Well, I had my dr's appt. the other day and was telling him about the hike I plan going on with some friends next tuesday. It is is somewhat of a remote area and my Dr. feels its not the smartest thing for me to do as my bloodsugars are still very unstable. He loves the idea that I am feeling better now that I am on insulin and want to get back to being active, but he figures I should stick to activities closer to town.
Which got me thinking... If I had a D.A.D ( dibateic alert dog ) I could do stuff like that and reduce the risk of something terrible happening to me. I would be able to go places, drive long distances, and be more independant. I wouldnt have to beg and plead with my friends to go for a walk with me every night. I would feel more confident and safe.
I have had a dog before, a german shepherd actually, he and I were attached at the hip for 15 years. I have had experience training dogs as my father was a policeman on the k-9 section for many years.
So rather than spending thousands of dollars which I dont have I have been considering getting a dog and training it myself. I have the knowledge, I would just need to add the alert training and scent training into the mix. I have proven to be a good responsible dog owner. I also know it is a big commitment and that the training never ends.
I have already talked to my land lady about it and although they dont usually allow bigger dogs in our building, she would gladly make an exception for a service dog.
My delemma is wondering if I should risk adopting a shelter puppy. I want this dog to last me as long as possible..as it will take much of my time training and I want a healthy dog. I have the option of getting a purbred dog, but I would think a healthy shelter dog would be just as good.
Any thoughts or opinions???