[nagdu] Quick Question

Tamara Smith-Kinney tamara.8024 at comcast.net
Sun Apr 24 20:21:44 UTC 2011


Wow!  Wild times in the disco decade!

Ya know, I always try to be cautious even in my first gut reaction to tales
of other guide dog users as it relates to whether or not they be allowed
anywhere near a guide dog in the first place, but...

No, on the tale you just told, I think I'll go with my gut and not even try
to think it over.  Heavens!

It's odd, because the guide dog using college crowd I know -- mostly from
this list or from other NFB thingies -- are as responsible with their dogs
as they are with their studies, as far as I can tell.  Certainly in their
attitudes and even how they describe little mishaps or misadventures and how
they handle the new quirks in life with their dog.  I always feel like I
must be a total bum compared to them, frankly.  Also weary because I don't
know where they come up with the energy to all that when I can't...  Until
somebody reminds me I'm not 20 anymore, but they are.  /lol/

Tami Smith-Kinney

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of Ed Meskys
Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2011 12:05 PM
To: NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users
Subject: Re: [nagdu] Quick Question

I was teaching at a small private college when I lost my sight, and the 
summer after rehab I got a dog from Seeing Eye. There was a woman student 
with a dog already there, and I noted she did a number of things she 
shouldn't have. When she had no classes she would sit in the student lounge 
with her dog in harness, and other students would play with him/her by 
kicking wadded up pieces of paper. She earned money on work-study by working

the college switch board. When she was on duty she would take off the dog's 
harness and let him run on campus, and then have to call many times when she

wanted him back. At dorm parties students would give her dog beer, and (s)he

would pass out. Her boy friend had to carry her dog back to her dorm room. 
All these horrified me.

I had a problem when working my dog on campus because there were a number of

loose pet dogs there, and they would bother mine by trying to play with him 
while he was trying to work. This was in the early 70s, a time of students 
striking over Viet Nam and other matters, and the administration could do 
little to maintain discipline.

I do not know what problems you might have, but be aware of the 

Ed Meskys 

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