Archive for April, 2009

And his name is…

April 30, 2009

Today I became best friends with a yellow lab whose name is Nash. We were introduced early this afternoon. He was good and strong about not crying after the trainers left, but boy did he work me out in m little room here at Guiding Eyes. There are two doors in the room, one which leads out into the hall and the facility, and a second door that leads out to where we take the dog to the bathroom. Well, for our first hout together, Nash kept running between both doors with me holding on to his leash. Lets just say, it was the best workout I have had in a long time. I am so exhausted that this intro will be brief. He is a really cute dog, and seems to be very social. After running me around for an hour, I was thinking are you kidding me, I don’t know about this guy, but then we had our first moment, where I think we bonded. Nash finally sat down, he laid on the floor and turned on to his back with his paws up in the air, and I was rubbing his belly. It was very cute. He does not seem to listen to my commands very well yet, and I think he could be testing me to see what he can get away with. I think right now he is probably the boss in the relationship/partnership, but I guess that is why I am here for a month. Besides this being my first guide dog, this is the first dog of any kind that I have ever owned, so I am a little lenient with the pulling on the leash for obedienace. Hopefully he will sleep through our first night together, because I don’t think I can give him an ambien. That is probably frowned upon. He was well behaved at dinner, so I think Nash is probably a really great dog, I will just have to learn to show him who is boss.

Obedieance Training

April 29, 2009

First official day of guide dog training. Wow, am I beat. You would be amazed how much down time you have, and you can still be wiped out. I guess it is a combination of not being used to waking up at 6am, and the training. At least the damn Yankees are finally winning a game. It would be nice if they could score in more than one inning.  We started the day with obediance training, and learning how to discpline the dog. We do not train on dogs, ratherthe harness and leash are attached to our instructors arm. You have two kinds of obediance, a right arm, and the more severe left arm pull only for use when or if the dog walks you into something. I wasn’t that great at the left arm one, as I guess I do not want to yank on the dog’s neck to hard. We then went off to the Metropolis of White Plains. Guiding Eyes has a training facility there, and that is where we will do most of our training. I guess the good people of White Plains are a lot nicer than NYC. Both trainers walked us around to see what pace we waalk at, this will determine what dog they think is best for us. The trainers led us around with the harness on their arm, and taught us basic verbal and hand commands to tell the dog to go straight, right, and left. Of course, some jackass yelled to us, You forgot the dog! I guess he was from NYC. Well, tomorrow afternoon is the big day, as we will be introduced to our dogs. Should be interesting and exciting. And, at least we do not have to pick up its poop for the first few days. That is one lesson, I am not looking forward to.

Day One Complete

April 28, 2009

Not sure if I am at Guide Dog Traaing School or an S&M convention, as we received a Leash and choke collar. Weird having a leash, but no dog yet. Tomorrow is a real important day, as they will determine what dog is appropriate for us according to walking speed, and lifestyle. I wonder if I can get a dog that likes to sleep in, loves the Yankees and Gators, and can run to Ray’s Pizza to pick me up some pie. Tomorrow starts the early mornings, six am wake up call, hope I can wake up.

Packing for Guide Dog School

April 27, 2009

Saigon, 1969, the man they were sending me to assassinate, Colonel Kurtz, was a freaking hero. Oh sorry, that was Martin Sheen’s blog in Apocalypse Now, was watching it last night while I was finishing packing.

Got picked up this morning and headed up the West Side Highway off to Guide Dog School. You know for all the bodies the Mob has dumped in the Hudson, I have never seen one. Maybe that is the blindness.

Had a nice ride with Mark.

Got to the school, and got the tour. I will have to remember to keep walking on the right, which makes sense because we got 14 visually impaired/blind peeps here.Although every time they say keep to the right, it reminds me of that sene in Midnight Express when he keeps walking in circles. Hopefully this will be a much more pleasant experience than being in a Turkish prison.