[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: people's reactions and stpid questions

  • From: "Julie & Miss Mercy" <mercy421@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 00:17:17 -0500

Oh, I know! That's so annoying! I got so much, "The sign says not to pet but 
I can't help it! He's so cute!" And they'd proceed to do it, anyway, so why 
bother? Take care.
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Elizabeth and Burton" <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2006 10:48 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: people's reactions and stpid questions


I have the same experience so I too do not use signs.  They just pet the
dog and then read the sign.  Why burden puppy with a sign?  He has enough
to do.

E.
At 04:30 PM 12/3/2006, you wrote:
>Not everyone uses a sign on their dog's harness. I don't. Wherever I've
>been, they've never done much good. I found myself asking people not to pet
>my dog, anyway, so I figured if I was going to have to do that, anyway, why
>bother with a sign? <smile> I do know a lot of people have had good luck
>with them, but I know a lot of people like me who haven't, so I guess it
>depends on who you have to deal with on a daily basis. I don't even bother
>anymore with a sign and don't even own one anymore. Take care.
>--
>Julie Morales
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>----- Original Message -----
>From: "siss52" <siss52@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2006 9:27 AM
>Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: people's reactions and stpid questions
>
>
>
>I have never owned a guide dog.  I am a cane user.  So, although I have 
>been
>around guide dogs and know they are not supposed to be petted when working,
>I didn't realize there is a sign that says not to pet them.  It seems 
>people
>do not always pay attention to signs.
>
>Sue S.
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
>To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2006 4:07 AM
>Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: people's reactions and stpid questions
>
>
>Yes, that's just downright deliberately mean. It's too
>bad your dogs aren't allowed to be trained to snap at
>growl at unwanted pesterers.
>
>Cindy
>
>--- Elizabeth and Burton <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>wrote:
>
> > Or the ones who follow you for a block or two saying
> > things as they walk
> > behind you like "I don't believe you are blind.  If
> > you were blind you
> > would not be able to get around like that. (this
> > while I am going along
> > with my dog) Aren't there homes for you so you
> > aren't on the street scaring
> > the rest of us?" (apparently by walking down the
> > street) At this point, I
> > usually shout for help or get a copy to help
> > unattach this hanger on
> > particularly if the hanger on seems about to stay
> > for another block or two
> > or is waxing beligerent or seems drunk or otherwise
> > impaired.
> >
> > E.
> > At 11:38 PM 12/2/2006, you wrote:
> > >True, but when you are tired, concentrating on
> > homework and just wanting to
> > >relax, concentrating on the road ahead in case the
> > bus driver happens to
> > >forget you are there, they can get to be extremely
> > annoying questions.
> > >
> > >Smile.
> > >
> > >Actually today in Walmart I had a very young and
> > unsupervised tgirl come up
> > >and start to harrass Judson and I.  What bugged me
> > is that Judson was trying
> > >to do his job at the time, but she wouldn't leave
> > us alone.  Smile.
> > >
> > >
> > >Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI
> > >and Judson, guiding golden
> > >juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> > >Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
> > >Graduate Alumni Association Board
> > >www.guidedogs.com
> > >
> > >Dog ownership is like a rainbow.
> > >  Puppies are the joy at one end.
> > >  Old dogs are the treasure at the other.
> > >Carolyn Alexander
> > >
> > >----- Original Message -----
> > >From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
> > >To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > >Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2006 3:33 PM
> > >Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: people's
> > reactions and stpid questions
> > >
> > >
> > >Those are questions anyone with a dog might be
> > asked,
> > >Shelley, at least what is your dog's name, what
> > breed
> > >is it, and, can I pet him/her--especially children.
> > >Whebn my adult children join us at an outside table
> > >where we have a sandwich, with their baby and their
> > >dog, people--adults-- stop and ask about one or the
> > >other, depending on whether they're "dog" people or
> > >"baby" people--rarely both, now that I come to
> > think
> > >of it. Children, and even adults, will ask if it's
> > >o.k. to pet the dog.
> > >
> > >Cindy
> > >
> > >
> > >--- "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > >wrote:
> > >
> > > > I always wanted to but haven't done it yet.
> > > >
> > > > When I get on the buses in Kalamazoo, I would
> > always
> > > > get.
> > > >
> > > > What is your dog's name?  How long have you had
> > him?
> > > >  Is he trained?  What
> > > > breed is it?
> > > >
> > > > These are usually questions posed by bratty
> > > > ttenagers not people who
> > > > sincerely want to know.
> > > >
> > > > I want to turn around and says.
> > > >
> > > > And How old are you?  What breed are you?  Have
> > you
> > > > been trained? (as it
> > > > doesn't appear to be so to me),
> > > >
> > > > Smile, but haven't done it, don't have the guts
> > too.
> > > >
> > > > Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI
> > > > and Judson, guiding golden
> > > > juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > > Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
> > > > Graduate Alumni Association Board
> > > > www.guidedogs.com
> > > >
> > > > Dog ownership is like a rainbow.
> > > >  Puppies are the joy at one end.
> > > >  Old dogs are the treasure at the other.
> > > > Carolyn Alexander
> > > >
> > > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > > From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
> > > > To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > > > Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2006 2:45 AM
> > > > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT: people's reactions
> > and
> > > > stpid questions
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > I suspect the same insensitive people ask
> > similar
> > > > question of people with other disabilities, too.
> > I
> > > > think I would be tempted to reply by asking them
> > the
> > > > same question, e.g., re the living alone--"Do
> > you?"
> > > > As
> > > > to  your first example--it's hardd tp imagine
> > people
> > > > being that crass.
> > > >
> > > > The situation that has always puzzled me is
> > whether
> > > > or
> > > > not to help people in wheelchairs by opening
> > doors
> > > > for
> > > > them. I want to be helpful but I don't want them
> > to
> > > > feel that I think they can't be independent. I
> > > > usually
> > > > wait to see whether it appears that they need
> > help,
> > > > i.e., if they have to turn the sheelchair to
> > back
> > > > out,
> > > > or have to reach forward, I open the door--or is
> > > > someone else is pushing the chair. I try to let
> > > > people
> > > > be as independent as possible, but I don't want
> > them
> > > > to think I'm being uncaring, either--nor do I
> > want
> > > > people to think I pity them, because I don't. I
> > > > admire
> > > > people who don't let any kind of disability get
> > in
> > > > their way of living life. I'm not so sure I
> > could do
> > > > as well.
> > > >
> > > > Cindy
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > --- Elizabeth and Burton <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Actually that bothers me too.  I am also
> > bothered
> > > > by
> > > > > strangers walking up
> > > > > to me and saying "I have never watched a blind
> > > > > person ((fill in the blank
> > > > > such as eat a salad or do some task.)  I am
> > happy
> > > > to
> > > > > talk about myself but
> > > > > this is different than having no boundaries
> > where
> > > > my
> > > > > being blind means I am
> > > > > on display for the interest of others or need
> > to
> > > > > interrupt what I am doing
> > > > > to discuss my life with you.
> > > > >
> > > > > I am also amazed at the fact that total
> > strangers
> > > > > have come up to me and
> > > > > asked me things about my personal life.  It
> > would
> > > > > never occur to me to walk
> > > > > up to someone and say "Do you live alone?" "Do
> > you
> > > > > have children?" and
> > > > > such.  I mean if I am having a conversation
> > with
> > > > you
> > > > > you might ask me that
> > > > > if you knew me a bit but total strangers
> > somehow
> > > > > figure they have the right
> > > > > to ask personal things because we are visibly
> > > > > disabled.
> > > > >
> > > > > E.
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