[nabs-l] Mobility Methods

Lora and Myrtle blindhistory at gmail.com
Tue Dec 2 00:21:55 UTC 2008

Congradulations you found a match with sunny. Why is sunny so old compared
to other dogs that are issued out? Was she a donation dog?

On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 2:32 PM, Kolby Garrison
<kolbygarrison at triad.rr.com>wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
> I knew that I wanted to partner with a Guide Dog as soon as I was old
> enough
> to understand what a Guide Dog could do. After graduating High School I
> went
> to Guide Dogs For The Blind in San Rafael, California to receive my 1st
> Guide Dog, but things did not work out for me there. The 2 dogs that I was
> matched with were not the right dogs for me, and I came home without a dog.
> I was devastated and my confidence became nonexistent. I learned my College
> campus using the cane with the help of a wonderful Orientation And Mobility
> Instructor who helped me realize my independence potential, and who worked
> with me for hours on end making sure that I was ready by the 1st day of
> classes. I applied to The Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind, because I
> knew
> more than ever that a Guide Dog was the right thing for me. My confidence
> increased, and by the time my home interview with GDF rolled around I was
> confident and independent with the cane. I was accepted to GDF and matched
> with Sunny in June of this year. She is a 5 year old female Golden
> Retriever, and she has changed my life. The lack of tactile feedback took
> some getting use to, but I will not ever go back to using the cane as I
> have
> said before. People talked to me when I was using my cane just as much as
> they do now that I am partnered with Sunny, and yes even Guide Dog users
> have to ask for help. Learning new routes is just as difficult with a Guide
> Dog as it is with the cane, and I will be very interested to see how Sunny
> responds to the new routes, buildings, and classes that we will be working
> on very soon for the upcoming semester.
> If anyone has any questions concerning why partnering with a Guide Dog is
> the right thing for me personally, please do ask. I am of the opinion that
> individuals should use the methods that work best for them in all
> circumstances, and working with a Guide Dog is what works best for me. I am
> enjoying all of the discussions on this list about various aspects of being
> a blind student.
> Thank You,
> Kolby
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Lora and Leader Dog Myrtle

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