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

  • From: "Audrey Tormey" <atormey@xxxxxx>
  • To: <irlguidedogs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 19:56:39 +0100

Hi Tom,

Great idea regarding puppy-walkers, and their input in volunteering to
visually assist gdos with free-running, after all, puppy-walkers are ideal
people since they are aware of the dos and don'ts! I have chatted with
several people interested in "volunteering" and I will contact the Training
Centre for guidance [excuse the pun!] so, any more ideas, and feedback
welcome.  I will definitely contact vetinary practices and animal hospitals
to publicise the fact that volunteers are urged to get involved if
interested.  So, I'll be working on translating my thoughts into practice,
and as I said, I'll keep all posted, and I look forward to others ideas!

Regards, and have a great Easter weekend to all

Audrey
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom O'Neill" <oneillbt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <irlguidedogs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 10:04 PM
Subject: Re: [IRLGuideDogs] Volunteers to Assist with Free-Running our Dogs


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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