This week, two guide dog owners began training with their second dogs. Although they will share similar experiences as they bond with their new pups, the main difference is that they are sharing these experiences from different sides of the world.
Darragh and Ike are training at the guide dog centre in Cork in Ireland, where I trained with O.J, while Julia and her dog Kerry are training in Morristown New Jersey. It is interesting to hear their first impressions of their new dogs, their challenges, frustrations and expectations for the future, and the similarities and differences in the way they are trained. It brings back a lot of memories for me, and its hard to believe that I trained with O.J three and a half years ago. I can't imagine working with another dog, but of course it will happen someday. I don't want to compare my future dogs with O.J, but I suppose its only natural. I just hope I don't have to do it for a very long time.