[mountainstate] My guide dog
raynaadi at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 03:58:31 GMT 2010
Since I'm a new guide dog handler, I can't say anything about getting
home and using a dog versus a cane. What I can say is that it's a
lifestyle. A can can be folded up or propped against a wall or tucked
under a chair. A dog needs constant handling, feeding, water,
relieving, grooming. When I work Jayden I'm an embassador. People will
ask questions. A guide dog is much more social than a cane. It's like
an ice breaker.
The amazing things about my dog are too many to list off hand and I've
only had him a wek. Today we had a car turn right in front of us even
though we had the right of way. Jaydend stopped dead. He finds stairs
and elevators, he finds chairs. Tonight he found our dinner table and
then our room. It was our first night working in harness in the
He is becoming my companion in addition to my mobility tool. It's
really incredible. I learned everything I could about guide dogs
before I decided. I talked to handlers and I talked to people who
chose not to have a dog.
The training is grueling. It's a mental and physical full time job for
three weeks straight, six days a week. But I think it will be totally
worth it the first time I work Jayden down the hill to Walgreens.
It's definitely not a decision to be made lightly. I would just do
lots of research and talk to guide dog handlers as well as cane
travelers who chose not to get a dog.
~Randi and Jayden
One Day at a Time
On Feb 24, 2010, at 8:25 PM, Teresa Dawson wrote:
> CAIN TRAVEL OR DOG TRAVEL
> Hi all My eyes are getting worse and I am considering Dog travel or
> Cain travel. I am very good with Cain travel. Can you tell me your
> opinion on Cain verses dog travel. What are the pros and cons of
> both types of travel? Thanks Teresa
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