With both Guide Dog schools I have applied to, they have asked me if I had a preference with breed and/or gender. I said no to gender but I said I would like a black labrador if possible. One of my great friends, Misty, is blind and has a guide dog, Bijou. He is a yellow labrador. Misty’s brother, J.E, is also blind and has a black labrador guide dog. I have been over to their place several times and I am just really attracted to the beauty of black labradors. Now, I told both schools that if they felt that a specific yellow labrador was better suited for me, I wouldn’t be opposed to that. Because remember, they take in the personality of you and the dog, your lifestyle, the walking pace, the amount of pull the guide dog handler needs, etc. So if they are training a black labrador that meets all my needs and is a good match, great, but if not, they will put me with a yellow labrador hopefully. There are other breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Poodles, German Sheperds, etc., but I really have my eyes set on a black labrador. We’ll see.
Another reason why I want a black dog is because I wear a lot of black when I need to dress up and I fear that if I had a yellow labrador he would shed on me all the time. Now, I know we brush and groom them a lot to prevent this from happening but it is still bound to happen. (That’s the business attire part of the post title)
They said that sometimes people get in their minds a specific breed and if they don’t get it, automatically from the start that person has in their mind that it’s not going to work, so it doesn’t. That’s why they wanted to get somewhat of a feel of what I wanted.
I didn’t have a preference about gender and really didn’t understand why someone would. I said I didn’t have a preference at first but then after talking to my Mom a few weeks later, I think I would enjoy a gal but really, I would be totally fine with anything. It’s not a strong preference. Apparently people have a preference on gender based on lawn care. Apparently since females squat, they tend to cause spotting in the lawn where there isn’t much grass. But males don’t squat and therefore don’t have this problem. Well, I live in an apartment complex now and we wouldn’t be peeing in the same place every time and I don’t necessarily care if it did. And later, I doubt this would ever be a problem. Strange question to ask, I thought.
So, I have requested a female black labrador. However, I won’t be really hurt if it’s not a female. Just being honest, I may be a little bummed if It’s not a black labrador but I will get over that really fast I’m sure and love the dog all the same.