I have a little experience with this. As many of you know, Yvonne and I made a mad 2000 mile dash across the country at the end of June to get Ghoulie from Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love. She was blind. She IS blind. And we figured how hard could it be?
Man oh man, if we'd only known. Not that it would have made us not get Ghoulie, but I would have become smarter, faster.
I can't tell you how many times I've put a leash on the poor dog and walked right out the door, forgetting that she doesn't know where the doorway is, much less what a doorway is. Next thing you know it, BLAM! She walks right into the wall beside the door.
Or when she's on the patio, and I holler for her to come inside. Sometimes I turn around and go about my business. Then comes the BLAM! as she slams into the side of the house.
All I have to say is I am getting better. We walk her a mile a day and she does great. She navigates the yard well. Understands commands. Has the run of the house. And is a regular dog.
But it wasn't easy. So I convinced my buddy Jack Kitchens to write an article about How to Walk a Blind Dog. Do me a favor and check it out. If you have some friends who have a blind dog, please pass it along. The one thing I have learned is that there is never too much good advice.
Here is the article - HOW TO WALK A BLIND DOG
Chronological Pictures from the Operation Get Ghoulie
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.
Friday, October 1, 2010
How to Walk a Blind Dog
Weston Ochse is the author of more than twenty books, most recently the SEAL Team 666 series which has been optioned by MGM Films. He's also the author of the Grunt Life series, a military science fiction series concentrating on the lives of PTSD survivors. His first novel, Scarecrow Gods, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in comic books, and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune. He lives in the Arizona desert within rock throwing distance of Mexico. He is a military veteran with more than 30 years of military service and currently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan.