This is for all Canadians out there who amble into the local Walmart store or other retail location where perhaps, you once noticed a large, plastic Golden Retriever Guide Dog sitting by the entrance or near the checkout counter. The boy (or girl) dog has a money slot on the top of his/her head. On the base of this acrylic canine is a little sign that says, “Canadian Guide Dogs For The Blind”. This is the school where Opal comes from and where we trained together. This is the Guide Dog Training Centre that ‘gives’ Guide dogs to blind people at a cost of $1.00. It actually cost $35,000.00 to put one dog into the hands of a blind handler.
So, I do my bit to show my appreciation to CGDB. I convinced the local Walmart manager to allow CGDB to place two plastic Guider collector dogs in his store. It’s no skin off the manager’s nose. These puppies take up only one square foot of floor space each. They attract kids and people generally love them. I go each month to empty the coins out of Buzz and Regina (named after Opal’s mum and dad). I clean them because kids often ‘pat’ them with grubby hands. They will go to the car wash next summer for pressure hosing. Today, the haul seemed lighter than usual. Maybe $150 or $160. I said to Opal, “looks like CGDB can buy a Guide dog’s toe today”. You do the math. One entire guide dog=$35,000.00 so $150. would likely buy a toe. Next time you see the collector dogs? Put some money in them. If you’re one of our regular contributors? How about digging a little deeper into your pockets or billfold?