[nagdu] Quick Question
linda.gwizdak at cox.net
Mon Apr 25 23:38:01 UTC 2011
When I was first in college, my roommate got a guide dog during the summer
and she decided to get a single room for her and the guide dog. Well,
halfway tthrough the school year, she and I decided to room together again!
There was no problem with me, her, and her dog in our room. I interacted
with the dog some, but the dog's owner did the most and I did not interact
with the dog while in harness.
Things worked out so well, we became roommates after we graduated from
college and we are still good friends to this very day. We've been friends
since 1970 - I was 19 and she was 18 at the time. Well, now I'm 60 and she's
As long as one sets limits and has the ability to do unpopular things
because it is needed, then it can work out very well to have a roommate and
have a guide dog in a dorm room.
Lyn and Landon
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lisa Irving" <lirving1234 at cox.net>
To: "NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users"
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Sent: Sunday, April 24, 2011 1:31 AM
Subject: Re: [nagdu] Quick Question
> I applaud
> your maturity, your willingness to seek feedback.
> As an incoming freshman you will incur many new responsibilities. It's a
> lot of work to be a college student. It's work whether you are blind or
> sighted. The fact of the matter, it's even more work when you are blind.
> Keep this in mind as you weigh your options.
> I think back to when I was a freshman, back in the 80s. I think I could
> have handled caring for my guide dog. What I likely would have had trouble
> with is not letting my dog become everyone's toy. I think I would have had
> difficulties living in a dorm and setting boundaries with room mates.
> There are a lot of us on this list who want to see you be successful as a
> student as well as being a guide dog handler. Both are huge jobs that take
> determination, consistency and some tenacity.
> Lisa and Bernie ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mark J. Cadigan" <kramc11 at gmail.com>
> To: "NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users"
> <nagdu at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2011 8:09 AM
> Subject: [nagdu] Quick Question
>> Hi all. This is Mark with a quick question. Feel free to respond either
>> on or off list. I will be attending college at Suffolk University as a
>> freshman in Boston this September. I have been accepted to attend the
>> Seeing Eye July class. My question is, should I get a dog now, or should
>> I defer it for a year and go to the training the summer before soft more
>> year. I can see the merits of both, and just curious as to your thoughts.
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