Junebug in harness, standing in the snow.
Have you ever wondered what it looks like when a guide dog works in the snow?
Here’s a video of me yesterday, guiding my mom safely on the snowy sidewalk to her transportation. The video is filmed from mom’s perspective looking down at me.I’m sporting my hot pink winter jacket and am wearing booties.
Aren’t I doing good at work?
You’ll notice that I come to a stop once we get to the intersecting sidewalks. I then wait for mom to tell me which way to go. Yeah, unfortunately guide dogs are not a GPS.
Where we go depends upon the commands our handlers give us (i.e. Junebug left, Junebug right, Junebug halt). It’s a step by step process and the two have to work together. This is why they call a guide dog and their handler a team.
It’s pretty neat, don’t you think?
I love my job and think my mom and I are a PAWesome team!
Junebug standing in the snow with her toy is next to her.
Remember me mentioning in previous blog posts/videos about the importance of balancing guide dog work with play time? Once we got home from mom’s appointment, she took me outside to play in the snow.
It was fun, well sort of. I was raised by two fantastic puppy raisers in Southern California. I definitely prefer the warm sunshine and playing in the Pacific Ocean than the snow, by far any day.
Tomorrow we are supposed to get sub zero temperatures. Brrrr, that’s too cold. It looks like I’ll be California dreaming.
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Pascal (black Lab to the far left) and Rica (tiny black Lab to the far right). I’m the yellow Lab in the middle.
Throwback to July 2011. I was two years old and it was just four months into my career as a working guide dog for the blind.
My mom and I had attended a blind conference in Florida.
It was there that I guided mom around thousands of blind people and their white canes. What a challenge! Do you think you could do it if you were a dog? Well, I had a bit of training from my raisers and Guide Dogs for the Blind, so that certainly helped.
It was indeed a challenge, but one that I aced with PAWride!
I met many other working guides there as well including the three featured in the photos here: Pascal (black Lab), Rica (tiny black Lab), and Bambi (now a retired Guiding Eyes for the Blind black Lab).
Guide dogs Pascal (black lab), Rica (black Lab), Bambi (black Lab) and me PAWrtying in the hotel room.
It was so much fun because in the evenings after work we had play dates together. We got to be off harness in the hotel room and and act like the young pups we were. We behaved, but sure had a PAWrty!
Such a fond memory.
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