[Missouri-l] Accessible World You and your Guide Dog presents "The Retirement of your Guide Dog." Oct. 13, 2010
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There comes a time in the life of every dog guide team when it becomes clear
that this special partnership will soon end. The universal question for dog
guide handlers is, "how, and when to retire a dog guide." The bond created
between a dog guide and handler is one that can never be replicated no
matter how much we wish it could be otherwise. The relationship between the
two which began as a tentative bond and gradually grew into acceptance based
on great love is forged over many years. A smooth-working relationship is
based on experience resulting in memories for a lifetime. The years go
by--you begin to notice sudden subtle changes in this partner you love. The
end of any relationship is hard to face. That end is harder still when
decisions must be made by you, the guide dog handler. As the changes you
noticed become more apparent and persistent, the fact that this precious
relationship will come to an end can no longer be denied. How do you
separate the working relationship from the emotional relationship? At a time
when you feel least able to make such a decision, you know you must do just
that. Caught up in the grief and impending loss of your partner, it is hard
to evaluate and make an objective decision based on the facts before you.
When it comes to difficult questions, there are only difficult answers--they
come after much personal struggle and tears. How you answer these perplexing
questions has much to do with the reason for the retirement of the dog and
your personal circumstances. What should you consider before making the
choice to retire your guide dog? It is hard to make a decision when emotion
may rule. How can you get to the practical considerations? What are they?
What options are available when retiring your dog? Michele Drolet, a
counseling specialist for the Seeing Eye since 1988, has had dog guides
since 1974. Retiring a dog may be one of the hardest decisions you will ever
face, but Michele has much to share and tips that may make a heart-wrenching
decision a little easier to bear.
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time: 5:00 PM PDT, 6:00 PM MDT, 7:00 PM CDT, 8:00 PM EDT
and elsewhere in the world Thursday 00:00 GMT.
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