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.
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:
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.
This the story about how a Canadian lady managed to get an American-trained guide dog without crossing the border.
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.
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.
When technology doesn’t work for you the way you expected to, old-time radio will, especially when it relates to guide dogs. Here, from March 11, 1951 is an episode of Tales of The Texas Rangers from March 11, 1951 called Blind Justice.
We begin this half-hour by listening to a poem called My First Christmas at Rainbow Bridge. Next, we listen to a short story by yours truly called Ophthalmo at The North Pole. Finally, we listen to ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Guide Dog Edition.
Gallant Hearts Training Centre is one of the newer guide dog schools. I chat with co-founder Becky Floyd about about her lifelong interest in guide dogs, and the interesting breeds that Gallant Heart specializes in.
Canoeing and snowshoeing, fishing and ice fishing … Lawrence Gunther, Canada’s only blind conservationist, has done it and continues to do it with his guide dog. He tells us about some of his adventures, and points us to podcasts videos, and blogs about how he and his guide dog continue to explore Canada.