Sunday, February 1, 2015
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.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Just recently I flew home on Delta Airlines from Detroit on Christmas. Before I left I had notified the airlines that I was deaf. But once I boarded the plane it was all forgotten. Again I didn't understand a word being said on the microphone. This time I called the flight attendant over and we had a talk. I told her that I didn't understand a word she said during the safety demonstration. She said just follow the book.
Well I told her that is not the only issue. There were a lot of announcements being made over the microphone. And not all of them was about the safety demonstration. And I explained to her that deaf people have a rights to know every word that was said on the plane. We shouldn't be left out and ignored when announcements are being made.
She apologized about what I was going through. Though she didn't have to do that. I explained to her if they would close caption every announcement for the deaf passengers it would be more fair. Or they could have an interpreter on the plane when there's a deaf passenger. I have never been offered either option in forty years.
You can read the rest of what happened on the plane at:
Again No Deaf Services On Plane
Friday, September 26, 2014
My dog trainer told me I could get discounts for my service dog, Douglas. When I went to Petco they gave it to me several times. But usually I would have to explain to them why as they don't known much about this. When I went there today, a different manager told me they don't offer any discounts for service dogs. Therefore she felt my hearing dog didn't deserve one. Read the rest of this story below at:
DISOUNT CONFUSION AT PETCO
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Good afternoon everyone. My summer has been going great. Just recently I took my hearing dog Douglas to Ohio with me. We went out to eat at some restaurants and he came with us. While he was there, he was quiet and behaved pretty good. He never barked in the restaurants. Now he responds automatically to the doorbell, phone, alarm clock and smoke alarm. When I’m not wearing my hearing aids I can’t hear a thing. So it is very helpful that he is here to notify me of those sounds.
You can read more about Douglas at:
Bubbling Away From Home
Their Big Dog Came Charging At Us
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
As you know I haven't been here for a while. Things are going well, and I have been very busy. Of course I continued to write more about life with my hearing dog. So far things are going well, and he's a great dog to have. Douglas is very sweet and lovable. right now I'm still in the second month of training him. So far he is doing well at notifying me of some sounds I can't hear at home. You can learn more about him in my articles below.
Not Going Unless He Goes
Hearing Dogs: It's The Security Guard Again
Driving Him Around Everyday
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I was accepted to get a hearing dog from the International Hearing Dog Inc.a while ago. Finally the trainer, Robert Cooley from there flew Douglas down from Colorado. He is in town for a few days to teach me how to train the dog. Today we worked on training Douglas to alert me to the sounds of the doorbell ringing, knocking and a smoke detector beeping. This dog is very sweet and lovable. I am very excited to finally have a hearing dog in my life. It hasn't been easier being deaf. He will help to make my life better.
You can read all about this at:
Douglas Is Here With Me Now
Second Day Of Training Douglas
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I had signed up for a hearing dog through the International Hearing Dog Inc. Since I can't hear things with my hearing aids off, it would help to notify me of things that make noises. It's a big help when I am home alone. If the smoke alarm goes off, phone rings, doorbell rings, and so on, the dog will notify me of those sounds. After I filled out the applications, I was approved to get a dog. The agency put me on a waiting list.
Last week, I received a picture of a dog they thought would be good for me. He looked absolutely adorable. And of course, I told them that's the dog I want. The hearing dog agency sent me a list of things I have to get before the dog arrives. So now I looking forward to meeting Douglas. I can't wait. It will be a big change to have a hearing dog in my life.
You can read more about this at: Can't Wait To See Douglas
Saturday, February 8, 2014
The only deaf people that was there this time was the other two guys and me. Hopefully more deaf people will show up in the next few weeks at this event. It's a good thing a lot of hearing people want to learn sign language. It impresses me they care to know how to communicate with those that can't hear. I enjoyed meeting new people tonight and I am going back on February 22nd. The group is meeting every two weeks for now at the coffee shop at 7pm.
My sign language skills are improving. Long time ago I knew how to sign very well. That's because I went to N.T.I.D. in the past. Over the years I have forgotten how to speak fluently in sign language. Now it's all coming back to me and I'm catching up. Sooner or later I'll remember how to sign most of the words that I have forgotten. This is a good social even to go to.
ASL Buffalo Social Group Event