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Post 1 of 20Harmony
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Monday, 05-Jul-2010 11:32:09

I've started applying for a guide dog and had my visit from the person who originally comes round to do the low vision assessment and the walk round town with a cane and stuff. She said she was happy to put me forward for a guide dog assessment last time I saw her half way through May and that someone would be in touch soon. How long did people have to wait before an instructor or whoever it is got in touch? Does it vary for different areas?
Just wondering because I haven't heard from anyone yet.
Thanks.

Post 2 of 20Nicky
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Monday, 05-Jul-2010 13:39:35

I think that when I start my hole thing of getting aguide dog I am goign to blog about every detail of it. I tryed ot find verry descripted infoe about a event to event of what is is like from aplying to going and getting and then a short whiel of having it. Only foudn one journal but there wasn't all that much. Maybe I will blog when I decide to go threw all ofthe stuff.

Post 3 of 20bozmagic
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Monday, 05-Jul-2010 16:36:55

It wasn't even 3 days from when I sent them the first of probably many, many Emails before the manager of my local West Sussex and Surrey team rang me up and we fixed a date for the first home visit nearly 3 months later, due to the appalling snowy weather conditions back in January this year, lol.

Jen.

Post 4 of 20Harmony
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Tuesday, 06-Jul-2010 4:14:06

I'm just debating whether to ring the person who put me forward or whether to just wait a bit longer, seeing as I haven't got an e-mail address for them.

Post 5 of 20Harmony
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Friday, 09-Jul-2010 10:16:03

Nice. I found the e-mail address for the Worcester guide dogs team, so e-mailed them this morning. I got an e-mail back to say that they'd been trying to phone me to confirm a date for the person to come round but hadn't been able to get hold of me, so at least my details are up to date now. yay.
Anyway, someone is coming round on Tuesday at 11:00, so that's cool.

Post 6 of 20Twighlight Fan
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Friday, 09-Jul-2010 14:37:41

*sad* I didn't get approved when I tried.

Post 7 of 20bozmagic
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Saturday, 10-Jul-2010 13:15:44

Keep trying. You'll get there. 3rd time lucky and I was approved back in October last year, 'bout 7 years after the 1st attempt.

Jen.

Post 8 of 20Harmony
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Thursday, 29-Jul-2010 10:34:04

I had my assessment a couple of weeks ago and was put on the waiting list pretty much straight away. Now I just need to find out where the vet's surgery is, which I've got a rough idea of.

Post 9 of 20CrazyMusician
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Wednesday, 04-Aug-2010 13:36:55

Nice! I am applying, too!
The school I applied to has a ong waiting list, as they do individual instead of group training with the clients and dogs. Looks like I am a good fit for them, though!

CM

Post 10 of 20BryanP22
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Sunday, 08-Aug-2010 7:37:19

All this talk of guide dog applications has reawakened my desire to reapply, though not at GDB. After some of the things they said I don't know if I'd go with them. It's not as though I could control the fact that we had such strong winds on the day of my home interview, and I known very few people who wouldn't stumble in that kind of weather at least a few times. About the only things they told me that did make sense were A. that perhaps i needed to learn my neighborhood better and B. that perhaps I could improve the strength in my arms, both of which I've been working on. I think I'll apply at Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Guide Dog Foundation. Incidentally on the GEB application it asks for your medical insurance policy number and the company you go through. Would the policy number be found on the medical card you'd carry with you in your wallet? I want to have as much of this information as possible close to hand before I even start work on the application. Since I want to do it online you can't safe it midway through and so I wan to have all my references ironed out and the insurance info handy before I even get started.

Post 11 of 20flcomputergeek
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Monday, 09-Aug-2010 10:42:33

My medical records number is on my insurance card. If you don't have a way of scanning it or anybody to read it to you, maybe you could call your insurance company and ask for the number. A representative at my insurance company provided me with my medical records number over the phone.

Post 12 of 20BryanP22
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Monday, 09-Aug-2010 13:36:56

Oh I've got someone to read it for me. I just needed some idea where I might find it.

Post 13 of 20CrazyMusician
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Monday, 09-Aug-2010 13:55:57

Brian, what did GDB tell you on your interview? I am just curious

Post 14 of 20BryanP22
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Monday, 09-Aug-2010 21:33:53

They told me that I needed to become more familiar with the neighborhood and perhaps build up the strength in my arms. That's about all they said that made sense. Then they basically told me that I lived in too dangerous of an area for a guide dog due to large stretches with no sidewalks and that it's basically a no no to stumble even just a little bit in 40-mile-an-hour winds. Of course to be perfectly honest I only really applied to GDB for the sake of having as many options as possible since I've never particularly liked either Oregon or California. I know perfectly well why I hate Oregon with a passion (the almost constant rain), but I could never quite put my finger on why I don't like California, and yes, I've lived there twice in my life.

Post 15 of 20BryanP22
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Saturday, 21-Aug-2010 11:20:12

But anyway the three schools I've chosen are GUiding Eyes, Gide Dog Foundation and Leaderdogs for the blind. I'd also considered Pilot Dogs but I heard somewhere that both they and Leaderdogs have had animal rights activists on their case, due apparently to kennel conditions. Quite frankly thoughI only heard that from one person and have never heard anything to that effect on the news about Leaderdogs. In fact I used to know a lady personally who attended and then became a field rep for Leaderdogs. About the only problem is now I have to think up some references. I've got a few but Leaderdogs asks for six. That's gona be the tricky part, not to mention coming up with three personal references who aren't family to put on the GEB application. In fact I think that's the hardest part for me.

Post 16 of 20Harmony
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Friday, 27-Aug-2010 15:39:53

Just a bit of an update, I got a call from guide dogs today to say that they had a possible match for me. We agreed for the trainer to bring the dog round so we could all meet u and discuss different things next Friday at 10 a m. The dog is a female golden labradore/retriever cross who is about a year and a half old. Her name is Alfa, although I'm not entirely sure how that's speled yet. Apparently she's fairly fast at walking, so that's cool. The only thing she does do a bit of is grumbling at say dogs on tv or if she's in her travel cage in the car she'll grumble at the people going past, but that's only because she wants to say hi and doesn't understand how she can see them but can't get to them. fStill, I'll see how we get on on Friday. If everything goes erll, I'll probably be starting training with her on 27th September for 2 weeks.

Post 17 of 20BryanP22
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Friday, 27-Aug-2010 16:03:20

Good luck with that. If I couldn't get a purebred Lab or Golden Retriever I'd want a cross. Then you get the best of both worlds.

Post 18 of 20Lisa's Girl forever
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Sunday, 01-May-2011 12:29:04

brian. i'm a grad from pioltdogs. they are a great. sschool!

Post 19 of 20BryanP22
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Monday, 02-May-2011 12:08:30

Well I plan on keeping them in mind but I have heard enough stories about guide dogs who were graduated that shouldn't have been to make me a little leery.

Post 20 of 20SensuallyNaturallyLiving4Today
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Thursday, 02-Jun-2011 0:18:41

I had an interview with someone from GDB in 99 degree weather, which is not typical for upstate NY. I was wearing medium weight clothing as I was going to school after the interview and I was wearing a heavy backpack. I live at the bottom of a quite steep hill and so I was a bit out of breath when we got to the top of it. I was not panting, not weezing, still able to talk, just breathing a bit faster, that's all. It's about 2 to 2.5 ordinary blocks long as my block is of ordinary length on the east and west and of that unusually long length on the north and south sides. This guy had the nerve to tell me to get in better shape and we'd talk. I said "Excuse me? Just because you're from California and think nothing of weather this hot, for people who live in this area, this is unusually hot, I have a 20 plus pound back pack on and you have got to be kidding me. I walk miles a day, walk at a good pace and you, sir are insulting and out of line." He literally said "Overweight." and "Couldn't work a guide dog." All of this when I'd already had a dog before, and worked it quite compitantly, thank you very much. Their parental attitudes towards students and their demeaning and condescending practices during some graduation ceremonies where they give the dogs back to the puppy raisers to "present" to the new handlers is highly offensive and bad for the wellbeeing of the team and the emotional health of the dog. My complaint with Pilot isn't spacific to any dogs I've seen turned out as every program has substandard dogs or substandard teams come out from time to time, but my issue is with the fact that they do not do adiquate trafic training. They are the only school in the US that does not actively teach trafic checks with orchestrated trafic checks and that does not use even naturally ocurring trafic checks with it's students. In today's world of busy streets, big cities, massive public transit and electric highbred cars, neglecting to do the most comprehensive trafic training possible is down right neglegent and dangerous. I would love to see them fix this in the future as I love the fact that they train both GSDs and Dobermins, all be it in very small numbers. As to your routes being too dangerous. You've got to be freaken kidding me. That's what the dog is for, country travel, streets without side walks, are one of the things most indicating that one needs a dog in terms of working environment. I'd highly suggest applying to Seeing Eye. They are very respectful. If, just saying, if, they had to turn someone down, they'd have the curtacy to tell you why, and to welcome your reapplication once the situation has been fixed. I.E. "We really need to see that you have a greater degree of familiarity with your area before we can consider you for a dog, but as soon as you've worked on this with an O and M instructor, we'd be glad to reassess your application and would love to help you to work towards recieving a dog." and so on. Just some food for thought.

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