looking into getting a retired guide dog

Nitro turns 12 this month. So he’s not getting any younger. And while I hope he’ll be with me for a few more years yet, I wanted to look at my options for when he does pass away. I don’t want to not have a dog. But I am not in a position right now to train with a new guide dog. I just don’t have enough work for the dog, to justify it. But I still want to have a dog. I don’t want to be alone at home, I would prefer to be able to have a dog. So I rang the school where I got Nitro from, and I asked about it. I spoke to a lovely lady named Mary, she told me that yes, there is a waiting list for retired dogs, but that there isn’t one for dogs who don’t make it as guides, because nowadays most dogs who don’t make it either go back to their puppy walkers, or become assistance dogs for autistic kids, or they become fundraising dogs.

But there is a list for people who’d like to have a retired dog. She said the person who looks after that list was gone home for the day, but she’d leave a note for them to contact me tomorrow. So I am hoping they’ll call me tomorrow. If I got lucky, and was able to be put on the list, and a dog came up soon, while Nitro was still alive, I’d definitely take it.

But we’ll see. I hope they’ll let me go on the list. I’m guessing I’ll probably know the person who rings me, as I know most of the staff who work at the guide dog school.

Keep your fingers crossed for me, guys!

Author: Carol anne

I am 40 years young. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

12 thoughts on “looking into getting a retired guide dog”

    1. I’ll have a chat with them tomorrow, but I’m not sure I have enough work for an actual guide dog. I don’t go out a lot during the week so I don’t really have enough work for a dog. You need to have enough routes built up for them to do some work each day. ❤️❤️


      1. Yes I know I have a friend with a working guide dog, it takes her to town, to her children’s school to her volunteer job, shopping and on the bus …
        You can find enough routes 💜💜💜

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