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The Guide Dog Memos: Roja

Introducing Roja

Image description is in the blog post.Roja, a beautiful golden lab who works with her handler, Joy, can be pretty opinionated as evidenced by her quote. To read more about Roja’s adventures with Joy check out her Dog Blog on DoubleVisionBlog.

“Joy did most of the talking…boy can she yap…blah blah blah blah blah…but I got to show off my guide dog work when the kids made an aisle for me to guide Joy down, complete with a chair obstacle and all!  I’m not trying to brag, but I was pretty much the bomb-diggity guide dog of the year, and those kids loved me!” Roja Thomas www.doublevisionblog.com

Even though Roja has a charming sense of humor when it’s time to get down to business she is totally serious when she is working with Joy.

Quoted text is teal on a white background under three photos: The picture in the center is Roja in her harness during training kneeling with her front paws. The other 2 pictures are of Joy seated in a chair with Roja laying at her feet in a classroom of children sitting on the floor in semi circles. 

Photos courtesy of Joy Thomas.

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18 thoughts on “The Guide Dog Memos: Roja

  1. A beautiful name for a beautiful creature! Roja in Tamil translates to rose! Lovely!

    1. Thank you Hari, I did not know that and never thought to ask Joy what it meant I just like the sound of the name but you’ve added an extra lovely piece to it.

      1. Awww… You’re welcome!

  2. I am Noni to a golden lab named Ella. She’s a year old and what a personality! ♥

    1. Labs are so affectionate. Is your Ella like a lap dog? My friend had a black lab who was an overgrown lap dog but she was the sweetest thing.

      1. Yes lol. She is a snuggle bug at my side right now as a matter of fact. Puppy love.

  3. This brings back lots of memories of my 1 and only guide dog, Peyton.
    Sherri Rodgers

    1. I admire the bond between service animals and their handlers–it’s just remarkable!

  4. One of my senior high school students is a Guide Dog trainer. It was AMAZING to have her in class along with the 3 different dogs she was working with throughout the year. We all learned a lot!

    1. Wow, I would have loved to have been there to see the trainer in action. I understand that the training for these dogs is pretty strenuous but then it would have to be for the work they do. I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I should get one. What types of dogs did she bring?

      1. Three of the dogs were golden labs. This new puppy she is starting with is a black lab. She does a great job and she can discipline as she trains. The lab before this one was a golden and he had finished his first year so she delivered him to the Guide school out in California for his 2nd year of training and then he can be placed.

      2. I’ve heard the folks who foster the puppies grow very attached to them but I think knowing the greater good is what drives them to continue.

  5. I love labradors! They’re one of my favorite dog breeds. Roja sounds like a great dog to work with too, even if a little opinionated at times. 🙂

    1. Labs are so sweet and nowadays more and more guide dogs seem to be labs vs. German Shepherds. Roja is hilarious!! There’s nothing like an opinionated dog 😉

      1. German shepherds are okay, but I never quite feel relaxed around them. Labs and retrievers are the dogs for me, I think. 🙂

      2. I’m with you on German shepherds and it doesn’t help that I was bitten by one where the owner uttered those famous lines “he won’t bite.” The dog ruined my favorite jean dress.

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