What, exactly, does it mean to share one’s life with a guide dog?
While there is practical merit to the human-canine bond, which developed over a period of 70,000 years, it’s not akin to any other human-animal relationship. It is unique.
The person and guide dog are interdependent, and the bond of mutual trust is what makes the partnership successful and fulfilling for both. Ask yourself how many people you would trust with your life, and after answering, ask yourself if you would trust an animal with your life. Unless you are bonded to and live with a working dog, you might hesitate in answering the second question.
To be sure, guide dogs have performed many heroic tasks and have saved handlers from innumerable dangers. However, there are smaller and subtler things that can mean so very much: the feel of your dog’s head on a foot while riding the bus, the whimpers and doggie dreaming, the way you and the dog move in sync when walking down the street, and countless other tokens of trust and affection.
With this book, I hope to take the reader on a journey of understanding: learning what it’s like to overcome the darker side of disability by walking the path of independence with a canine partner.
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Great book for anyone interested in knowing more about guide dogs
I highly recommend this moving and enjoyable memoir! The author shares her experience losing her vision as well as her confidence and independence, and then gaining it back through the use of a guide dog. This is a great book for anyone who loves dogs as she talks about her bonds with her pet dogs, as well as her guide dogs. This book is also an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about guide dogs, or considering getting a guide dog. It goes into details about all aspects of the process and the emotions involved. If this sounds interesting to anyone reading this review, you should definitely read this book!