Jon Q. Public’s Newest Set Of Questions

As I get ready to write this post, I realize that for each guide dog retirement, I’ve needed to write one of these. Here’s the one for Babs, and here’s the one for Trixie. Now, amazingly, I have one for Tansy…and the things people are asking are all basically new. It’s incredible how each situation …

My Last Great Hunk Of Tansy Observations

There are still a few things I wanted to write down, even though Tansy has moved on to the next chapter of her life. A few? Who am I kidding? There’s a lot here. I hope you have some time. Tansy has taught me that I haven’t spent enough time with old dogs. By the …

Bernie, Bernie, Bernie The Computer Doctor…

I don’t know why this song appears in my head when I have to call these guys, but it does. I’m realizing that we have lived in this town for nearly ten years, and have used the services of Bernie the Computer Doctor, and I have never given them a plug, and that’s a shame. …

The Trials And Tribulations of Tansy

I swear, she danced along with *this* song. No joke! Maybe she’s worried about the service weasel. Anyway, she is overdue for an update. What a time she’s had! It started off when she had a really persistent yeast infection in her ears. That thing would not go away! it took a couple of rounds …

Tansy, the double digit doggy!

Poor Shmans is overdue for an update, so here goes. Believe it or not, Tansy is 10 years old. She turned 10 last month. Also, I just learned this year that she shares her birthday with Clint Eastwood! I find that kind of amusing, because I had a coworker who used to call the Shmans …

This Little Light Of Mine, I’m Gonna Know When It Shines

I just saw this video from someone who just came back from guide dog class at GDB. She’s showing off something new that they sell, called the Audio Beacon Safety Light. Its most important function is to light up at night so that you can be seen. But it has a very cool feature of …

New Regulations When You Fly With Your Service Dog

I just got this email a few days ago from Guide Dogs for the Blind about some new regulations to do with flying with your guide dog, whenever flying is a safe thing to consider doing again. It sounds like they’ve done most of this the right way. It could use a couple of tweaks, …

Another Large Entry in the Shmans Chronicles

It’s time for another Shmans update, complete with new songs she likes sprinkled throughout. I’ve accumulated a surprising amount of stuff even though we haven’t been exactly leading an exciting life. She is definitely enjoying all this chill time. Now that we’re not going out nearly as much as we used to, she is enjoying …

How GDB is adapting to COVID restrictions

Somebody posted a blog post from GDB about what training will look like in COVID times, and I’m kind of fascinated, and hoping it works. GDB’s return to full mission has meant that staff from all departments are working towards getting back into a rhythm and workflow that allows us to continue advancing our mission …