My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Interesting Questions

I think others can relate to some of the questions we get asked with a dog in public that we politely answer and then later smile. I had one of those today! Upon leaving a public restroom a man came up to me and asked me - are you blind? yes, I replied and then he asked but can you see something to which I replied, yes I have a small fuzzy peephole in the center (I think that helped him understand why I needed a guide dog) to which he then asked - how did your dog know to take you into the ladies restroom and not the men's restroom? I explained that I needed to know generally where I was going before I could direct her and also told him some of the commands she knew. He seemed a bit relieved and said - I know those dogs are amazing but I just couldn't figure out how she could know to take you to the right restroom! I laughed thinking that it took some courage to ask a lady how she found the women's restroom! I also smiled remembering the time that I had helped my fabulous friend, Schalee, find the restroom and we had entered the wrong one -- oops, the blind leading the blind. I am much more careful now to get really good directions prior to entering.

7 comments:

Brittany said...

Lol, some of the comments and questions people have! Puppy raisers get them alot too.

OSU 98 said...

People just don't have a clue - nor do they stop and think about what comes out of their mouths before they say it.

Princess Coral said...

The questions I get all the time are:

1. How does your dog know when the light is green?

2. Can she read the street signs?

AND this is not common (THANK GOD!)but very funny:

3. Does your dog also read the menu to you?

I know they're smart, but people sometimes give these dogs too much credit!

And don't make me start with the "Blind & Bathroom" stuff. I have too many of those in my cane days! Shame on Me!!!

2 labs 4 me said...

You mean to tell me, that you haven't taught Cricket how to read the bathroom signs? (tee hee)
Sorry, I couldn't resist.......
Debi

Lisa and Runza said...

Oh that's hilarious! I LOVE it!

Sarah and the Pack. said...

I love reading your blog! You can make me laugh and cry at the same time. I do have to say, puppy raisers can get weird comments too. One time I was in the drive-thru lane at McDonalds, with Sterling in his puppy coat, and the girl looked at me and went..."Oh my god, you are blind!"

I hope it is ok if I link your blog!

Sarah and Sterling

Becky said...

Thanks everyone ... I know you can all appreciate it ... the funny one for the day is a guy at Costco asked me where I got that cool harness for my dog!

And yes, most definitely put me on yours as a link, love it.