It’s definitely been a while since I blogged here, but today, my blog is for all dog lovers! I follow a number of other blogs, and today I am highlighting one written [sic] by a dog! He is a working dog, and works for a prominent Australian, Graeme Innes AM.
Graeme Innes “is an Australian company director, lawyer and public speaker. He has been a human rights practitioner for 30 years in NSW and Western Australia and has participated in the development of national and international human rights instruments.
Graeme was Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner from December 2005 until July 2014. During that time he also served as Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner for 3.5 years and as Race Discrimination Commissioner for 2 years.
In 1995, Graeme was entered into of the Order of Australia as a Member (AM). In 2003, he was a finalist for Australian of the Year. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra and appointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney.”
Last week, his dog wrote What’s in a (doggy) name? Or why Qantas doesn’t need to know my handle. It is a great read, and importantly, anyone who likes to pat or talk to other people’s dogs should read it. As people with dementia are now learning the value of Companion or Assistance Dogs, it is imperative we all read this as well, as working dogs are no longer only working for people who are sight impaired.
It starts like this:
As you know, the Old Dude flies a lot. And of course, I tag along (we’re in Perth at the moment).
It’s cool. I wriggle in under the seat next to him, and there are always crumbs to clean up. I also get lots of admiration from the other passengers and airline staff, which of course I try not to notice. After all, I’m working and it’s not good for me to be distracted.
I wish they wouldn’t try to pat me and talk to me though. I’m trying to work dudes. Take a chill pill and let me do my job.