[bksvol-discuss] Re: O_T Guide dogs in High school

Hi.

I was seventeen when I got my first guide. It was the summer before my senior year in high school, and I was kind of worried about how people would respond to having a dog in school. Luckily, my experience was pretty good. No one was cruel to my guide. There was a lot of interest in her, of course, and people did try to pet and feed her, thinking that I wouldn't notice. However, the staff was very cooperative, and, by the end of my senior year, she wasn't so much of a novelty anymore.

Shannon
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Although I was sixteen when I got a dog, I'd just graduated high school and
was off to college. I know my high school would not have been ready for a
dog. They really weren't even ready for it when I started using a cane, so
I think they would have been very hard on the dog.


Nowadays, I feel guilty about getting a dog.  In the past, when I've had a
dog, I've either been in college, and running frantically all through the
day, or working in a job that at least had some travel required, including
trips to other states, and field trips with students.

Nowadays, I sit at a desk all day and stare at a computer screen ...
Figuratively, of course.  I think it would be boring for a dog.


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I waited till I had graduated before getting my dog for the reasons that you
discussed E.


My high school wasn't ready for a blind student and I know they weren't
ready for a guide dog.

It worked out.

I got Judson in July after I graduated from HS. and before I net to my
undergrad university in August.

Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI
and Judson, guiding golden
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Dog ownership is like a rainbow.
Puppies are the joy at one end.
Old dogs are the treasure at the other.
Carolyn Alexander

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How cruel some kids can be! Had it not been for those kids, your first dog
would have worked out.


My best friend in high school got a dog before our senior year, but the
school superintendent made her keep him outside in a kennel. The kennel was
in the sun during that hot September, and her dog got a heat stroke and
died.


Sue S.

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I really got my first dog at sixteen the summer before my senior year in high school. My schoolmates drove cars near the dog and slammed on brakes to make that screechy noise. They came up to the dog and pretended to hit it or kick it or made loud noises and sudden movements near it to scare it. By the end of the year, the dog would come home and cower behind the couch. She went back to Seeing Eye. I went back to Seeing Eye the summer before my freshman year in college to get my second dog. So I think of this second dog as the first one I had for a long time.

E.

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