First, let me fill you in on the guide dog situation.
There, that was easy. I don't have one. Nor do I know when I will be getting one. I am, however, a high priority case, having recently lost my last dog to cancer back in October when he was just three years old.
Being without a guide dog is both a traumatic and liberating experience.
3 things I miss about having a guide dog
- They are so much more sociable than white sticks - they attract people rather than making their ankles bleed (generally speaking).
- They are fantastically good at what they are trained to do. My last dog, Ellis, once saved me from walking straight in front of a bus - honest - I still have the stains to prove it.
- They are great family pets.
3 things I don't miss about having a guide dog
- Picking up doggy doo-doos.
- I have the use of my left arm back. Although, admittedly, my right arm is now generally taken up with holding a white stick.
- I do feel a little more independent. This is a bit weird, because a guide dog is supposed to increase your independence...which it does, but you are still dependent on a dog.
Anyway, the advantages definitely outweigh the drawbacks, so each time the phone rings I'm eagerly hoping that it is news of my new dog. Keep your fingers crossed for me.