What year is it again?
Welcome back to a regular feature we call, “What Year is it Again?” in which we relate true events that make us question whether we’ve gone back in time for decades, maybe even centuries.
Thinking this must be some mistake, because my smart phone tells me we’re living in the year 2011, I checked further.
Our photographer told me that indeed, guide dogs are a new phenomenon in Peru. So naturally, instead of checking in with other countries that have used these amazing animals forever, the locals just made rules against them. I guess that’s a lot easier.
One woman with a guide dog had to take a bus to the Andes to give a workshop for the blind, but the ticket seller said her dog would have to be stowed in the luggage compartment, underneath.
I will pause here for a moment while you let that sink in.
Please keep in mind that guide dogs are an established and respected institution around the world. Heck, most of the ones I’ve seen are a lot smarter and cleaner than I am.
She says that if she gets lost, she tells Cubbe, “Find home,” and Cubbe takes her back home.
I wonder what Cubbe would do if she said, “Find sanity…”
Top: Juan Perez accompanied by his guide dog Isac wait for a medical exam to participate in a race in Lima, October 6, 2011.
Left: Jane Cosar and her guide dog walk in front of the conductor of a bus who refused to let her board in Lima, September 29, 2011. Cosar is a blind lawyer and former congressional candidate who fights for the rights of blind people using guide dogs in Peru, where shops, banks, buses and others do not allow the blind to enter with their guide dogs.
Right: A security guard prevents Cosar and her guide dog from entering the Lince Mayor building in Lima, September 29, 2011.
Bottom left: Cosar and her guide dog Cubbe stand next to another dog who wants to play with him at a park in Lima, September 29, 2011.
REUTERS photos by Mariana Bazo