More lovely puppy raiser musings

I expressed how I feel about puppy raisers in this post.

Now I have some more to say. A few blogs ago, and I don’t even know how it came up, but another blogger who is a puppy raiser recommeneded Frant Mccourt’s audio books, because he narrates them himself and does a great job. She ended up offering to send them to me, because she has them all on cd. Being the overly cautious blogger that I am, I was a little frightened of giving out my address, but I’ve read her blogs. She’s a puppy raiser! Does this give all puppy raisers the label of good people? Well, yeah, it kinda does lol.

So I sent her my address and today I got the cds in the mail, all packaged up in a cd binder. Thank you, Cabana’s Puppy Raiser!

I e-mailed her to let her know I received them, and she mentioned that she’s now adding alt tags and image descriptions on her photos, because she’s seen me saying I appreciate them! Ok, add to my warm fuzzies about puppy raisers that she asked if its helpful, which it is. Screen reader users, check out her blog, the latest one describes a collar in wonderful detail!

She then tells me that several of the raisers are starting to add alt descriptions too. Just this morning, I commented on another blog and thanked her for the image descriptions of her boyfriend working with his guide dog. She replied and said she did it for me, and I was like, suuuure, just for me. But maybe it was….Sometimes I try and be so humble that I don’t recognize that yes, I am kinda teaching people things. Wow.

Dave told me on one of our first lessons, at Best Buy, when he showed me how to get a sales guy to help, that I was a really good example for that sales guy. I was fun and friendly, and told him what I needed. Dave said that the next blind person that guy encounters, is going to get good service, because of what I taught him.

This is where I get a little torn in two directions. I want to stay humble, and be like, I’m just doing what I need to do, but on the same token, I’m proud of the kind of person I am, that I can go out there and be a “good blind person” lol!

Back to puppy raisers though, not only are they raising our future eyes, they are just good and nice people. She told me she hopes I enjoy the books, and I told her everything is even better when someone took time out of their day to do something nice.

I’m sure its much more work to add image descriptions and alt tags, but it really makes me feel like I’m “seeing” the whole blog. What a wonderful gesture!!!

Thanks again puppy raisers, not only for raising pups but for being wonderful people!


Filed under accessibility, Adjustment to blindness, advocacy, Audio books, gratitude, misty eyes, plugs, puppy raisers, screen reader

6 Responses to More lovely puppy raiser musings

  1. Please let me know if you would like more descriptions! I am just starting to add them in. Thanks for making me more aware, I think it is great what you are doing!

  2. R

    Wow, thank you…

    I just know future blinks will sooooo appreciate this!!!

  3. I think it’s completely possible, acceptable and important to be both humble and proud of yourself at the same time!!

  4. Agree – every puppy raiser that I have met is an incredible person. Love them all!

  5. OK, lets see if this works!
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I just wanted to say that I’m really enjoying reading yours, even though I only found it a few days ago.

    I took my dog OJ to see his puppy raisers (or walkers as they’re called in Ireland) in february and it was an amazing experience for all of us. They had kept three dogs and OJ was the first one they had seen since they returned them to complete their guide dog training.
    Good luck with your guide dog application.

  6. R

    Yay Jenn whatever you did worked 😉 I’m so glad your walkers got to see your dog. I think its the coolest thing when the handlers keep in contact with the raisers, and I certainly plan to. I hope my raisers have logs and email hehe. So intersting to read about Ireland! How cool!

    Cabana’s raiser, you are absolutely correct. I’ve really had to work hard on this since going blind. I used to shy away from compliments and say thngs like, oh you know, anyone could do it, its nothing, while kind of bowing my head a little. I don’t know if I’ve talked about how broken I was those first few months…but I’m sure it’ll come up.

    Becky, aren’t we just the luckiest people?? Who else gets a perfect dog?? 😉

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