[nagdu] Dogs and traffic lights

Pickrell, Rebecca M (TASC) REBECCA.PICKRELL at tasc.com
Mon Aug 22 14:58:55 UTC 2011

In fairness, the first time you told me "I can only hear out of one ear" I was thinking "What dos this mean, and how do I apply it?" 
Shame on me for not asking this directly when we were hanging out. 

The thing is, you are great to talk to. You hold a conversation very well.  You have traveled extensively.  I just didn't know you needed extra assistance, nor did I know what that would be. 

I think it was only when you said something, probably on this list that I finally "got" it. 
It might be more useful if you tell people "I can only hear out of one ear. This means I..." and then fill it in in terms of what you need someone to do and why you need it. 

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Dan Weiner
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 10:27 AM
To: 'NAGDU Mailing List, the National Association of Guide Dog Users'
Subject: [nagdu] Dogs and traffic lights

As usual, Tommy, a very entertaining and pleasant post.
The misconception about guide dogs reading traffic lights seems to be the
most persistent one.
I don't get as  many comments on it  these days and that's  either because
I'm doing better or people just don't give a darn--smile.

It used to happen all the damned time.
I have explained that I hear only out of one ear.
It goes in one ear and not out the other?--lol.
So, telling whether the cars are in front or to the side of me has always
been an interesting proposition.
I remember when I was a kid and made my first ventures in to independent
I'm not going to mince words, I'd just stand at the curb with tears in my
eyes because I just couldn't tell.  I just figured out that you do the best
you can and that's it.

I've developed my own techniques, but you know sooner or later something
And of course everyone's there to tell me that my dog crossed me against the
light or something like that, why did the dog do that, isn't he/she trained?
I think what irks me is not the question, but that half the time when I
explain it they keep arguing?
Oh, but aren't they supposed to tell you when it's red?
I just explained that. Oh, but isn't it dangerous? Well, I explain that one

Once a guy debated with me, yes argued about it. He said he had a professor
in college who told him that guide dogs cross when the light is the right
color and so "I don't know who trained that dog, but those dogs do know".

Oy vay, as my Dad would have said.

And what's more, people who can't remember what they had for breakfast will
remember for weeks that they saw you cross against the light.

Of course, they wouldn't ever consider, let's see..asking you if you needed
assistance when it actually happened?

Go figure.

And where are they when I do it right? They are there probably saying "you
see, that dog did know when the light's red".--lol

Dan the man, Carter the nut


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