|Barnum says, "Ask Sharon a question!"|
Ask Sharon Wachsler Your Service Dog Questions!
After I read Sharon's post for "Blogging Against Disablism Day" this year (http://aftergadget.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/service-dogs-friends-familiarity-breeds-confusion/), I had plenty of questions. I immediately emailed her and asked if she'd write a guest post for me.
She wasn't sure what she'd say, so she suggested that we ask you if there's anything in particular that you'd like to know.
Questions could include (but certainly aren't limited to!):
- How do you train a service dog?
- What do you use a service dog for?
- Why can't I interact with a service dog while it's working?
- What's the funniest/most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you when you were out with a service dog?
Sharon Wachsler is *the* person to answer your questions. She trains them, she uses one herself (Barnum, the handsome bouvier at the top of the post), and she's been through the heartbreak of having to say good-bye to her beloved service dog, Gadget. I didn't realize just how strong the relationships between service dogs and their owners are, until I started reading Sharon's blog at http://aftergadget.wordpress.com/. Please go take a look when you get a chance!
Sharon Wachsler says that she will attempt to answer all the questions. From her post on this at her blog: "I say "attempt" because I might receive a question that I can't answer. For example, if I was asked what it was like for me to have a guide dog or train at a service dog school, I wouldn't be able to answer those questions directly, because I don't have those experiences. But I might ask one of my friends who has such experiences if they would be willing to answer. If I can't give a complete answer to a question, to quote Albus Dumbledore, "I shall not, of course, lie."
I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of questions you guys come up with, and to learning more with you about this fascinating topic! We'll be accepting questions for the next two weeks.
Thank you so much for doing this, Sharon!