If the Nimble Thimbles quilt guild had a mascot, it would be Tim.
Tim is a Service Dog In Training, being prepared to help someone who is either mobility impaired (in a wheelchair) or hearing impaired.
Tim goes everywhere with his trainer Melanie.
If she goes to work, Tim goes too.
We see Tim at all of our guild meetings, and he was just like another quilter at Quilt Camp.
Well, he didn't sew much, but he did hang out with the group, take long naps, play with his toys, and snack just like the rest of us.
Melanie will train Tim for 2 full years.
While he is wearing his harness he knows that he is working and on duty.
For hours he sat quietly at Melanie's side, and yet obediently responded within seconds to a request.
To put it mildly, I was impressed.
Out of respect for Tim's training, we were asked to not pet or distract him during working hours.
But in the evening, Melanie would happily announce "Tim is off duty!" and he was given time to roam the crowd, sniff every crevice, and act like a regular dog.
The machines would stop humming, while Tim would energetically move from chair to chair, turning his attention to "Here Tim!" with words of love and lots of petting.
We all doted on him like grandmother's in waiting.
I have deep admiration for Melanie and her devotion in training dogs, who will in turn become great contributors to our society.
And I wonder who will be the lucky person to get Tim, because he is a keeper.