[nagdu] GDA Ownership Agreement

Sheila Leigland sleigland at bresnan.net
Sat Apr 23 04:30:57 UTC 2011

That's funny.

-----Original Message-----
From: Tamara Smith-Kinney <tamara.8024 at comcast.net>
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2011 5:49 PM
To: 'NAGDU Mailing List,	the National Association of Guide Dog Users' <nagdu at nfbnet.org>
Subject: Re: [nagdu] GDA Ownership Agreement

Yeah.  Wonder if we can find a puppy for each of us to raise with our own
hands and with total control of every thing about the dog every second of
every day...  Or maybe we should genetically design a perfect guide dog,
have total control from the get-go!  That way, we could each have a puppy
that doesn't chew, bark, vomit, mess, rip, shred, run around crazily,
discover it's new loud grown up bark at 2 o'clock in the morning...  

Ah, what the heck.  It we can take genetic engineering that far, why don't
we just have it born a guide dog by instinct?  We could make it genetically
flea-free, rabies-free, accident-free...  /lol/  Maybe even have it born
with a guide dog harness already on its body?  Whaddaya think?

Home training is also a very attractive option for me, for a number of
reasons.  But, as you say, a lot depends.

Tami Smith-Kinney

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of Julie J
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2011 2:49 PM
To: NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users
Subject: Re: [nagdu] GDA Ownership Agreement


I am the same way.  My plans for my next dog change on a weekly basis, but I

always have one!

Right now I am about 75% sure I'll go through a program next time.  Kiddo 
wants me to owner train again and start with a young puppy no less. 
Conveniently he will most likely be off in college so he'll miss all the 
housebreaking accidents on the carpet and the chewing up of anything not 
nailed down and other general puppiness.

My husband doesn't have much of an opinion one way or another.  He doesn't 
want any more than two dogs in the house though.   He's also not fond of a 
lot of upheaval.  A young puppy would probably drive him nuts!He adores 
Monty though, who is like the Energizer Bunny of the dog world.

In the end it will come down to my job situation at the time.  If it looks 
anything like it does now, home training will be a must. I could possibly 
swing one of the two week classes at GDB.  Ownership is a nonnegotiable 
factor for me though.  Those two things narrow down the options quite a bit

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