Laura and I like to go to a certain restaurant chain. Partly because of the coffee, but mostly because of the fun we have watching people. Most times we go there, we see people react to us and to our dogs.
Most people, not realizing that there are more than just canine vision dogs in the world, assume we are both blind and that our dogs are canine vision dogs
This is never more apparent then when the dogs, Laura and I head back to the car to go home. We have a tendency to weave across the parking lot because Laura is using my left elbow, which then throws Bosley off, because he no longer can be at my left side. Bosley goes from my right side to my left, and back again to my right, because he's been trained to stay on my left, and dammit I've got him on my right. He pulls me off stride doing this, which means I pull Laura off stride, which means Laura pulls her dog, Rita, off stride as well.
So there we are - weaving across the parking lot, looking like we're both drunk and presumably blind as well.
Imagine the shock of people around us when we get into the car and drive off. Faces have registered a number of reactions - dismay, fear, and pure shock. The last time we got a reaction from people, they all dropped their jaws, and when I went to reverse the car, they all ran and hid behind the garbage bins.
We keep threatening to bring Laura's white cane next time, so that I can roll my window down and then proceed to tap my way out of the parking lot while driving, but we haven't had the nerve to actually follow through on that threat. Yet.