[nagdu] taxi transport
rainshadowmusic at shaw.ca
Tue Jul 2 21:21:56 UTC 2013
My school didn't teach getting into taxis or cars which annoyed me. (a total aside but they never tought public washrooms which would have been useful too)
Usually what I do is once the cab pulls up I take off Bogarts harness, I get in the passenger side. While holding the door open I scoot over to the middle and call bogart in. He comes in and lies on the floor. I check his tail and then close the door. Once he is in I slide over to sit behind the driver. I too have to make sure bogarts long nose doest head to the driver. I would never let bogart on the seat of a taxi. I'm like others that believe seats are for people and the floor is for the dog. I usually get the driver to move the passenger seat up. If I'm with somone else then either the other person sits in the front or I sit on the rear passenger side with the seat forward and put in one foot, call bogart in and then the other foot while he and I try to sort out floor space in a polite cooperative manner. :)
If I let Bogart enter a vehicle before me he assumes it is off work and jumps up onto the seat. If I go first then he never jumps on the seat. I sadly learned this when visiting my girlfriends parents at christmas. We had just walked through slush and snow to get to the car. I opened the door and asked bogart to get in and he promptly, to my horror, jumped up on the nice clean seats!!
So there probably isn't a totally right or wrong way but I'd have to say that, in my opinion, a guide dog should never be on the seat of a cab for a wide range of obvious reasons.
----- Original Message -----
From: Cindy Ray <cindyray at gmail.com>
To: NAGDU Mailing List, the National Association of Guide Dog Users <nagdu at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:05:10 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Re: [nagdu] taxi transport
I get into the cab, leaving my feet outside, then I call the dog in. He stays on the floor. If they need to, I get the driver to move up the passenger seat. Some drivers won't allow any passengers to sit in the front. I govern the dog's face because he wants to stick it up toward the console to see whasup. Sometimes, he tries to check out if there is a sandwich up there or sniff the driver. I make him turn back and lay his head down on the floor or put his chin on the seat. I always get in on the passenger's side of the cab. I don't know why this is.
On Jun 28, 2013, at 12:34 PM, "Daniel" <daniel.sweeney1 at comcast.net> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Just a quick question, I have never used a taxi, but would like to with this
> hot weather (on occasion).
> I am not sure how to put my girl in. Should I get in, put my feet over
> behind the driver and then have the girl hop up to the floor behind the
> passenger seat?
> Since I have never been in a taxi, I am not sure how much foot room there is
> in the back seat. When I ride with friends, she rides on the floorboard in
> front of me in the front passenger seat.
> We did not cover this when I was at school, I guess because I didn't think
> it was important at the time, my bad.
> Any suggestions?
> Daniel and Cass
> Lakewood, Colorado
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