[nabs-l] dog v. cane

Julie McGinnity kaybaycar at gmail.com
Tue Nov 23 21:50:42 UTC 2010

This is definitely a personal prefference.  I will only take my dog to
one movie theater in the area because the rest are too crowded, and
there is too much nastiness on the floor.  Movie theaters are

I would not take her to a concert, but I have taken her to musicals,
and I go to classical concerts all the time.  They put her right to
sleep.  Again, just a personal prefference.  I probably wouldn't take
my dog to a TSO concert.  Good call.  Way too loud.  Lol!

These are the kinds of decisions you have to make when you have a dog.
 Sometimes you realize after the fact that you probably shouldn't
taken your dog to a certain place because it just didn't work.  That
may happen.  As a first time guide dog handler, there are going to be
times like that, but NAGDU has a great list serve.  You can always ask
them, and the schools are always willing to help out as well.

I personally have not had many access problems.  I also would not want
that to stop you from getting a dog.  It is definitely something to
consider though.

On 11/23/10, autTeal Bloodwortho <tealbloodworth at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is so true especially in certain places where people take their pets
> into stores and say they are working animals. Also i think somebody was
> talking about concerts. Personally i would not take my guide dog to a
> concert, movie theatre, or even a club/bar. David does make a very good
> point though because even though they are welcome to anywhere the general
> public can go some places will give you a hard time and may end up in
> something rediculous. Plus i think when going to a hospital or somewhere it
> isn't appropriate to take mine because he does still get excited by certain
> family members.
>         -Teal
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Andrews" <dandrews at visi.com>
> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list"
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> Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 1:11 PM
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] dog v. cane
>> Not to be argumentative, but I can travel as rapidly as most any dog user.
>> Whether a dog, or a cane, there is a continuum of abilities.
>> To me it is mostly a personal preference to use a cane.  One thing, about
>> using a dog, which hasn't been said, I think, is that there are people out
>> there who are against a dog, and will try and deny you entrance to a
>> restaurant, taxi, or other public accommodation.  While you have the law
>> on your side, you also need to be prepared to take on this prejudice -- in
>> addition to all the stuff we get as blind people going through life.
>> Dave
>> At 10:57 AM 11/23/2010, you wrote:
>>>I agree with everything that was said.  I too, find that I travel much
>>>faster with a dog.  It is, however, a huge responsibility.  I got my
>>>dog in high school, and I discovered that it was a big responsibility
>>>then.  I was ready for it though.
>>>The best thing that I find about having a dog is the bond you have
>>>with that dog.  My dog and I are best friends.  We are bonded for
>>>life.  That is what I love most.  She helps me out, and I take care of
>>>her.  I love it.
>>>I want to add also that even though you can have your dog find rooms
>>>for you, you need to know where you are going.  You need to know if
>>>your dog has taken you to the right room.  A lot of the mobility
>>>skills that you needed with a cane cannot be forgotten.  I still use a
>>>lot of the things I learned in mobility training everyday.  Sometimes
>>>if your dog has an attitude, she will try and take you where she
>>>thinks you want to go instead of the real place.  Lol!  This doesn't
>>>happen oftin, and it's easy to correct, but it is something you have
>>>to pay attention to.
>>>Good luck George!  If you want to talk about having a guide dog in
>>>high school(I believe you are in high school), you can email me off
>>         David Andrews and long white cane Harry, dandrews at visi.com
>> Follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dandrews920
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Julie McG
 Lindbergh High School class of 2009, participating member in Opera
Theater's Artist in Training Program, and proud graduate of Guiding
Eyes for the Blind

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that
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