Trixie, How’d You Like One Of These?

Here’s a post I’ve been meaning to do for a few days. When I was doing my whole post about the change to CNIB, which according to some AEBC emails, involved some shady happenings, a lot of secrecy, and a vote that stunk of undemocraticness, whose result still hasn’t seen the online light of day, but I digress…WhenI was doing that post, I stumbled across the Wise Advice blog. The main writer, from what I can tell, is a blind lady from Halifax who has a guide woof. She was one of the lucky ones who got a good dog from CGDB.

Anyway, she writes lots of funny stuff, stuff about her advocacy, stuff about her dog, lots of stuff. But one post very much captured my interest. She has successfully fought for an off-leash fenced area for service dogs in a park, the first of its kind in Canada! She wanted it to be for all dogs, but the liability folks felt it was too much risk to have pet dogs loose in there with service dogs. But she’s got it approved, and it’s on the way!

I would so love this in Guelph. I don’t have a fenced yard, so the most Trixie gets is running around on the flexi. there’s no way in hell I would let her free in our grass. If she walked far enough, she’d end up at Speedvale, a fucking busy road. No, no, nononono! I know she’s a guide dog, but when she’s free to roam, she’s not thinking about traffic, and she’s black,so it’s unlikely she’d be seen. No no no no! I wouldn’t even think about letting her loose in a park with no barriers. The same risk of running out where there’s cars applies.

My big question is, um, how would I be able to pick up poopy presents? I can try to relieve her beforehand, but I’ve learned that even if I do that, she may release a few surprises while playing. If I could figure that part out, and bug the hell out of her to ask how she did it, I may think about asking if that’s possible here. I know Guelph is a completely different city than Halifax, but damn I think it’s a good idea.

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