Ah crap! I forgot one big thing in my last post. But I think it needs mentioning.
I was sitting waiting for someone yesterday. I didn’t expect it to be that cold, so I didn’t put Trixie’s coat on her. I felt so bad, because the sensitive little Californian pooch was shivering and shaking. I made sure she didn’t lie down, because I thought if there was a definite way to get cold, laying belly-first on the cold ground would be it. So I got her to sit between my knees so I could at least try to keep her warm.
Just then, a woman bustled over to me and plopped down beside me. “Oh the poor dog! The poor poor dog! She’s so cold!” she chirped. I told her I wasn’t expecting to be out this long, and was going right back inside, so I didn’t throw her coat on her. “Oh!” she said. Plus, I said that she came from California, and so she’s not used to the cold yet.
After hearing these words, the woman got all upset. “That’s horrible! When they’re raising puppies right here, why would they send you to California? Oh, it’s not right, oh oh it’s not right!”
I told her that “they” didn’t send me anywhere, I chose to go to California because the school had the best reputation. I had asked others who live in Canada how their pooches handled the change in climate, and they said they adapted well, so I went. Then she didn’t know what to do. I was surprised that she didn’t get appalled at me for doing this to the poor thing. Hell, if she was that upset at some unknown hidden force that she thought had packed me off to California, why wouldn’t she be just as mad when she found out I was the guilty one? Oh yeah, she wouldn’t want to actually stand up for what she believed in when truly faced with it.
I’m still amazed that so many people think that there’s some benevolent force handing out guide dogs and we don’t have to do any work to get one. Let me say, for at least the second time on this blog, that getting a guide dog is a lifestyle choice, and the people who get them choose that path, and choose what school they go to. It is not a right of passage for blinks. In fact, the ones with dogs are a pretty small percentage. A very obvious small percentage, but small, nonetheless.