Okay, you guys this video has been requested for way too long, literally years ~Molly’s cute intro music~ Full disclosure Gallop had surgery yesterday He’s totally fine. He’s all good. Thanks for all the love and good vibes you guys sent on social media for him, But he is still like feeling a little sleepy, a little low-energy. I came to a mall here in the LA area Because I want to show you guys like how he does escalators, how he does stairs, how he finds chairs How he navigates around objects. I want to show you all the different commands I use and how he Reacts to them. I don’t know. I just want to kind of do like a vlog style video super chill, low-key, show you How we work together as a partnership. Oh also, I did a video previously where I did all of the French commands and said what they mean in English So I’ll link that below so you can learn all about why my guide dog, yes, only knows French commands and what those commands mean. The first thing I wanna show you guys is how he puts his harness on because yes, he does it himself So I just pick it up Hold it like this to make sure that he can like get in the right direction. Which, blind girl problems™ Sometimes he gets in the wrong direction and that’s all my fault. We just have to redo it. But Gallop. Harness. Put your harness on. Boom! Look at him! Isn”t he a smart lil’ boy? Soooooo…. Now that it’s buckled under his belly This is a typical guide dog or service dog leash I just loop that under my pointer finger and grab the harness like this. So every ring I ever wear on this finger if you see It gets like totally bent. I don’t know if you guys can see that Can you tell?
(Mesa: Yeah, yeah) So every ring I for a long time I was like, “Why does every ring on this finger always get bent?” and then I was like “Oh cuz all day there’s like a slight pulling sensation on it.”
So that’s why. But yeah, this is how it works So now I’m going to say
Gallop! Gee (go right) So as you can see we just went from turning facing forward to turning right. Okay now I’m gonna tell them to
On y va! (Let’s Go) and… They both- they know both hand gestures and words you can use them in tandem or you can use them separately I usually do both so.. Gallop!
On y va. That means to walk forward! So I just told him to stop and what I’m gonna do now is I’m gonna tell him to find the escalator I know there’s one near me, but I don’t quite know where it is. So I’m gonna ask him to find it for me This is a task that not all service dogs train dogs to do. The Mira Foundation is one that does train them.
It is -I will say- the most dangerous task we perform So if your dog and you are not trained how to do this properly and safely Please do not bring your dog on escalators.
PSA. That’s all. I’m gonna ask Gallop to find the escalator. Début (Start) Mobile!
On y va.
Mobile! (escalator) Oh wow, we were literally right there, haha. Look at that! So now I put my hand on here. And I feel what direction it’s moving. So it’s going upwards which is, in fact, the direction I want to go, so I’m gonna get on it So what I’m going to do is he stopped at the edge.
I can feel that it’s the right direction, so now I’m gonna grab his harness strap right like that, and I’m gonna pick up his front paws and I’m gonna say
On y va. Bon Chien!
(Good Dog!) So now I just stand with my foot pushed up against the stair in front of me So I could feel when we’re getting to the top So I can pick his front paws up again, and he’ll jump off. On y va! There you go!
Safely tackled an elevator- escalator! Okay so, I’ve come into the Aerie store because I want to be able to show you Gallop, like, navigating me through obstacles. But there’s music everywhere and Aerie was so kind to like
turn the music down a little bit because they’re the sweetest people EVER and I love them. So thank you, team Aerie! Alright, let’s just kind of walk through the store. Okay Début, Gallop.
Bon Chien. I’m gonna ask him to Virage, turn around. Gallop, Virage. On y va. Oh, *giggle*
He found Grandma! I can ask him anytime like, “find grandma”
if I’m in a store and he’ll be like *trots* and find grandma.
We’re not hanging out with Grandma, we’re trying to film. Mom’s trying to shop. Gee. (Right) Bon Chien.
On y va.
*clicks tongue* On y va Oui (yes) So we stopped because I got to an obstacle and he’s like, “I don’t know where you want me to take you” Ooh! There you are! Hi- I’m sure you get the point now. That’s how he sees obstacles that I would walk right into and he just kind of like gets me through them and around them and it’s very helpful So, thanks, sir! On y va! On y va.
Bon Chien. Now I’m gonna ask him to find me a door. Gallop, Dehors! (outside) Dehors, Find a door! On y va,
Come on! (Random man: “Ooh, I’m sorry!”) Molly: That’s okay! Sorry, I’m so blind. I don’t know what’s happening,
Thank you! (Random man: “I felt so bad.”) Molly and Mesa: *laughing* It’s just like, what is going on, I cannot see Somebody needs to verbalize if they’re walking through the door or not Oh, sighties are so difficult to deal with sometimes! Now you guys just saw a real-life
blind girl awkward moment™
but that’s how I deal with them I literally just announce it. I’m like,
Sorry. I’m blind! Mesa: From now on, from now on all sighted people have to just walk around narrating every moment of their life Molly: Just in case they run into a blind person who doesn’t look blind!
Mesa: like, I am walking *devolves into giggles* Gallop, Au Pied! (at my side) Alright, On y va, chaise! (chair) On y va, find a chaise! That means chair in French!
Oh, great, now the music stops -.- *Classical music plays* *Music stops* Mesa: That one has a person in it, Molly, careful! *laughter* Molly: I’m blind, sorry about that! This is the whole video, “I’m BLIND.”
Mesa: I’m bllliiiiiinnnnndddd.
*laughter* Molly: See that’s the thing, Gallop can’t find which chair is empty, he’ll just find a chair. So he was like, “here it is!” “It’s the chair!” Thanks, babe!
That was a good effort! Now we’re gonna find an empty one,
huh? Did he find a chair? Mesa: He did! Molly: Look at you, that’s an empty chair
Good job, buddy! So we did find some stairs So I’m gonna ask him to “Escalier” – find the stairs
and then I’m going to ask him to Gee Ramp Which is find the railing for me. Escalier, hop up! On y va, hop up. Bon Chien, so he stops to let me know I’m at the top of stair, which means I can push my foot forward and I can feel the edge with my foot So I go like that and I can feel and then I say
Gee Rampe (Right Handrail) And he brings me to the railing and then On y va. On y va, it’s okay Gallop.
Bon Chien. And there we are. Aller (speed up)
Bon Chien (If I) Specifically ask Gallop for the stairs he’ll – and there’s a ramp option he’ll go up the ramp so there is a ramp right beside the stairs, but I’m gonna ask him specifically to take me to the stairs. Virage. Escalier. On y va, escalier So now he’s stopped and that’s how I know it’s upstairs versus downstairs
When it’s upstairs He puts his front paws on the stair and then I can step up beside him and if it’s downstairs He just stops and I push my foot forward. So now we’re gonna go On y va,
on y va. Gallop, it’s okay! *Blind girl grumbling* Okay, come on!
It’s okay! Actually a lot of people fat shame my dog, which is crazy because he’s like perfectly healthy weight It’s just because he’s Berenese Mountain dog. Those dogs can be like 160 pounds. Okay? but yeah now once I stopped here they started saying like ‘good boy, good boy’ and Even like the example of trying to find a chair,
Gallup would have found that first – like that chair that he found me second He would have found that first if that woman hadn’t like stopped and tried to pet him and distracted him and had blocked him Because that’s exactly where that chair was for him to take me to So that’s like the importance of not distracting service dog and not distracting the owner because we’re both focused. We’re both listening We’re both paying attention to each other’s body language, each other’s movements, um And so yeah, there you go a prime example.
Then also There’s like street crossings, he’ll find me street curbs, things like that, but I’m in a mall.
There’s no street crossings. So I might have to get that clip a different day and insert that Here! So clearly it’s a different day,
I’m gonna ask Gallop to hopup and find the curb Gallop, on y va
hop up! On y va, hop up! Gallop,
faites attention (pay attention)
hop up! So he took me to the slanted part of the sidewalk
and he stopped at the edge. And now I would listen to the flow of traffic and using my ears to determine when it’s safe to cross. It’s safe to cross, right mom?
Mom: It is! Molly: Kay, on y va, Gallop! If it was not safe to cross and I chose to cross and Gallop saw that it wasn’t safe he would activate obedient disobedience and he would not cross I’m gonna do a full in-depth video on how I know with my ears when it’s safe to cross. Gettin’ on the escalator again, be safe Mesa! Dedicated Mesa is filming backwards. Just kinda put my foot like this and wait for the edge. *Classical Music begins again* *Classical Music ends* Now we’re back to where we started the day So I will do a video another time on like, actually crossing the streets, like, how I cross the streets Hopefully I’ve already inserted a clip earlier of how he finds the curb But I’m going to do a whole separate video on how I know when to cross the street by listening with my ears Alright, I love you guys, thanks for being with me! Thanks for supporting me and to everyone that I met today here at the mall! You guys are awesome, thanks for being my bees! Bye!