My Second Airplane Ride by Igor GuideDog

“I am very conscious of the advantages that my fickle health gives me over our robust squares.” – Nietzsche from The Gay Science Mommy booked us a red eye night flight which seemed, while still at the airport, like a good idea since i felt sleepy and well fed – – perhaps too well fed as it it turned out.… Read more

Guide Dog FAQ by Igor GuideDog

Can I pet you? No, I’m working. Duh.   What is your name? You talkin to me?!   Can I pet you now? 1 Strangers’ hands on me make me uncomfortable. 2 stop staring: unless you want to fight 3 and please, this constant chattering in silly voice is totally embarrassing for all.   Oh, please can I pet you?! If, by… Read more

First full day at doggy boot camp

  Breakfast with blind people. Very loud. Next, a “Juno” walk, wherein a simulated guide dog experience unfolds with trainer named Sue at harness front end (pretending to be dog named Juno), and me at harness backend (pretending not to be demoralized).  All the while, through the streets of Morristown, the head trainer watches to assess my skills with Juno,… Read more

I Go Bearing Gifts

  Leaving for doggy boot camp tomorrow.  Nervous and excited. Looking over my gifts.  I hope he/she likes them/me! Ah, arranged marriages…   Last time I went to The Seeing Eye (which was the first time I trained with a guide dog), I did not bring gifts.  This time I am bringing: #1 Nylabone (oh how Millennium loved to gnaw… Read more