Lately I have had to relinquish some of my freedom, as I have damaged my left knee in some way, this means that instead of heading for the stairs, I have had to rely on my guiding girl to find me the lift.
So, as is with most Guide Dogs, Fizz is target trained to follow commands, just like “find the lift.” A job that she does very well.
She will then help me with finding the buttons, with a similar command.
Upon walking in the lift, she would then turn me around so that I am facing the door ready to exit.
There are time when we go into a lift and it has a rear door also. Sometimes these are just to get to the store room, sometimes these are the exit to the floor I require.
Yesterday when shopping with a friend, I went into the local Next Store. I went upstairs to look at the homeware, Fizz found me the lift, then the buttons and finally as the doors opened, she walked me inside.
She then started to turn around (to face the door again) but when she got half way, she stopped and stood. We had in theory turned right, not around.
In the shiny silver lift I thought she was trying to cheekily get to something on the floor, so I took her lead and got her to continue the turn. By which time the lift door was opening,
The lift door that was opening was not infront of us, or behind. It was now on our left.
The very same place that Fizz had stopped me when we walked in.
I have never EVER been in a lift that opens like this.
Like I said ………….. Way to confuse a blindie !!!