[nagdu] An Indian with a million Questions

Dan Weiner dcwein at dcwein.cnc.net
Tue Jul 29 21:16:40 UTC 2014

How fascinating a new friend on the list from India.
I am Dan Weiner from Florida and I have my fourth guide dog, a yellow lab
named Parker who is most of the time, much better behaved than I am.
I have been blind since age nine and have a hearing problem in one ear
though fortunately the other ear does it's best to keep me out of trouble.

Some of my dogs came from Leader Dogs in Michigan, USA, and I talked with a
trainer from there once about unusual students he had had and he said that
they did train a dog for someone from India in the seventies but that was a
long time ago--lol.
That is to say, the person  came from India or perhaps it was an Indian
person who was studying in the US, I don't remember.

Unfortunately, though I think most of the US schools now have limited how
much they will train people from other countries because once the person
goes home, it is very hard to give after-care for the person-dog team.

So, though I haven't really answered any of your questions, I wanted to
welcome  you to the list and hope that others have  useful things to tell

Feel free to write to me if you like because I am very curious about life in
India and being a language lover, I studied  a bit of Urdu, which, if I am
not mistaken, is close to Hindi.

Dan from Florida and the Parker Dog

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Subject: [nagdu] An Indian with a million Questions

Dear all,
I just joined this mailing list in order to know a bit more about guide
dogs. I am not sure if we are supposed to limit our queries to one question,
but if yes, the moderator will probably take care of it.

So here are my questions:
1. There is just one guide dog school in India called the 'Drushti Guide Dog
School. It was founded in 2005, but there is absolutely no information about
it online apart from that. I was hoping someone has visited or has some
information about it?
2. Anyone been to India with their guide dog? Do describe your experience. I
have read one popularized article, but that's all.
3. One problem I am having, apart from others in my country, is that there
are packs of stray dogs running about. When I was a sighted person, I did
own a dog and these packs of dogs would attack him whenever we went for a
walk. I used to throw or rather pretend to throw pebbles at them before they
ran away before. Keeping this in mind, how do I deal with them? Has anyone
had such an experience?
4. Is it possible to get a dog transported from another country to mine? 
If yes, how much would I need to pay, if anything and how would I go about
training for myself?
5. How difficult is it to train your own guide dog? I know it is not
strictly reccomended, but i'd like to give it a try and want to know if any
of you have tried.

I have a few more questions, but will resist for now.

Thanks, everyone.


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