Monday, December 19, 2011

Great things about being blind. Guide dogs at play.

Several times within the past few days, people have mentioned to me that they didn't think guide dogs got to play.  They thought that they work all of the time.  That, when I am at home, they have to guide me around the house.  This is not the case.  I strongly believe that, just as we work better when we also get time to relax, so do our guide dogs.  When my dog is at home, she is not working.  I do not need her to help me around the house.  She is loose.  She plays, chews a bone, sleeps, and is a dog.  We have play dates with other dogs especially other guide dogs.  Sometimes we go for walks where the dog is not working and gets to run and sniff or works part of the time and runs and sniffs for the rest of the time.  I think it makes them more relaxed and better workers. 

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