|Sign on the cabin.|
Friday, October 1, 2010
Andy is taking advantage of being upnorth by visiting Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Alpena and Fairview. He manages a distribution activity for 45 Michigan ReStores. FLD Gus and I come along for the ride (the fall colors are turning), and a little bit of training.
Check this website for more information about the ReStores:
http://www.habitatmichigan.org/habitat-humanity-restores, or go to http://michiganrestores.org/ to locate a ReStore near you.
"Is that a 'paws' dog?"
I look up from encouraging a bandana-wearing FLD Gus around a group of men who are squatting at the end of the aisle trying to pull an old microwave oven off a shelf that is blocked by a dusty television set. Gus isn't nervous about squeezing by, I just want to be sure he doesn't try to leap toward the men for attention.
"No, he is a Future Leader Dog," I answer. "For the Blind."
"He's adorable. May I pet him?" The woman, a thin, gravelly-voiced fifty-something, has her hands full. An oversized white-vinyl handbag is slung over her right shoulder and she's holding a painted porcelain pitcher, several videos, and a wooden nic-nac shelf.
Well, sure, but let me get him to sit down, and please don't let him put his mouth on your hand. Just take it away if he does. I have to help Gus into a SIT, and even hold his mouth he is so excited when she juggles her load to bend over and dangle her fingers in front of his face. The phrase, "please don't let him put his mouth on your hand" is my new mantra with FLD Gus. He is a bit mouthy and I don't understand why strangers think it is okay to insert their hands into his velociraptor-chops!
|FLD Gus and I at the Alpena ReStore.|
|FLD Gus: mirror play!|
|FLD Gus and "twin."|
|FLD Gus and I at the Oscoda County ReStore.|