As you can imagine, a flood of questions bombarded my mind. What will I do with Kirby when I am getting my teeth cleaned or while I am having x-rays? Where will he sit? Will he be worried?
Then I remembered – of course, this will be easy. Kirby was trained and prepared for everyday life situations like this and just having him by my side makes things easier.
I also remembered that everyone at GDA says, “We are always here for you!” So, I emailed GDA’s Manager of Admissions and Graduate Services, Greg Steinmetz, who is a GDA graduate and guide dog user himself, and I asked him for some last minute guide dog pointers for my dental check-up. Greg immediately responded with some really helpful information about how he and his guide dog, Wiki, work together at the dentist. I was so thankful for his experienced advice, and Kirby and I headed to the dentist with confidence.
The visit ended up being super easy and I was once again grateful to GDA and their expert trainers and puppy raisers! This was yet another example of how my amazing guide dog has helped restore my confidence and independence. Thank you GDA!