[nagdu] Hello

Tamara Smith-Kinney tamara.8024 at comcast.net
Wed Apr 6 00:16:16 UTC 2011

Welcome, Sarah!  My name is Tami (pronounced Tammy, in case you're using
JAWS), and I live in Oregon with my nearly 5 year old owner trained poodle
guide Mitzi.  I spent a number of happy hears of my young adulthood down in
LA and loved it.  I wouldn't have had so much fun there if I weren't able to
drive at the time, though.  /grin/  Has public transportation improved much
since the late 80's?

Anyway, it's good to see another potential poodle user joining us.  Boy, are
you in for an adventure!  /evil grin/  We do have another poodle guide user
from B.C. on the list, so now I can watch how someone else handles some of
those special poodle qualities.  Or hear someone else say some of those
things a poodle guide user tends to say without remembering that people with
sensible dogs like labs and goldens and shepherds no doubt find completely
nutty. /lol/  I wouldn't trade my poodle for the world, and I love her
poodly temperament and energy and enthusiasm.  She's a clever, clever guide,
which I love when we go adventuring.  She has an incredible vocabulary and
has me totally spoiled with her power of finding things.  She is also very
busy, very active and requires plenty of running exercise and play to stay
in balance.  So I like to say that she keeps me fit and young except for
when she makes me feel old and weary.  /lol/

Miguel sounds like a great guy.  I love the labbies and goldens, even though
I've always been a shepherd nut from years before I needed a guide.

Tami Smith-Kinney

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of Sarah Clark
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 2:57 PM
To: nagdu at nfbnet.org
Subject: [nagdu] Hello

Hi all,

I joined the list a few days ago but have been quiet as of yet.
My name is Sarah, and I live in the Los Angeles area with my husband and my
first guide, a male yellow lab/golden cross named Miguel.  I got him from
GDB in SR in 2002, so we've been together for almost 9 years.  Miguel will
be 11 in June, and is still working well, though he's recently begun to
develop some sorness in his lower spine.  I've put in my apps for my next
guide, but I require a poodle now for medical reasons, so my wait will be

Commenting on a recent post, I agree that the dogs that are older when
issued are more mature and easier to manage.  Miguel was 22 months old when
he was issued, and he didn't display much in the way of typical puppy
behavior.  He never really tested me much at all, and he was never a chewer,
so much so that I am able to routinely use his leather leash as his tie down
with no problems.

Sarah & Miguel

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