guide dogs

I know it doesn’t sound like much but when you’ve felt like a prisoner in your own home, it means the world
It will soon be Christmas again, and many of us are gearing up for the hectic weeks of shopping, Christmas parties, the anticipation
It will soon be Christmas again, and many of us are gearing up for the hectic weeks of shopping, Christmas parties, the anticipation
I am a cane user, I have been now for just over seven years. I have been VI now for over 11 years and I have to say it really did change my life. You can check out my blog Moses of the High Street if you want to read my humorous take on life with a white cane. This blog however is focussing on the mental aspect of using a cane.
Most people have heard of Guide Dogs, also often miscommunicated as "Blind Dogs". However, few have heard about many of the ways dogs can physically and metaphorically open doors for people with disabilities and medical conditions, leading them to improved independence, better quality of life and enhanced mental and physical wellbeing.
everybody banner I was really looking forward to a nice weekend. Along with my fiancé, my guide running partner and his girlfriend, I'd travelled to London to watch tennis at Wimbledon. We'd even splashed out on a nice hotel as a treat. Oh, and I happened to have my guide dog Hattie with me, because I rely on her to get around.
It means you have no choice but to step onto the road, which I really hate doing because I'm totally blind and I worry not only about keeping myself safe but Oscar too of course. You can hear traffic coming, you don't really know from where, but you're very aware you're walking in the road. It's pretty scary let me tell you.
It took me an awful long time to even consider picking up a white cane even though I knew it would help me. There was always that stigma of finally admitting yeah, you are blind. I didn't want to be that guy. So I continued to not use a cane and continued to bump into things and trip over what was left in the streets.
It's been a little while since you last heard from me, and that's because Elaine and I have been on our first ever holiday with my guide dog, Oscar. We enjoyed a week travelling around bonnie Scotland, and Oscar didn't put a paw wrong!
When I went blind, I really did think that my life was over because it cost me my business, my home and my freedom. It put me in such a bad place, mentally. Now, thanks to Oscar and Guide Dogs, I'm planning for the future again and I'm gradually getting back to the old me.