Spotlight on Assistance Dogs, November, 2021

This month, we hear Part 2 of an address given by Guide Dog Mobility Instructor and Tellington Touch practitioner Jane Madigan from the Ottawa area. She was speaking to attendees of the most recent AGM and conference of Guide Dog Users of Canada. Hertopic was how to get rid of anxiety in your dog.

Spotlight on Assistance Dogs, October, 2021.

In this month’s edition, we hear part 1 of an address that Tellington Touch practitioner and Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Jane Madigan gave to attendees of the virtual conference and Annual General Meeting of Guide Dog Users of Canada. Jane is originally from England. She worked with horses in New Zealand prior to moving to the Ottawa area, and founding Inspired K9’s.

Commemoration and Celebration.

Shortly after the horrific events of September 11 of 2001, Michael Gaither wrote a song which described how a guide dog named Roselle led her handler, Michael Hingson and others who had been blinded by the choking smoke out of the World Trade Center.  We begin by pausing respectfully to hear that song.

Next, we celebrate Guide Dogs for The Blind’s 90-year anniversary by speaking with Ivy Temple from England about how instructing handlers has evolved from residential training to training out of hotels.

Six Signs Your Dog is Overheating; Update on The International Association of Assistance Dog Partners—IAADP.

In keeping with the extremely hot temperatures here in the northern hemisphere, we begin with an article listing six signs that your dog is overheating and what you can do to combat the potentially deadly effects of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Next, I chat with Megan Kennedy, treasurer of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners—IAADP to find out what has been happening with the organization over the past couple of years.

Celebrating International Assistance Dog Week early.

International Assistance Dog Week is the first full week of August, but we’re celebrating early this year by featuring an interview that Marcie Davis, founder of International Assistance Dog Week did with Laura Watamanuk, Executive Director of PADS—Pacific Assistance Dog Society in Burnaby, British Columbia.

The Upcoming Convention of Guide Dog Users Inc.

This month, I speak with Sarah Calhoun, president of Guide Dog Users Inc. about the group’s second virtual convention which will take place in mid July.  And guess what.  You don’t have to be a paid-up member to listen in.

I also announce a new E-mail address for the show:

Guide Dogs for The Blind Collaborate on Video for Airline Staff; Hats Off to International Guide Dogs Federation.

First, we listen to a portion of a press release about a training video put together by Guide Dogs for The Blind and The Seeing Eye for the benefit of employees of both Alaska Airlines and United Airlines.  Next, we listen to the audio described video itself.  Finally, we tip our hat to the International Guide Dog Federation on its 90th anniversary.

Safe Winter Travelling, Part 2

Picking up from where we left off last month, Michael Goehring and I continue our discussion about travelling safely in Winter conditions. Mike, who is a guide dog mobility instructor with Guiding Eyes talks about protecting your dog’s ears from frostbite, and keeping your white cane in your back pack to be used as a probe when everything is covered with snow.

Travelling Safely in Winter with Your Dog.

Michael Goehring, a guide dog mobility instructor with Guiding Eyes for The Blind may live in Arizona now, but he most definitely remembers what it’s like trying to get around in Winter conditions. This is the first part of a chat which focuses mainly on keeping your dog safe and warm.