Paws on the Streets -A Ranting Tip Of The Day from Team Blue

Paws on the Streets -A Ranting Tip Of The Day from Team Blue

Good afternoon. I hope you’re all doing well.
Here, the coffee cup is empty, lunch has been had, and a walk to take out the trash, relieve and exercise Team Blue by walking up and down the walkways leading around the apartment complex has been accomplished, all be it with a bit of annoyance.
As we were finishing with his relief time I decided we’d do the rest of the lap and if things went well we’d walk it twice.
Just as Blue was finishing his business and I was making ready to tie it up in a bag, harness Blue and go on our way, someone began pulling into a space next to the cutout ramp. Provided they remained in the space, and not pulled half way onto the ramp, which is not legal, it would have been fine for them to continue parking.
Knowing this person, like many other residents visitors and even maintenance personnel frequently park on the ramp, I decided to stand where I was rather than moving us forward into their possible path.
Rather than continue parking, and then exit the car, or at the very least cut it off while waiting on someone they sat half in and half out of the space, car still in drive, motor revving, and Blue took that to mean they were still going to move. He did his job and refused me when I said forward. Again and again I tried to go in front of this stupid car yet Blue would not go.
Finally, when I became aware of the sound of the driver’s phone coming through their speakers, and I realized the driver was playing with their phone, I gently but firmly urged Blue passed at a sort of heeling, guiding, uncomfortable walk.
When we were passed, Blue took off at full-tilt. He was glad to be away from that rolling fool and to be quite honest so was I. The experience was nerve racking. To walk passed the car as I did made me have to walk on the edge of the walk next to the slight drop off from the walk to the grass. Which is just enough to make one turn their ankle if not careful. I had to walk along that edge because having the car’s motor revving as if it were going to move forward any moment was causing Blue to feel uncomfortable to the extreme and he was herding me with all his might away from the car.
Your tip of the day? When you see the handler and their service dog, don’t stop to see what the dog is doing. Do not sit half in and half out of a parking space, and for the Goddess’s sake stay off your phone.
Pay attention to your driving.
Don’t drive like you’re the only person on the road.
When you stop in mid-process of traffic flow you mess up what the dog and I are doing. We’re trained to know what to do if you in your cars Etc. know what you’re supposed to do. Which sadly, most of the time you don’t.
Well, that’s the end of my Ranting Tip of the Day.
This is Team Blue saying…

Safe walking.
Safe driving.
And:
Keep your nose to the ground and your tail waving at the sky.
*A Note from Chief Seeing Eye Dog Blue.*
If you’d like to learn more about how to act around us, check out this link.
There are videos, blogs, tips and more.
https://www.seeingeye.org

2 Comments

  1. Tasha Halpert Reply
    May 14, 2024

    Good share, thanks!

    1. Hi, Tasha. Thanks for reading.

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