|Barked: Fri Apr 12, '13 3:39pm PST |
|What a busy week it’s been,
So I ran into an older couple today, they were ‘raisers’ for a local guide school. Next to their cart was the calmest, quietest, and slowest SD adult yellow Labrador wearing a “Ambassador dog: Guide school dog” blue cape I’ve ever seen and in the cart, a small yellow Labrador puppy also wearing a small similar cape. We have a few people in my area that are ‘raisers’ for this same school so I’m used to seeing these puppies in various sizes. I left them be, figuring the pup was being socialized and following good etiquette.
So later, I ran into them again at the checkout when another customer began asking every imaginable question. I inevitably got pulled in by this customer and mentioned I was working an mobility OT SDiT but he wasn’t with me on that particular trip due to me going to a friend’s afterwards. They said the pup was 9 weeks, about my guess, and that the older SD was in fact a retired guide dog that was living out his retirement with them.
So here is my curious question… are retired guide SDs, or any retire SDs allowed to just go into everywhere with their people if these people are not disabled, vision impaired, and are not ‘in training’ by technicality? (I’m not thinking this is ok but I didn’t say anything to them)
ETA: I looked up the guide school, Ambassador dogs by their definition, are dogs that make public appearances to educate the public on their guide dogs and their school. That really makes it seem by this definition that this dog should not be in a grocery store, no matter how elder and mannerly, if no longer a true working SD or OT/program/'raiser' SDiT. He might paint a good picture for the dogs and the school, but he is really just tagging along with these people who should have all their focus on the new puppy's training.
Edited by author Fri Apr 12, '13 4:06pm PST
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