sherriola at gmail.com
Thu Oct 29 14:14:59 UTC 2015
I know it's always a tough decision to retire a guide dog. You'll definitely
be in my thoughts and prayers. Congratulations on being able to keep him. It
adds a whole new dimension to life but it sure is well worth it. I was so
happy when I was in a living situation that allowed me to keep my retired
dog, though it took a long long time to reach that place. Good luck.
From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Cindy Ray via
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 7:30 AM
To: 'NAGDU Mailing List, the National Association of Guide Dog Users'
Cc: Cindy Ray
Subject: [nagdu] Retirement
Yesterday I retired Fisher. He was distracted by a dog at the Iowa Dept. for
the Blind Monday; I had him under control, but his growl/bark are vicious.
He seems more and more to question what I am asking him to do, and does
silly things like start walking up the dirt when the steps are just off to
the right. Someone has been implying lately that I'm not a good dog handler
and judging what he does. I am just tired of it all and know he isn't
getting enough work. I don't know if that's what's up or if he is actually
ready to retire, but Spencer I ran a year longer than I should have and he
quit in the airport in Minneapolis. Fisher is happy and healthy; I am not
ready to continue this journey with him. I'm sure not asking for
suggestions, just saying that I've retired him. I had called TSE in August
and they called back but I wasn't home; I called again and they never
returned my call, but there really isn't any more to say about it. It's been
great other than the ongoing dog issue with him and I'm glad to have worked
with him. I'm going to keep him. This will be the first time I've done that.
It's a little strange, but it's all good.
Cindy Lou Ray
cindyray at gmail.com <mailto:cindyray at gmail.com>
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