Over the past few years I have commuted into the city on the train and would see a blind gentleman with a seeing eye dog (Labrador of course) and it always amzed me how the dog could get him to and from work and home every day. This added to my wanting a Lab for myself. I've so wanted to pat the dogs but never do becuase I know they are working.
But I noticed that he seems to have a new dog every 6 months to a year because the color of the dogs are different. Do these service dogs only stay with people this short of a time?
No, in my experience they stay for a number of years. Maybe he's had bad luck with his dogs?
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
unless there is an issue, like skittishness, or forgetting what to do, they stay until they are seniors and no longer can do the job. often times, the owners screw things up but then i would think the guild wouldn't keep replacing the dogs.
are you sure this gentleman is blind and not training?
Hubby actually suggested that maybe he was a trainer. But he wears the dark glasses and as far as I can tell is blind.
Would it be awkward for you to approach the man and just ask? You know, something like, "Excuse me, sir? I've noticed how well you and your dog work together. Have you been together for a long time? You move so well together and I don't know much about guide dogs." Something like that?
Seamus and Flynn
I like Paddysmom's idea. Very strange he would have another dog every six months. I bet he is training dogs too. Are you near a school for such?
I see a lady once in a while at a coffee shop near where we do our Rally training. Her seeing eye dog is a black Lab, my dog is a black Lab. I just said, "Pretty dog, what's her name?" and we went from there.