Thanks to everyone who commented on my
I got some great encouragement to continue doing what I’m interested in. A couple of people said they are aware of dog trainers who are blind, but I haven’t got a contact for one yet. I’m researching training options locally and hopefully I can go meet some dogs and trainers in the future, but any more feedback from people online would still be great.
The blog carnival post is up on
if you want to take a look at all the posts together. My favourite new blog discovery from that was
plays with puppies
who already follow me. My follower’s blogs don’t come up as proper links, so if they don’t introduce themselves I’m less likely to be able to find their blogs as easily, and might miss some good stuff, which happened with plays with puppies. It is an excellent resource for dog training, telling the experiences of training possible future guide dogs for leader dogs for the blind.
My friend invited O.J and I to talk to first-year pupils in her school on Monday. It was originally just to her form class, but ended up being to 120 pupils in the assembly hall. I was nervous at the beginning, but secondary school students were a lot nicer than I’d imagined! Being an all girls school, naturally lots of their questions were based around going shopping, how do I pick and match my clothes, how do I put on make-up and so on. My favourite was asked as serious as the rest:
How do you wash yourself?
A few minutes later, another pupil asked if I ever get paranoid. Yes, I told her, I’m paranoid right now!
O.J was a star during the whole thing, and the girls had a quick pet on their way out. We had a look (and a sniff) around their new school, and it is very impressive! I got some lovely cards, candles and chocolates, which I wasn’t expecting but really appreciated. I also got a voucher from my nephew’s teacher after our visit to her class a couple of weeks ago. I never expect any of this when I visit classrooms with O.J. There is no need but it is a lovely thought.
I am running a disability awareness programme with primary schools as part of my work. It will be my main job from now on. It starts next week, and there is great interest already. Schools are one of O.J’s favourite places to visit and he is usually well behaved there, so we’ll be seeing lots more good behaviour between now and Christmas.
Finally, I should probably wish people a happy halloween. I’m not doing anything for it this year, not even going out anywhere, never mind dressing up. I don’t mind though as I’ve just had a very busy week (y cousin got engaged so there were lots of celebrations!)
Luckily my dogs aren’t bothered by fireworks at all, and there aren’t many going off in our area anymore. Some dogs are terrified though, and it can be a particularly tough time for guide dog owners if they can’t work their dogs during halloween. I know someone who actually has to put their dog in kennels for a couple of weeks every October. Its just something to keep in mind during your halloween celebrations.
Happy halloween from me and the black hound 🙂