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  • It's not time to hit "paws" yet. See what I did there?

  • A dog joke. [swoosh / music plays]

  • This question comes up more often than you think.

  • "Hey Tommy, how come you don't use a guide dog?" Well, to be quite

  • honest my situation doesn't call for it. I walk around with a cane.

  • I'm a cane traveler. I've been using it for a long time.

  • You've seen it in videos and stuff. I do very well with it.

  • You know, I can get pretty much anywhere I need to with my cane. If I need to go

  • some place really far, I can use Uber or Lyft or jump in a taxi.

  • I don't live in a giant city, right? So, I don't need a

  • dog for that. I certainly don't need one in the house. I know

  • my around my own home. It just doesn't fit into my life.

  • It's not for me right now.

  • Listen, this isn't to say I wouldn't get one. But for right now

  • I just don't need one. There's a lot of responsibility that comes with

  • having a guide dog. I mean, it's almost like having a child.

  • Every day I've got to do stuff for the dog.

  • And I've got to be home to take care of the dog.

  • It's also an added expense. It's a lot to do.

  • I mean, a cane - I just fold it up put it away.

  • However, I have had dogs in the past.

  • I had two of them. One for each hand!

  • I'm just fooling you. No, I had two separate dogs

  • at different times. At that time I needed one

  • because where I was living it was a far walk to anywhere.

  • You know, it was a long walk into town. It was a long walk to the bus stop where I was

  • going to go to work. Hell, I was walking on streets with no sidewalks.

  • So the dog kept me pretty safe and it was really, really helpful.

  • [music plays]

  • My first dog was called "Ivan" and he was a German Shepherd.

  • And he was young and you know what I was not a good

  • dog handler. He liked to jump and frighten people

  • and I wasn't correcting him fast enough

  • and it didn't work out with us. We were together for about six months

  • and that was it. So he went back and was re-placed

  • and a couple of months went by and I was given a new dog.

  • Now this dog was called "Clancy" and he had been with somebody

  • before and we got along great. He was older so

  • he was a little bit more chill. And it really worked out

  • nicely between us. And he was wonderful. He was a great, great dog.

  • I had Clancy for probably 3-4 years.

  • It was a good long time. He was probably about 5

  • when I got him and then by the time he was 8 or 9 his

  • hip dysplasia started to act up. He couldn't get on the bus anymore.

  • He had difficulty coming up and downstairs and getting

  • into cars and so I took him to the vet one day and

  • they told me, "yeah, he's got hip dysplasia and he can't work anymore."

  • Nice bedside manner. That freaked me out that day.

  • So, when it was time I just gave him back to the place where he came from

  • and they actually put him in a nursing home which is fun.

  • Kind of a flat place with no real stairs and stuff.

  • And all these people in this nursing home had a pet.

  • And a very well behaved pet.

  • [music plays]

  • Oh my god, having a guide was great. There was a lot of cool things about it.

  • I mean, they're so well trained. They can do all kinds of things.

  • Like on a train platform for example, if I get a little confused

  • or whatever and started walking towards the edge of the platform...

  • the dog would literally stand between me and the edge of the platform

  • and not let me go forward. I'll never forget one time I was going to work...

  • I got off the bus. And it was really noisy and I was

  • in front of parking garage. And I asked him to go.

  • And he wouldn't go. And then I heard a car come by.

  • And I was like, "Holy cow, you just saved my life, Clancy. Way to go, kid."

  • He was also very helpful on walking. I mean, my cane

  • does a good job on the ground, right? But if there's something low hanging

  • the dog would actually stop so I would have to reach around

  • a little bit and reach up in front of me and see if there were trees

  • and there were. And then I would touch the trees with my hand

  • and ask him to go ahead again and we would go.

  • You know what else he knew? Let's say you and me went somewhere

  • and we go in your car. The dog's right in your car and we go to the mall

  • or whatever. And then we come back out and I can actually say

  • to my dog, "Find the car." And he would find the car

  • that we were in before.

  • [music plays]

  • So, it was a lot of fun but there was a lot of responsibility that comes

  • with a dog. I mean, one of things I had to do was

  • pick up after him. And people go, "how the heck did you do that?"

  • I could take him outside for example and say to him, "Get busy."

  • And that would mean it was time for him to do his thing. And he'd start

  • to sniff and go back and forth and back and forth.

  • And I'd put my foot right next to his leg and then when he'd move

  • I could just reach down with a plastic bag

  • and just pick it up and flip the bag inside out and throw it in the garbage.

  • And people say, "why did you ever pick that stuff up?" Well, here's the simple

  • answer.. I didn't want to step in it. I can't see where

  • it is so if I don't pick it up, I'm going to be wearing it.

  • [music plays]

  • The other things I used to do with him as well. People would always say, "Does your dog bite?"

  • And I'd always say, "Sure." What I mean is

  • his food. [laughs]

  • I don't know whether he'd bite your not, but

  • I gave you a vague answer that way you won't try him.

  • [beep] I think we've come to the "tail" of this video.

It's not time to hit "paws" yet. See what I did there?

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Why I Don’t Have A Guide Dog

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    Samuel   に公開 2018 年 01 月 24 日
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