A true “blind” walk


So I’m blind. If you haven’t figured that out then we have a lot to go over, haha. However I do use my vision a little bit when navigating the world. I still depend on Makiko and trust her fully with whatever she decides to do. This is one of the hardest parts about being partially sighted is letting the dog take the route that they want to take and trusting that they see something or know something that you don’t for taking that route. Okay, so with that being said when I was in training my instructor advised me when we go on walks for me to just close my eyes every once and awhile. Makiko shouldn’t feel any difference in guiding me when my eyes are open and when they are shut. I hadn’t done this for a little while so I decided to do a walk we have done a few times before out of my parent’s house to the park. There are sidewalk-less areas, lots of curbs and elevation changes, stop signs and other weird things in the middle of sidewalks, etc. After relieving her, we went out my front door and from my front door to the park my eyes were closed. No problems whatsoever, she did perfect. This was really encouraging. 🙂

Just had to share. 🙂

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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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