I got asked two interesting questions about Trixie today that I thought deserved a post.
First, I was in the bank waiting in line. From behind me I could hear a kid and his dad ooing and aaaing about Trixie. I eventually turned around and struck up a conversation. The kid said, “Is your dog a girl or a boy?”
“She’s a girl.” I said.
Right away, he shot back with “What do you do if she goes into heat then?”
Now, there’s an honest question! I told him that she’s spayed, so there’s no heat now. But that’s how you know you’re dealing with kids. They’re not embarrassed about a thing.
The other question I got just about floored me. Someone asked me how much longer I would have with Trixie. I looked at him and my face fell at the thought that he thought we were nearing the end together. I said I hoped to have her for another 7 or 8 years if all goes well. Then he said “Don’t you have to trade them in every two years?”
If that was the case, I’d never get a guide dog. The first year is work enough. I couldn’t imagine only having her for another year. Every day I hope that she will be with me for a long long time. I have heard so many horror stories of dogs having to retire early, and I’ve had such good luck with her that I don’t want it to balance out by her needing to retire way before she should have to.
That’s about it for now. I just thought those were neat questions, and I thought maybe other people would be asking the same ones.