92: Lead Me Not…

92: Lead Me Not…

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog

Lead Me Not…

Fun fact: The Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990, says that disabled people and their assistance dogs must have access to public places.

I was not surprised to see a woman with an old Golden Retriever, her guide dog, asking a couple for directions to one of the smaller restaurants. The Scarborough Town Center in Toronto is such a large shopping plaza that it is easy, even for a sighted person, to become confused. When the couple didn’t know where the restaurant was, the blind woman left.

Forty minutes later, after a totally unsuccessful bathing-suit shopping expedition, I passed the restaurant. The same woman was plodding along several stores ahead of me. I knew that she had walked right by her intended destination, probably not for the first time.

I rushed to catch up to her. “Excuse me,” I called, “but are you still looking for Moxie’s Grill?”

When she said “yes,” I put my arm out and suggested that she take it.

“You walked by the front door a few minutes ago,” I said. “You are going to have to teach your dog to read,” I added jokingly.

“He knows exactly where it is. I meet my friends there every couple of days,” she said matter-of-factly. “He’s just pissed off because I won’t take him for a ride on the escalator.”

~Joei Carlton Hossack

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