[nagdu] Dixie, person would like to join FDGF-Friends.

Artie. anolden at tampabay.rr.com
Fri Aug 19 03:45:39 UTC 2011

Hi Dixie.

reinhard stebner would like to join the FGDF-Friends list.

cc: reinhard stebner

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "reinhard stebner" <rwstebner at aol.com>
To: <nagdu at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 9:40 AM
Subject: [nagdu] fidelco guide dogs, what do you think of this organization

Good day to you,

I just joined this list in hopes of getting opinions of Fidelco guide  > 

1) What have you thought  about Fidelco dogs?  I recently say a Braille 
monitor article about one users bad experience with Fidelco.  I had
> applied for a dog from them in February and was just approved to get a 
> guide from them.  After reading the article, I have doubts if I have  made 
> the correct decision with attending this guide school.

> 2) All of the dogs that I have seen from this school have been very   well 
> trained and respond well to their handlers.  I wanted a German  Shepherd 
> and did not have time to go to a traditional school.  I have  had poor 
> matches from other schools and wanted to give a smaller school a try.

 Any constructive feedback is welcome about guide dogs schools.  I want  to 
make sure I am making the best possible decision and not have issues  with 
he school.


    I know people with Fidelco guides, I hang out in the group where they 
do, and my guide is from the Guide Dog  Foundation  on Long Island.

    So,  you saw one item about a Fidelco guide that is less than 
satisfactory.  One?  I got a guide dog from Southeastern in Florida 11 years 
ago; a dog that admittedly should not have been issued to be a service dog; 
and was early-retired.  My second guide from SEGDI was fantastic!  My GDF 
guide is super fantastic, as is my S-O's Goldador from GDF, which is her 
sixth guide since high school; first from GDF.

    Poor matches happen everywhere.   It's part of life.  I'd seen 
mis-matches get corrected with SEGDI handlers.  No school never has a 

    One reason I applied to GDF was that I spent my life and career on "the 
Island".  It's my old stomping grounds.

    I'd suppose that there are Fidelco  handlers here in the NAGDU list.  I 
can put the word out in the group where they hang their hats, if you'd like.

    Artie and GDF Golden guide dog JJ by the Gulf,
    west central Florida.
    Dusty's Light Will  Shine Forever!
    and sweet Charcoal, who has received her Beautiful
    Angel Wings, her Loving Memory lives on in our hearts.


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