Saturday, January 28, 2023

A New Writer On 'Medium'


William Elliott,  new writer on medium wears blue shirt and silver grey necktie

With the start of 2023,  I decided to take a look at the writing website 'Medium'.

I love writing,  I have written many articles both in my blogs and over on Quora,  the question and answer website.  At Quora I have had over 12 million views and have received over 1 million views per month in November and December 2022, and January 2023 has been equally well visited.

Now I have added 'Medium' to my portfolio.

'Medium' will be a place where I post general content.  Memoirs,  relationship and just material that I feel like writing on a particular day.  Not always blindness related,  though there is some guide dog material over there right now.

'Medium' has free material so you can follow the links to my 'Medium' profile and look at my stories.

'Medium' also has a built in text to speech reader,  so it is easy to click listen to a story and a pretty good screen reader will read the story to you.  Even good for the sighted who want to listen to blogs while on the go, possibly driving about town.

I hope that you might take a look at my posts over there.

Maybe consider following me there for more regular posts about anything I take to writing about.

Here is the link to my 'Medium Profile' again.

To see my Quora Profile and Posts click here.

Friday, January 6, 2023

How Do I Convince my Family to Raise Guide Dog Puppies?

 Being a puppy raiser for a guide dog charity is not easy.  One does not volunteer and receive a puppy the first day.  There is a lot to think about.

I have been a Guide Dog user for over nine years and I have become involved with my local puppy raiser groups as a fund raiser and puppy sitter.

Here are some of my thoughts on the subject.

A young yellow Labrador puppy.

I  am blind, I have been a guide dog user for nine years. I also became involved with some of the Guide Dogs for the Blind raisers groups in my local area. Because of that my wife and I were accepted as helpers who care for a puppy for a few days while the regular raisers may be out of town.

Our title is that of “Puppy sitters” we are baby sitters for baby dogs. Marco above was one of our first puppies and he stayed with us for five nights, while his raiser was at a conference, not the place to take such a young puppy.

I have only experience with the process for Guide Dogs for the Blind based in San Rafael, California and their affiliate puppy raising groups in the Central Valley of California. So bear in mind other guide dog cahrities may differ in the role of puppy raiser.

Your question suggests that you may still be in school.

If you are you need parental permission to be a puppy raiser, you become the raiser as a family not you as an individual, being a minor.

If you attend a high school, does that school have a “Future Farmers of America” ( FFA ) program? The teacher may look into having part of that program a puppy raising program, puppy raising can be part of your school work and education.

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