[nagdu] Mentoring during convention
Larry D. Keeler
lkeeler at comcast.net
Sun Jul 14 16:48:17 UTC 2013
I always try and mentor ahnd help those who seem to need it anyyway. During
conventions I've always helped that way.
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From: "Dmgina" <dmgina at samobile.net>
To: "NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users"
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Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:37 PM
Subject: Re: [nagdu] Mentoring during convention
> Just do what you feel is best for you and dog.
> Then you will still be a team.
> Every saint has a past,
> Every sinner has a future
> On Jul 14, 2013, at 10:07 AM, Tami Jarvis <tami at poodlemutt.com> wrote:
>> When I was having trouble with Mitzi at that now long-ago convention, I
>> did notice that some people can be offensive as heck without really
>> trying, and usually at just the wrong moment. It's hard to settle your
>> dog when you want to bite someone. /lol/
>> At the same time, others could say *exactly* the same thing in a way that
>> was completely inoffensive and even helpful. I learned a lot from those
>> people that I needed because I was a super new guide dog user. Well, I
>> can still learn from people who know how to give information and tips.
>> /smile/ Unsolicited advice given in the form of direct insult still makes
>> me want to bite someone.
>> I've been wondering if there is any sort of fomalized etiquette for such
>> interactions between guide dog users? Or if one could be developed or
>> something? I've been mulling that over since the topic came up and
>> haven't gotten beyond a vague notion of a list of rules or something...
>> Well, I've read my Emily Post, but you could never tell, so for me to be
>> thinking etiquette is a little silly. But it's a thought that maybe
>> someone can do something with?
>> On 07/14/2013 07:44 AM, Tracy Carcione wrote:
>>> I think having mentors during convention is a good idea, but it would
>>> have to be done thoughtfully. As someone said, speaking of her
>>> convention experience, there are people who think they know everything
>>> there is to know about guide dogs, and are more than willing to share
>>> their opinion with someone they perceive as knowing less, and that can
>>> be obnoxious.
>>> If my dog is acting up, and I'm trying to get him back under control,
>>> and someone starts giving me unsolicited advice, which I probably
>>> already know, well, I'd like to give that person a good, sharp leash
>>> correction, too.
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