A Brief History Of Seeing Eye DogsWritten by Simon Harris
No one knows when concept of using assistance animals for blind first came into being. It is suggested that dogs have been used in such a capacity in various cultures for a very long time. It is known, however, that there was no formal guide dog program in existence until after First World War.
Why German Shepherds?
Many people have probably wondered why guide dogs and Seeing Eye dogs are so often German Shepherds. The reason is actually twofold. First of all German Shepherd has a strong sense of loyalty to its owner, giving it a natural tendency to be protective. Having a very protective dog as a companion is an obvious asset for someone who may otherwise be easily attacked by less then scrupulous individuals. The other reason is far simpler; first guide dogs for blind and visually impaired were trained in Germany to provided assistance for those blinded in war.
After end of World War I nation of Germany was devastated by financial depression. Many private businesses failed and Potsdam, Germany school that trained guide dogs for blind was one of them.
An American woman named Dorothy Eustis had heard about program and decided it was a very worthwhile endeavor. Because she owned a company that was training German Shepherds as working dogs, she decided she might try to train guide dogs for blind. She did not start this right away, however. In fact she was still considering possibilities when she penned a story for The Saturday Evening Post about potential for guide dogs for blind.
I Hate To Say That I Told You SoWritten by Bill Knell
I created Perverted Perfection Website at http://politics.billknell.com so that people could get another view of all things political. Apart from Left, Right or somewhere in between, there is fact that politicians have been steadily increasing their control over our lives. That control has nothing to do with any of knee jerk issues or colorful people we love to hate on either side of aisle in government. Itís all about CONTROL and always has been.
Despite any moves in either political direction over past twenty years, government has seized more control over everything you do. This is not about protecting you from terrorists, lowering or raising taxes or anything other then a power grab. Nothing illustrates this more then recent decision by U.S. Supreme Court regarding a governmentís right to seize private property for public use.
Itís been a trend throughout nation. Huge tracts of privately owned land are seized by local cities, towns and villages and turned over to big box store developers. The idea is that everyone will benefit because more tax revenue will be generated by a big store then Johnsonís Horse Stable or Shelly Greenbergís two bedroom home. However, what happened to private property rights of those people? Given this decision, it would be almost foolish for anyone to buy any land unless itís part of some preplanned and approved subdivision. In short, government is now forcing people to live where they want them to. Itís social engineering, pure and simple.
When I first started my Website in late 1990s, my concern was to make people aware that they were being used and manipulated by politicians with an agenda that serves their own purposes. Now chickens have come home to roost. Law after law is being proposed before Congress that will limit your right to live life way you want to in a free society. A good example is PAWS act. This legislation is supposed to protect animals. The idea is to bring all dog and cat breeders of any size under control of federal government. It doesnít say that, but read it carefully. If you advertise or sell your pups online, you are their target. As if itís any surprise in a politically correct America, Rescue Groups are immune from this legislation.