Today I had my second interview for my application for a replacement guide dog.
This interview was very dog orientated. What I require from the dog, the facilities I have for a dog, the type of environments I would be working the dog in etc. It also included the dreaded short handle walk which all guide dog owners and prospective guide dog owners cringe about. That is, the Guide Dog Mobility Instructor gives you a harness handle to hold and guides the harness to simulate how the dog would guide you. This is very embarrassing but it gives the instructor a lot of feedback on how fast you walk, how well you follow the handle and how much or little physical correction you are able to give. So unfortunately it’s a necessary evil!
I will be on the waiting list for a replacement as of the beginning of July.