Preparing the home for a young dog (thankfully not a puppy) is what I’ve been doing. It’s really fun, and I have to remember things like keeping my guest basket with footies and slippers in my closet until people come over so they don’t become dog chews.
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So excited for the adventure! Follow me on social for more updates. Just a little over a week until my trip to Leader Dogs for the Blind to get my guide dog!
I can hardly wait to meet you, my dear Leader Dog!
The day they bring you to me is a big moment for both of us. You’ve left a family who raised you for a year or more to train for your new life with someone new. It’s a big change. I understand.
Don’t worry. I promise to take good care of you, with plenty of activities, snuggles and fresh air. We’ll live in the country and visit towns and cities. We’ll sit out on the deck at night and listen to the symphony of creatures giving their performance.
Welcome to Episode 6 of the Low Vision Hijinx Podcast, where you get amusing, entertaining & educational stories of living with limited eyesight.
This week’s show is longer than usual, because I’m sharing some deep thoughts about the great debate among people who are partially or totally blind:
White Cane or Guide Dog?
I have had 2 guide dogs, both of whom I trained myself.
Molly died a year and a half ago, and I just am not happy without a dog. So I decided it was time to apply to a school and get one that was already prepared.
WHile I can and do travel safely with a long white cane, I am simply unhappy without a dog.
This week’s show reveals my own thoughts. Also, if you or someone you know is making this decision, I invite you or them to contact me. I give the email address on today’s show. You can also contact me on my Facebook Page or LinkedIn or Twitter.
Advantages of a long white cane.
It is a lot less expensive than a dog.
It’s easy to keep clean.
Advantages of a guide dog
Can help you avoid dangers a cane can’t warn you about
Companionship and comfort
Extra set of eyes
Other Considerations about Dogs
If you decide to get a guide dog, you must love dogs and want to do things like:
They cost about $700 a year to maintain (food, vet, preventative meds, etc)
They require frequent grooming and baths.
Sometimes you’ll have access issues with a place trying to deny your dog
What’s the Best Decision?
The best choice is the one that fits your needs and lifestyle. The decision is yours. Don’t let naysayers in your family detract you if a dog is what you want.
Listen to today’s show for these and other insights. And come back next week for more adventure in low vision living.
Do you believe in giving your dog nutritional supplements?
Please feel free to answer in the comments wherever you see this post.
I believe in the power of real world food and plants to keep people and animals sound. I use a Vitamix daily to extract nutrients from whole foods.
Supplements are not a cure-all, but I believe if you get high quality whole food supplements, ones that come from actual real world elements, they can help.
This picture if my last guide dog Molly Flagtail lying with her head draped over the arm of a chair. So cute! I still miss her so much.
I helped preserve a high quality of life for my first guide dog Thunder when she was given only a month to live because of lymphosarcoma. I helped her have almost 4 months after her diagnosis, with no chemotherapy or other unnatural interventions.
I gave my guide dogs joint supplements, because as guide dogs, their life is more demanding. They’re out in the elements with me, winter, summer, and everything in between. They need extra nutrition compared to a dog hanging out mostly inside at home all the time.
I was given a new product to try in exchange for an honest review. CondroBest Liquid Joint Supplement for Dogs is a well-formulated natural supplement. I’ve tried it out on a couple f dogs. They’ve each had a few doses. The formulation is excellent, with plenty of joint-supporting glucosamine. the liquid is easy to give. Look for it on Amazon and give it a try.
Be sure to muscle test your dog with any supplement and also go with your vet’s recommendation. Muscle testing is easy. Hold the supplement while hugging your dog so you can have contact and hold the bottleLoop your thumb and first finger like a chain link fence. Ask in your mind if this is good for the dog and pull apart your fingers. IF they won’t pull, it’s good. If they fly apart, it’s not.