Dóra and her Guide Dog, Fidzsi
Dóra, the young university student arrived from Százhalombatta to begin to prepare for her traffic safety exam with her guide god Fidzsi. They work together with great love and dedication.
Dóra is talking about the exciting week full of experiences, learning and practice in her blog shared with Fidzsi. Here is a little foretaste of the events of the first day:
„….The train ride was uneventful; we could enjoy the storytelling of a group of retired people 🙂In Miskolc Tamás, the head of the guide dog school was waiting for us. We put the dogs into the kennels in the trunk of Tamás’s car and headed for the site of the first task. We parked on top of a hill, where we let the dogs run so that they could release the tension of the long journey. Then… Marcsi, Füli and Tamás left us behind, somewhere on the slopes of the hill where we had walked down. Our task with Fidzsi was to find our way back to the car. The fulfillment of the task was no problem but when we were left behind, Fidzsi was completely outraged and went into a crazy tantrum. I remained calm observing the five-minute waiting Tamás said. In the meantime, I tried to calm the artistess down with treats and strokes but with not much success. Then we set off. I did not doubt for a minute that Fidzsi could find the way back feeling how breezily she pulled me. I stopped her and made her sit down several times to calm her wodn and not to rush so much. Despite the fast pace and the huge puddles, we arrived safe and dry to the car. Tamás showed me how to operate the trunk and the latch of the kennel so that hence I could put there Fidzsi by myself. After a short drive we arrived at the center of Barathegyi Guide Dog School, where after a command “Go to Tamas” we entered Tamas’s room where we could rest a bit: me in a chair, Fidzsi in a dog bed. After the little rest, we returned to the hall and started the indoor obstacle practice. This meant that I had to make Fidzsi, who was not wearing a harness this time, lie beneath the chair I was sitting on, then stand up while she remains beneath the chair. After putting the harness on Fidzsi, we had to get to the diagonally opposite corner of the room, where there was another room with another chairs. There I had to undress the young lady again and had to make her lie under my chair again. We repeated this series of exercises back and forth with increasingly difficult courses. Meanwhile, Zoli and his guide dog Fecske joined us in the back and forth manoeuvre, taking off the harness, and making our dogs lie down. Towards the end, Tamás built a dead end in the course into which we ran twice with Fidzsi, but he cleverly found the way out. In the second dead end task, she simply by-passed the dead end and chose the right way.
After another rest and pee break we left the center and continued with a little practice in town. Here we had some trouble with some stairs and treacherous sidewalk errors, apart from a minor stumble, I was all right. Or rather… A part of my palm waved goodbye to the top layer of my skin, I clutched the handle so tightly and Fidzsi stomped so fast. Towards the end of our way we got beside fences, where smaller and larger dogs were barking with greater or lesser volume. My task was to walk in front of them as slowly and gracefully as possible and I more or less succeeded. Tamás was really pleased that Fidzsi only curiously looked into the courtyards and the dogs trotting there and did not bother with them too much. We had to go by ourselves back to the center; Fidzsi wanted to go into her tantrums again when we were left behind, but after I made her sit beside my leg, she could quiet down. Overcoming the stairs, we just flew into the center, right into Tamás’s room.”