worker!

I vote 4 Musket of course! lol Mark, you have an incredibly special friend in Musket. He is always a wonderful addition to our Bible Study when he is present!

Thank you for your vote! We will announce the winner in the new year and let you know what pet as earned the title.

Musket is unblieveable. Everything Mark said is true. But there is so much more to be said about this dog. Sometimes I forget he is a dog. He has a tremendous ability to connect with people. One look from Musket and he wins your heart. God has given this dog special qualities and he shares those with the world. Thank you Mark for sharing Musket with all of us who love him.

Thank you for your vote! We will announce the winner in the new year.

I want to vote for MUSKET ! ! ! !

He is truly a remarkable ,brilliant and beautiful dog Inside and outside.

I want to vote for MUSKET ! ! ! !

He is truly a remarkable ,brilliant and beautiful dog I
nside and outside. I

I want to vote for MUSKET ! ! ! ! This dog has enriched the lives of EVERYONE who has met him. When he is around, love is ALL AROUND,

Thank you for your votes! We will announce the winner in the new year.


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