TWO Guide Dogs in Class


Can you imagine how excited this is for me? Not only is there another great guide dog in class but her handler is one of my best friends. We, however, didn’t know that we were in both of our summer classes with each other. Let me describe for you how we figured this out.

It’s a Monday evening and I’m not quite in school gear yet. My boyfriend drops me off at class after hurrying up from Dallas to drop everything off at my apartment, feed Makiko, feed ourselves, and get to a brand new building and a brand new classroom by ourselves. So I walk into the classroom and don’t immediately see anybody. Then I hear “JL” cough or laugh or something and I say, in a kind of excited voice her name and make my way to her. How sweet of her, she saved a seat for me. 🙂 Although actually I don’t know if that was her intention but there WAS a seat open next to her so of course I take it. Then it takes me a minute to realize who else is already there and I say hi to them as I learn who is there.

I’m sitting down talking to Jordan, the door keeps opening and closing about 5 feet diagonal and to the back of me. All of a sudden someone bumps into me and I look over and see a nice furry yellow lab. Oh my goodness, that’s her guide dog.. then I look up and thats one of my best friends. I immediately scream her name, I mean, I haven’t seen her in like a month, hadn’t talked to her that much since and she was there… in my class.. AS was her guide dog. I immediately asked a sweet gal in the class to scootch her chair over a little bit and she gladly did so so that Misty could sit between me and “JL.” JL is becoming closer to my good friend and the three of us make quite the trio so it was a blast. Okay so we have two guide dogs sitting right beside eachother. And guess what? They never bothered each other! My friend thinks her guide dog just took her straight to use because we were very familiar to the dog, but after that they knew they weren’t supposed to play with each other. It worked great!

Then again on our Wednesday night class we were in class together. I’ve written about that dog experience in the post titled “Chairs.”

So this is definitely a step in the right direction in working with our little hiccup we had a little while ago with dog distractions.

 

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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