Hello Everyone and welcome to today’s blog post! Sorry it has been awhile since I have posted anything, but life just got ahead of me.
If you were not aware then I would like to wish all of you a very happy International Guide Dog Day! Yes, today April 24, 2019 is International GD Day! We dedicate this day to all those Guide Dogs who have given people their independence and remember all those Guide Dogs who have completed their time and now lay in the hands of Jesus.
If you are new and reading my blog for the very first time, let me give you a little background so you are not too confused. My name is Zoe and I was born with a congenital eye condition called Bilateral Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. In short, my optic nerves are underdeveloped and therefore do not transfer signals between the eyes and the brain to let in enough light. I also recently applied to the Guide Dog Foundation in New York and was accepted 2 months ago. I am currently awaiting my perfect and so I thought what better way to honor my future pup by posting about this special day.
So many people do not understand the job of a Guide Dog and how they are considered service dogs for the blind. Basically, as many of you might infer, a Guide Dog is a dog that helps lead its visually impaired handler through obstacles, help find doors or entrances or even retrieve dropped and unseen items.
Many people do not realize it, but unlike other service dogs, Guide Dogs have to be spatially aware of their surroundings and therefore require the most amount of training. They legitimately are responsible for their handlers life.
This post is to honor all those Guide Dogs, deceased or currently working and congratulate them on their work. They have given so many who struggle their independence back including myself come July. They are the reason that many people get out of bed and make a life for themselves. Because, when you have a Guide Dog, it is not just about you anymore, but about you and your companion. From what I have heard, Guide Dogs are not just your eyes, but are your heart. What I mean by that is that yes, they help you be more independent, but they also are your built in best friend. Guide Dogs not only give independence but give confidence to their handler.
I hope you guys are as excited for a documentation of this journey as I am. I absolutely can not wait to be able to share this upcoming experience with all of you and tell you the ups and downs of having a Guide Dog. And although sometimes Guide Dogs and service dogs in general are a lot of work, the work you put in for them is given back to you by their life-saving guidance.
Thank you guys so much for reading todays post. I will be trying my very hardest to be getting back on track with boh my YouTube and my Blog. Remember to laugh everyday!
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