Dear Readers: Having printed hints for helping the blind before, it’s time to address how to approach a GUIDE DOG TEAM. A team consists of a guide dog and its owner. When a dog is in harness, it is at “work” and is responsible for guiding its owner and should not be distracted. Here are some hints on what to do (and NOT do) when you come across a guide dog team:
* Always greet the owner first. Whatever side the guide dog is on (most work on the left), approach from the other side.
* Do not approach a team while in the middle of a task. Wait until the task is completed.
* Do not pet a guide dog without asking the owner’s permission. Some owners will allow you to pet the dog, and others will not. Do not get your feelings hurt if the owner says no.
* Do not call out or whistle at a guide dog. The owner’s safety is dependent on the guide dog maintaining focus. So do not distract the guide dog.
* Do not feed or offer the guide dog food or treats. Guide dogs are fed on a schedule that is strictly maintained. Because they often visit restaurants and grocery stores, they are trained to ignore food. Offering them food not only distracts them, it negates their training and also can make them sick.
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Here are two great hints from J.M., via tablet computer:
When packing for a trip, I realized my curling iron was too hot to pack, and I was rushed for time. The thought of my oven mitt came to mind. It worked perfectly, allowing the curling iron to remain in the open position so it could cool off, but it was safe to handle and put in my tote bag. Even at home, I put the curling iron in an oven mitt before putting it in the drawer, which prevents the possibility of it melting other cords, etc. I also use the mitt on my countertop to rest the curling iron on as it warms up.
(J.M., this is a great travel hint that has been printed many times before. Just be careful. Check what kind of material the inside of your oven mitt is. Sometimes the inside is a different material and may not be as heat-resistant as the outside. And don’t put the curling iron directly in the oven mitt after unplugging. Give it at least a couple of minutes to cool off before placing it inside. -- Heloise)
For my houseguests, I put up our folding table in their room, which is the perfect height and size for an open suitcase. The area under the table is handy to stow any other items. I also have added a folding chair now for guests as they put on shoes or socks while dressing. These items go back to their storage area after the guests have gone.
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