Confessions of a Guide Dog relates how Musket, a very lovely and charming dog, has changed lives, made people all over the country happy and helped many disabled persons learn how a trained dog can increase their independence and personal respect.
Mark Carlson, who has been legally blind since 1998, worked as an Assistive Technology Specialist in a state-funded agency for seven years, providing advocacy and assistance to educate persons with disabilities about Assistance Animals. He has traveled extensively in his career as an aviation historian and writer. Carlson is a popular public speaker with an Advanced Communicator Silver Award from Toastmasters International and is a past president of Poway-Black Mountain Toastmasters. With Musket's help, he has been a docent and tour guide at the San Diego Air & Space Museum for five years. "Musket guides me and I guide the guests," Carlson says. Through their work at the museum, Musket has met several World War II veterans, Medal of Honor recipients' and astronauts, including four of the men who walked on the Moon. Musket has made friends with state legislators and movie celebrities, been featured in the Union-Tribune, San Diego Pets, Dog Fancy and other publications. He has two media videos on Youtube. Musket's Facebook Page is Musket Carlson PhDog. "He has a lot more friends than I do," Carlson laughs.
Musket's website contains photos, videos, articles and excerpts from the book at: www.musketmania.com
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The Author recounts how, like his father and brother, he gradually became legally blind because of retinitis pigmentosa. Describes the relationship that developed between him and his guide dog, Musket, and the work and home life they have shared since meeting in 2002.
Confessions of a Guide Dog tells the remarkable story of a man and his best friend in a way no book ever has. So sit back, relax and prepare to hear some very revealing confessions. You may never look at an Assistance animal the same way again.
Presenter: Mark Carlson