It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on here. Most of my articles were written back in 2013. Seems like the older I get the less I write as I am spending a lot of time with Douglas. He just wants a ton of attention.
As a working hearing dog, he still goes to work with me every week. And at home he stays in the same room with me. The reason is so he can notify me of any sounds I might not hear. A few weeks ago I was waiting for a painter to stop by.
And at the time Douglas was with me in the basement while I was gathering the laundry from my washing machine. Little did I know the painter was going to be 15 minutes early. Due to my severe hearing loss I could not hear anyone come to the door.
But Douglas heard it and he notified me right away. He turned his head towards the stairs and ran to me and tapped me to let me know someone was outside. If it wasn’t for this dog I would of never answered the door on time.
Thank god Douglas can help me out at times like this when I can’t hear the doorbell or knocking. He make life easier in certain ways.
Whenever I go out shopping I always bring Douglas my hearing dog along. He is here to help to notify me of sounds I can’t hear at home. Without my hearing aids on I am completely deaf. In most places we go to there are usually never any problems. At the stores people spend a lot of time admiring the dog. They usually come up to me and tell he how cute he looks. He puts smiles on people’s faces everywhere I go.
Anyway I decided to stop at the Dollar General store yesterday. Douglas had his orange hearing dog vest on as we went inside. Also I always hold onto the leash and have him close to me whenever we go shopping. When I was nearly done shopping, a cashier followed us in the store. I was wondering why she was not up front working. All of a sudden she started yelling something to me.
Oh no not again is what I told myself. She came up to me with an annoyed look on her face. Then she nastily said that Douglas cannot be in the store. She said again no dogs were allowed there. This woman was standing right next to me and I wondered why she didn’t observe what his vest said. Finally she took the time to read it. Then she asked me if he was a hearing dog. And I said yes. He is a service dog and he’s allowed in public places.
Then she said something to me that I didn’t appreciate. The next thing I knew she was telling me to keep him close to me. It’s almost as if she was trying to tell me I did something wrong. He is always next to me on the leash that I always hold. So I was not happy that she was giving me orders on my service dog. Not only that she was wrong to ask him to leave. Anyway that was one unpleasant experience in the General Dollar Store.
In this world not many people are educated on these hearing dogs. This is why things like this happen when I go out in public sometimes. All I can do is to help more people to understand more about hearing dogs. Let’s help to spread this information out on these wonderful hearing dogs.
You can check out more articles about my hearing dog on my blog at:
A while ago I received a wonderful hearing dog named Douglas from IHDI . You can find this agency on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/internationalhearingdog. As I was training him I signed some commands to him such as sit.
He has been good at remembering some of the words I signed to him. He is a very intelligent dog. You can read more about this on bubblews by clicking on the first link above.
Well it’s good to be back again for a short while. Right now I am still in the process of training my hearing dog to notify me of sounds I can’t hear at home. He is doing very well and I am very proud of him. When I go to sleep at night, I take off my hearing aids. Without them on I can’t hear a thing. So it’s really nice to have him here to help me out. Aside from all that, I have been walking him everyday. So I am out of the house a lot taking care of this dog. I hope you enjoy my articles on Bubblews below.