The stigma of being handicapped is at best a form of pity, at worst it means that you are isolated. Inclusion and acceptance is something that will heal many scars and ailments as well, as to give individuals confidence. When I talk about Murdock to people they immediately pity him, saying that he cannot have a live a full life without sight. I remind them people go blind every day, be it something they did to themselves, bad genetics, or something that was a freak accident. We all learn to adapt. Although they still say it is “Different.” The thing about “Different” to them it’s a burden. They manifest their guilt and uncertainty with a single word. Everyone is different, be it race, creed, gender, or personality.
While I was at the Handicapables event, I was taken aback by the sheer happiness these dogs brought to the table. Each one had different issues and handicaps, but one thing you did not see with their interaction with each other was the emotion pity. The moment Murdock claimed us at this event. I never worried that I was getting a handicapped dog. You see, I have a handicap as well. My life is impacted by epilepsy, but I live a full life. I saw a soul that needed to know in his last years that he would be taken care of and loved, with every wish fulfilled.
It has been a learning process for all of us, but after just a short time my other two dogs help to guide him through unfamiliar areas while we look on giving them encouragement. He completely trusts not only me and my wife but his two fur sisters. So much so, it reminds me of a point in the book “White Fang.” Where his Love Master “Weedon Scott” commanded White Fang to jump over the edge of the cliff, he did so without hesitation. The two men did manage to stop White Fang from jumping off the cliff, but it showed the men the love and trust in which he gave them. Murdock is one and the same as White Fang, his love and trust are unmatched within the household.