Re: [IRLGuideDogs] Volunteers to Assist with Free-Running our Dogs

  • From: "Tom O'Neill" <oneillbt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <irlguidedogs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2007 22:04:13 +0100

Audrey
I like this idea a lot and I believe it has other winning points for Irish
Guide dogs for the Blind for example:
Should a puppy walker decide that they wanted a break from puppy walking
wouldn't one of those be a wonderful "watcher" while our dogs would be free
running.  Also it would keep their interest alive in Guide Dogs.
Also it could build up a bond between an owner and a volunteer and should
that owner be away on a holiday that person might become a minder for a
weekend or longer.
I think winners all round but I do feel this idea would really take off if
you had the puppy walking supervisors Margaret and Michael on board with
you.
I also think that advertising in vets premises would be well worth doing and
all of us that have a guide dog have a vetinary practice we visit so Audrey
draw up that poster right away, I want one
Tom
----- Original Message -----
From: "Audrey Tormey" <atormey@xxxxxx>
To: "guidedog-egroup" <irlguidedogs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 9:31 PM
Subject: [IRLGuideDogs] Volunteers to Assist with Free-Running our Dogs


> Hi Everyone,
>
> Just a thought I've had over the past few weeks, and thought I'd share it
> with the guide dog community!
> I am wondering what people think of recruiting a band of
volunteers/friends
> to offer visual assistance to those of us while free-running our dogs.  I
> know myself, I always find it most helpful when I have someone who can
keep
> n eye on Woody while he is unwinding in a park, or along the strand.  How
do
> others manage? I'm particularly interest in hearing from GDOs who, like
> myself are totally blind.  I would also like to welcome a friend of mine
> Adele to the list! Adele is a puppy-walker with loads of experience, and
> perhaps she might post to the list whenever she has time!  Adele is
> currently puppy-walking an adorable lab-retriever called Ewan, and Woody
and
> Ivy often have a good run with Ewan.
>
> Finally, I will add, I would be interested in being instrumental in
forming
> a volunteer group to assist GDOs with free-running, but I would appreciate
> feedback from IGDB, from listers overseas in order to glean feedback and
any
> useful tips!
>
> Regards:
>
> Audrey
>
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