[nagdu] EXTERNAL:Re: Italian greyhound guide dog?

Pickrell, Rebecca M (TASC) REBECCA.PICKRELL at tasc.com
Wed Sep 8 18:35:53 UTC 2010

Jewel, I worry about that adorable lab having to work so hard leading
that blind persn around. I trust him but what if the dog stepped on
something? He wouldn't be able to seek treatment because then the dog
couldn't guide him to the vet with that sore paw. 
Why not just trust the guy to know what he's doing? The story isn't
about animal abuse, it is about assault. The dog only happened to be

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Jewel S.
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2010 2:02 PM
To: NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users
Subject: EXTERNAL:Re: [nagdu] Italian greyhound guide dog?

It is a myth that small dogs don't need as much exercise. This is so
not true. My boyfriend owns a miniature poodle. He thinks he 's a
lapdog, but at 25 pounds, he's not sitting on *my* lap. However, this
poodle needs just as much exercise, if not more than, a standard
poodle. He is very hyper and loves to run and goes for a walk at least
five times a day to keep him from going stir-crazy. I am very glad
that I am not in college while my boyfriend is for this reason,
because I take the pup for walks while my b/f is at school.

I think Rusty, the 25-pound miniature poodle could make a good guide
dog. He's large enough to bear weight, but not quite as big as many
guide dogs. He is extremely smart and very gentle. his biggest problem
is that when he sees a girl or young woman, he *must* visit with them.
He has three girlfriends in the neighbourhood already...it's quite
hilarious, but it also is irritating when I ant to take a quick potty
break and that's all.

I still don't see how an IG could be a good guide dog, though. They
simply aren't fair weather dogs, and they are so fragile. People who
know how to care for the breed have trouble with them, and while I
will give the man the benefit of the doubt on his knowledge of the
breed, I still worry about the dog's well-being walking in all weather
and all.

A small dog wouldn't be the right guide dog for me, since I also need
balance support, but I could see someone like a few friends of mine
having miniature poodles (yes, I think poodles make good guides *hugs
to Mitzi, whom I haven't met, but I am sure she does her breed
justice*) or another calmer small dog. I so couldn't se snappy,
talkative cocker spaniels doing th e work, nor ankle-biting
chihuahuas, but there are some brees that might do the job. How about
a bulldog? *grin*


On 9/8/10, Tracy Carcione <carcione at access.net> wrote:
> I wonder if some of the smaller breeds might be a good solution for
> who don't take long walks, the folks who go from car to building and
> to car.  Or for elderly people who don't walk very fast and are using
> their dogs for short errands, going to church, visiting friends, etc.
> Instead of trying to breed slow, non-energetic labs, the schools could
> using a wider variety of breeds for the variety of people they serve.
> Not that I expect any of the big schools to try anything like that.
> tend to stick with the old methods.  Which is OK, but a little
> could be interesting.
> Tracy
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