[bct] Re: hearing loss

  • From: "Curt" <catucker24@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 17:27:56 -0600

Marsha you are 100% correct.   Years ago dog guide schools required
students to be able to walkseveral miles and be in a specific age range
but this is no longer true.  I think that the ADA played a part in the
changes.  I know that Guide Dogs of the Desert   was one of the first to
train people with multiple disabilities and senior citizensand now many
of the schools will work with  persons with other disabilities in
addition to blindness.  And I know two women who each have a two year
old Lab that is so laid back you would think it is an old dog ready to
retire, but these ladies don't do much walking and the school knew that
when the dog was issued. With the aging population in the U. S.  there
are more seniors who decide to get a dog.  Once again, a dog is not for
everyone, it is a personal choice.  
 ----- Original Message ----- 
From: Marsha  <mailto:marshamac@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Macchi 
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 1:30 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: hearing loss

Hi, Marsha here.  As a guide dog user of long standing, you don't have
to walk the marathon or run like the wind to think that a guide dog is
not worth your while.  I do not do a great deal of traveling at this
point in my life but what traveling I do is enough to warrant one.  I
know of seniors who use guide dogs to go to the store, go to the mail
box or to go to their senior center or blind center should they wish to
do so.  As a home-based business as a medical transcriptionist, I find
it does me good to get out if nothing else but to go out to dinner or go
for a walk.  You don't have to be the consummate traveling guru, going
miles and miles and get on a bus every day, messing with the crowds and
getting on and off airplanes, trains and the like to get good use of a
guide dog.  Yes, you should keep them in practice walking even somewhat
every day but even a young dog can and does adapt to your lifestyle.
Hope this helps somewhat.
Marsha and Lazarus

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Anthony  <mailto:santhonyr@xxxxxxxxx> Rose 
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 8:24 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: hearing loss

I have a guide dog, and her name is Sandy.  she's a yellow lab, 14 years
old.  I think it will be quite a while before I get another one though.
I really love animals, but I don't do enough traveling to make it worth
a dog's while, and I hate to be so unfair to the dog.  Sandy is really
old now, so I'm sure she doesn't mind, but a young dog would probably
have problems with my lack of travvel.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Mary  <mailto:maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Emerson 
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 9:45 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: hearing loss

I don't do enough traveling to make it worth while to get a dog guide. I
love animals and love dogs as pets. I mentioned my favorite pet, Heidi,
who was her own independent, rambunctious, loving character; not as
rambunctious and goofy as Jake, but she just loved everybody and there
wasn't a mean bone in her. She was long and lanky and could bend herself
to get through almost any size gate or door or opening. She had Airdale
eyes and was a mix of Airdale, lab and shepherd. I won't go on any more
about her but she was just like a puppy for all of her 13 years.
Now you know why I love all the dog stories on BCT and on the list!

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