Strange Questions & Comments

I get the strangest questions and comments when I go out and about, and I thought I’d share some with you.

One of the funniest stories happened soon after my coming home with Campbell. A friend and I were walking through the store, and we passed two older women along our way. One said to the other, “AWW! There’s one of them blind dogs” Before I could stop myself I turned and said, “No! Ma’am! The dog can see fine, it’s the human what’s got the problem.” The friend of the woman who had said that spoke up and asked her friend, “Now, don’t you feel stupid?” I simply bid them a great day and continued on my way.

Another time I was at a United Way event, with what I thought were White Collar educated people. One walked up to me and asked, “What kind of dog is he?” I told her he was a lab. She said, “No I mean what type of service dog is he?” I explained that he was from The Seeing Eye and what he did. I even gave her a brochure. Her next question, “Does he turn on the lights for you?” My answer, “Only if he needs them.”

Another time I was with my friend Phyllis, I had not gotten Campbell yet, and so had my cane. She had her then Seeing Eye Dog Emmy, and we were about 3/4THS the way drunk cause we’d been hanging out in Ruby Tuesday’s having a beer or two with lunch before going home. As we were asking someone to assist us outside the lady we were talking with asked, “Where are you parked?” Without missing a beat Phyllis said, “At the bus stop.”

One day I was walking back from a meeting with some coworkers, and someone stopped me in the hall. They asked, “Ma’am, can your dog read?” I piped up and said, “Why, of course, there’s just one tiny problem.” The person actually asked, “What?” I, without laughing or missing a beat said, “Well, I haven’t yet learned to understand a damn thing he says.”

There are lots more where those came from, and in the near future I hope to write and release an eBook telling many such funny tales as these. I know that most of the time people ask such questions and make such statements due to their simply not knowing, but a little common sense on a few of these would go a long way toward a cure.



About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: Visit: And: As well as:
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1 Response to Strange Questions & Comments

  1. wwannwrites says:

    I was talking to a friend of mine one who still owns a guide dog a while back, and we were talking about my fromer guide dog named Star. and I was saying something to the fact that people shouldn’t try to grab the harness and I said steering wheel instead. As far as the strange things people say, that doesn’t surprise me at all. LOL


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