013 Leaving for Leader Dogs! Low Vision Hijinx Piodcast

I’m off to get my new guide dog from Leader Dogs for the Blind in just a few days! I don’t know the gender or breed yet, so I’ll discover that when I’m there.

 I’ve been having fun buying a ball and reflective vest for my new dog.

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E12 Prepaing My Home for the New Leader Dog! Low Vision Hijinx Podcast

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!

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Love Letter to My Future Leader Dog | Write On Purpose

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I’m so excited to be going to Michigan for my new Leader Dog!

Even though I haven’t met my dog yet, I love him or her with all my heart! I’ve been getting a few things…a ball, a Himalayan Chew…for the new arrival.

Thie following is a post I wrote on my author blog WriteOnPUrpose.com.

Love Letter to My Future Leader Dog

By Ronda Del Boccio

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.

Read the full story at Love Letter to My Future Leader Dog | Write On Purpose.

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E6: The Great Guide Dog VS White Cane Debate: My Decision to Get a Leader Dog

Welcome to Episode 6 of the Low Vision Hijinx Podcast, where you get amusing, entertaining & educational stories of living with limited eyesight.

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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

  • Intelligence
  • 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.
  • They shed.
  • 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.

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Do You Give Your Dog Joint Supplements?

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Do you believe in giving your dog nutritional supplements?

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Molly Flagtail lying with nose draped over the arm of a chairI 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.

Here’s my Amazon review.

What do you give your dog?

Ronda