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Through my eyes....Chapter 2

Updated: Mar 23, 2020


Why is?

Why do people have this uncontrollable urge to PAT an Assistance Dog?

They don’t have the urge to pat Police, Security, Search & Rescue dogs. Not even farm working dogs. Why is this so when they are all “dogs at work”?

Are they aware of this being detrimental to the bonding and training with their handler? Not to mention their overall focus and safety.

I became aware of this phenomenon from the very start, when wanting to pat Walter and Nixon myself. If I could resist this urge, why couldn't others? Was it because I was being educated and I was determined to not only pass with flying colours but had honours in my sight?!

Why can’t we educate the general population?


You have the greatest gift of all - your dog. You and your dog will overcome all challenges that may lay ahead. They have a job to do.

To lead the way!


Nixon ignoring an unwanted pat



Hi, my name is Karen.

I am part of Nina’s extended family. I am like the older sister she never had. I knew Nina’s first Seeing Eye Dog, Walter. I was a significant part of both their lives as I am with her current and second Guide Dog, Nixon. This is their ongoing story seen though my eyes, a person with no prior knowledge of Assistance Dogs but with a deep love of my furry babies. Talk soon.

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