[nagdu] questions about having a guide dog

Julie McGinnity kaybaycar at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 00:08:23 UTC 2011

Hello Tatyana.

My name is Julie, and I have a five year old yellow lab named Brie.  I
got her from Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  Now onto your questions:

I have been told that a dog can ride on 11-hour flights.  Not exactly
sure how it's done.  Hopefully, someone on this list can explain how
it works.

After my senior year in high school, I went on a 3 week trip to
Germany with a group of students.  For a number of reasons, I couldn't
take Brie with me, so I left her at home with my mom.  When I got
back, Brie and I interacted like nothing had happened.  These dogs
don't forget.  I have made a decision to not leave her for so long
again, but not because of anything she has done.  I just enjoy the
bond we have.  I still leave her the ocasional night if she is sick
and I need to be somewhere or something like that.

I live in St. Louis, and I have no access issues.  I have been asked
from time to time if she is a service dog, and I say yes and leave it
at that.  It's as simple as that, but I know that in some states there
are more access issues.  .

Hope this helps.

On 8/30/11, Tatyana <tagriru at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm not a guide dog user, still can't decide.Many, many questions.
> Can a dog stand 11 hours in an airplane before to relief?
> If you are not taking a dog with you while you're on leave, can a dog stay
> without  you for 2 weeks and not lose its shape as a service dog? Wouldn't
> it be also  a bad psychological impact?
> How often do you need to fight for the  right  to bring  a   dog with you in
> restaurants, pools,  medical offices and other public places? Is it
> something that you do all the time or you get  mostly normal attitude from
> employees?
> Thank you and all the best
> Tatyana.
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Julie McG
 Lindbergh High School class of 2009, participating member in Opera
Theater's Artist in Training Program, and proud graduate of Guiding
Eyes for the Blind

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal
John 3:16

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