[access-uk] Re: Doping a guide dog?

Peter, sorry as well to hear of your misfortune. Good advice, take the dog to the vet, and get in touch with guide dogs.

Please keep us informed how you go on,
Billy
----- Original Message ----- From: "anthony campbell" <anthony.campbell07@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2008 11:46 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Doping a guide dog?


hi peter. sorry to hear about what happened. some people don't care what they give the dogs. also don't blame the dog he will eat anything that is put in front of him. i would also take him to the bet and have a quick check up of him.

cheers

----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter Logue" <plsd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2008 11:35 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Doping a guide dog?


Hi all,
Today I was in Helensburgh where my wife and I had just bought another
house. I had gone over the property, was quite pleased with the purchase and went to celebrate with a pint or two. My favourite bar is really quite nice
and caters to all types. However they also cater to a great many sailors
from navy boats that come to dock at Faslane submarine base. Today was no
different and the place was quite busy. After a brief 15 minutes I thought
my guide dog was a little listless, kept putting his chin on my knee. I
thought he wanted a drink, so I took him a drink. He still kept putting his
chin on my knee. The place was busy with all kinds of sailors, some were
very friendly, having not seen a lovely dog for some time and wanted his
attention. Still his chin was on my knee though. So maybe he wanted a pee or to spend. I took him outside between the cars and he peed a little. Inside again he had a sip of water and tried to settle. But it soon occurred that
he was up on his
Haunches instead of laying at rest. I just could not figure it out. The
place was busy, but its often busy. Sailors are petting him and making a
fuss, as they always do to a fine looking dog. At this time my friends are telling me that Ernie is looking listless and apprehensive in a manner that they had not ever seen before. Anyway its time to go so I harness up the dog and head over to the train station for the train. To cut this short, we are
heading up the pavement and into the station where the platforms lie. The
train is dead ahead so I tell my guide dog ... Forward Ernie, find the door. He moves forward and walks me right off the platform and I go crashing right onto the tracks. Apparently Ernie had seen the doors alright, but the doors
he saw were on the train of the far platform, not any train dead ahead. I
can't see of course, as my vision is just dark smoke so I thought he was
heading for the door, going by the sound of things as I tend to do these
days. It was a close escape I guess. Anyway I felt I had to call my wife for
an escort home as I was quite shaken, as was ernie. As we got home we
noticed that Ernie was still listless and he went on to sleep all night, not wanting to go out for a pee or nothin'. Later at night when called to head
upstairs  he usually bounds up two at a time. But tonight he just barely
made it up. And when we were upstairs and we encouraged him to a little
play, he just laid his head down and could care less. I'm hoping the poor
guy isn't in some kind of extasy nightmare but unable to relate. I'm hoping
some sailor didn't slip him a piece of blue chocolate. I can't figure why
he'd walk me off the edge of a platform. I can't explain his listlessness; he's usually such a vibrant dog. I hope no-one has slipped him something. As
to my fall, a torm pair of pants, a badly bruised leg, a sore ego and
totally embarrassed. I'll be phoning guide dogs tomorrow to get to the
bottome of why Ernie would walk me over the brink when he has turned left, then right, then right these past two years. Luckily I was in the depot of
helensburgh central. Had I been in Queen street, I'd have met the 25,000
volt third rail.
Peter Logue.












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