I think most of us that have experienced life with a cane and with a dog would say you are talked to much more with a guide dog rather than a cane. I like that ... a dog makes for a great conversation starter. It is much easier to say 'hi your dog is beautfiul' or 'how old is your dog?' 'what is your dog's name? rather than that is a really nice cane or how old is your cane. People greet Cricket ... a typical conversation is Hi Cricket -- to which I usually reply back 'hi' In leaving tonight, my supervisor said - See you cricket, have a good night! oh, you too, Becky!