I liked this blog post by another guide dog user. They are from another guide dog school but it talks about the responsibilities and benefits of being a guide dog handler briefly.. The pros and cons.
Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
–John D. Rockefeller
What is your freedom worth? I’m not talking about your first amendment freedoms, or your right to vote, or anything that abstract. No, more basic. Think about your daily life and the independence required to function in society. How do you put a price-tag on that?
Guide Dogs of America puts the value of a guide dog–on average–at $42,000. That counts training for the dog and handler, room and board, travel expenses, vet care prior to graduation, and the various tools we’re given to ensure a successful transition.
My kids gave up 28 days with their father. My wife lost four weeks with her husband. My cat had 28 nights where he had no one to cuddle with. I missed out on all of those things.
I am now responsible for vet care, food…
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