WINNETKA, Ill., March 10, 2015 /Christian Newswire
/ — Cheri was diagnosed with a retinal disease at an early age which resulted in total central blindness by age 17. However, she was determined to be normal and pushed through schooling which resulted in an amazing career. Unfortunately, like most retinal diseases hers was progressive and eventually affected the optic nerve resulting in partial peripheral blindness, diminishing her vision substantially. She once had considered herself a very strong independent woman who traveled the world but she found herself becoming more reclusive and intimidated by the unseen world around her. Friends and family noticed the drastic change and pushed for her to check into getting a guide dog. She was totally against the idea. Although she had used a white cane for years somehow she thought the guide dog screamed “handicapped.”
Fast forward two years later; after a lot of coaxing, research, and soul searching she reluctantly arrived in New York at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Within 36 hours she was introduced to Clifton, a beautiful 2 year old yellow lab who had been born with a purpose; to be her eyes. Over the next month of training she cried, laughed, and fell in love with her new partner. She was amazed at how much of her self-confidence had eroded over the past few years but with Clifton at her side — she could throw back her shoulders hold her head high and feel the pure thrill of exploring the world again.
Over the next year as God opened her world back up and started revealing His plan she watched in amazement as this incredible animal displayed all the character traits of greatness; loving, loyal, enterprising, patience, selfless, not to mention being simply adorable. It was his greatness that inspired her and her husband to name their new, simply inspiring business after him — Big Yellow Dog LLC.
“Our mission is to inspire others and let them know God is always faithful although it may look totally different than we could ever imagine,” stated Cheri Tillman, President of Big Yellow Dog LLC.