[nagdu] Introduction Re: Canes With Dogs
buddy at brannan.name
Wed Aug 31 23:12:10 UTC 2011
We adopted our daughter from Ukraine. The most difficult part of that for us was that our adoption facilitator (who is Ukrainian) didn't know what to do with us, so he kept us locked in our apartment, except when we were visiting the orphanage. We were there for five weeks, and that is, actually, one time I did leave my dog at home. Actually the school boarded him for me and kept up his training, which was a good thing. Anyway, I completely understand what you mean about the language. We learned just enough Russian to fake our way through. But people were really very nice to us, and we didn't encounter nearly the problems we were led to believe we'd have, the couple times we got out of the locked apartment.
Buddy Brannan, KB5ELV - Erie, PA
Phone: (814) 860-3194 or 888-75-BUDDY
On Aug 31, 2011, at 7:02 PM, Tatyana wrote:
> Hi Maria and all,
> To your question,
> I'm originally from Russia and live in Maryland USA. I followed my husband
> who's Russian too. I didn't speak English and it took time and efforts to
> learn the language and get used to new life. It wasn't easy, especially
> if you are blind and your communication skills double complicated because
> of language barrier and blindness. I had to work on my mobility skills-
> they are not perfect though. I was thinking about a dog perhaps it would
> give me more freedom and perhaps it would expand my friends circle as you
> were networking and actually went on streets, get places that you think
> you'd never get yourself. Having a dog as I feel a life decision like
> getting a new family member. My sighted friends who have pets try to
> convince me that it's fun and not too hard to have a dog. I think before
> taking responsibility for a dog that was trained and many great people were
> involved in its life , from volunteers who raze the poppies to trainers, I
> need to be sure that I kno what I'm doing getting a dog. For canes and dogs,
> I'm not sure how it's taught in Russian, I need to ask my friends there.
> Hope to see you on the list
> ---- Original Message ----- From: "Mária Orovcíková" <maria.orovcikova at gmail.com>
> To: "NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users"
> <nagdu at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:20 AM
> Subject: [nagdu] Introduction Re: Canes With Dogs
>> Hi to all,
>> I am not sure if you remember me, but some of you might do as I have
>> posted a message asking for help with a guide dog command which I needed
>> for my thesys at that time. But it was quite a while ago (sometime last
>> year or a bit more).
>> I am very sorry I haven't posted since, but I have been busy with school
>> things . I've been still reading the list and I find it very useful.
>> Before I write something about myself for those who don't know me yet, I
>> would like to thank all of you for great help I got from you last year.
>> So my name is Maria. I live in Slovakia (Central Europe). I have graduated
>> from university last month. My major was English and special education for
>> blind and visually impaired. I got a master degree.
>> I have a guide dog, her name is demi and she is a black labrador. We have
>> been together for seven years. She does not help me only in guiding and
>> but as I have a mild cerebral palsy and have balance problem sometimes,
>> she is great helper in this case as well.
>> I have something to comment on Tatiana's post.
>> So Tatiana, if you do not mind me asking, where are you from?
>> This question just came on my mind as I have read your question about
>> using a cane with a guide dog at the same time.
>> Here in my country, guide dog handlers are trained to use a guide dog and
>> a cane together. It is not a regular cane, but just a short folding
>> signalling cane like Larry has mentioned.
>> As far as I know, they train dogs that way in some other countries like
>> Czech Republic for example.
>> If you have more questions regarding training guide dogs or anything, feel
>> free to ask.
>> With regards
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Larry D. Keeler" <lkeeler at comcast.net>
>> To: "doggie" <nagdu at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 4:48 AM
>> Subject: [nagdu] Canes With Dogs
>>> The only thing I've seen is people with the short walking cane with dogs.
>>> Tatyana, I see no need to use both at the same time although I keep a
>>> cane in my backpack. In case I want to run to the bathroom when Holly is
>>> on a tiedown at the bowling ally or some such thing.
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