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« on: February 28, 2022, 11:13:42 am »

video on Radio Bristol face book page
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2022, 12:00:47 pm »

I’m not sure that the dog is blind?
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2022, 01:21:21 pm »

Neither a blind dog, nor boarding a train at Bristol Temple Meads. The video is of a blind person being led by their guide dog to find Passenger Assistance at the station.

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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2022, 01:30:50 pm »

Neither a blind dog, nor boarding a train at Bristol Temple Meads. The video is of a blind person being led by their guide dog to find Passenger Assistance at the station.

Also - but come on, folks, lets watch the video and celebrate what these animals do for their owners. 

I was in the local park on Saturday, and walking in town ... amazing how many assistance dogs there were around - three labradors and (would you believe!) a Greyhound - Husky cross.

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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2022, 02:57:19 pm »

Years ago, I saw a guide dog save its owner from a nasty and perhaps fatal accident.
On a slam door train via Nunhead, the train stopped at a signal, and the owner opened the door and was about to step out. Saved by the furious barking of the dog.

I saw what was happening and shouted out STOP DANGER, but doubt if this warning would have been in time.

One failing of guide dogs is that they are trained not to lead the owner into water, but the dog cant judge the depth of the water. A large but shallow flood is very perplexing to the poor dog. A sighted person would wade through and accept wet feet.

Guide CATS have been trialed with mixed results, more funding is needed. Guide cat trials.

A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2022, 05:40:45 pm »

Guide CATS have been trialed with mixed results, more funding is needed.

Its no place for a blind man, half way up a curtain...
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