Guiding Eyes for the Blindcelebrated its December 2018 graduating class of guide dog teams. Annette and Ginny, of Chattanooga, were among the graduates. Annette is the owner of a vending machine company in Chattanooga, and is an avid runner. She recently completed her first half-marathon and a sprint triathlon. She loves to be outdoors, whether it is hiking, kayaking or running. Annette has a 12-year-old son, and they are both looking forward to having a guide dog join in on their adventures. Each graduate received customized training and was paired with an exceptionally trained guide dog, provided to them at no cost by the non-profit organization. Once home, each team will enter an important stage in their work together, as they deepen their relationships, establish daily routines, and learn new routes and destinations. The relationship between each guide dog and handler is unique, and Guiding Eyes provides helpful guidelines for members of the community to welcome … [Read more...] about Chattanoogan Graduates From Guiding Eyes For The Blind Program
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I have a dog. When we discussed getting one, I promised my husband – a man only grudgingly accepting of my dog-ownership aspiration – that we’d get a medium-sized, low-shedding breed, as appropriate for our young daughter and pale carpets. What we actually did was rehome Ziggy, a giraffe-legged, 31kg "Labradoodle", who sheds great clouds of fur all year round. She may not, in fact, be a Labradoodle – the previous owner swears she is, but we’re not sure. Regardless, we adore her in all her over-exuberant, bearded glory, and we’ve been lucky in that she travels well in the car whether she’s in the boot with her bed, or harnessed into the rear seats. There are, of course, things to do to make your dog safer and more comfortable, so here are the golden rules. And if you want to give your opinions on what mish-mash of breeds you think my dog is, feel free to comment below. How to keep your dog properly restrained in the car This … [Read more...] about Driving with dogs: how to keep your pet safe and happy on the road
Move over, bog turtle. The honeybee, the eastern goldfinch the brook trout and, yes, the bog turtle, may soon be joined by man's best friend as New Jersey's official state symbols. State Sen. Anthony Bucco, R-Morris, wants to designate The Seeing Eye dog as New Jersey's state dog. The guide pup is the latest of designees, and no doubt they're cuddlier than Streptomyces griseus, which is on its way to becoming the official state microbe. Morristown-based The Seeing Eye breeds and trains german shepherds, labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and labrador/golden crosses and matches them with people with visual impairments. Cold-blooded and cute: Meet N.J.'s state reptile "We often take for granted seeing a stop sign or the edge of a train platform, but for those who are visually-impaired, something so simple can become a critical or even life-threatening obstacle," Bucco said in a statement. "Every day, Seeing Eye dogs are trained in Morris County to create safety, independence and … [Read more...] about Time for New Jersey to get an official state dog? Lawmaker wants this one to have its day.
William Westhoven Morristown Daily Record Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 The horse is New Jersey's official animal. The blueberry its official fruit and the common blue violet its official flower. New Jersey is very close to having official bacteria - streptomyces griseus. What it does not have is an official state dog. Thirteen states have an official state dog. Maryland was the first to adopt an official dog breed in 1964 with the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Pennsylvania followed the year after with a Great Dane. With the headquarters of the Seeing Eye based in his legislative district, and with the national service organization using downtown Morristown as a daily training course, Republican Sen. Anthony Bucco, thinks the choice is an easy one. Bucco, (R-25) is sponsoring a bill to designate the "Seeing Eye Dog" as the state dog of New Jersey, in honor of the nonprofit group that has trained and matched more than 17,000 visually-impaired … [Read more...] about Should the ‘Seeing Eye’ dog be New Jersey’s official state dog?
Many people leave the house day-to-day without a second thought. But for South Tyneside teenager Luke Johnson, uneven pavements, crossing the road and drop kerbs can be dangerous. The 18-year-old suffers from cerebral palsy after having a stroke before he was born, which has left him with weakness in his right arm and leg, mobility problems, epilepsy, learning disabilities and severe visual impairment. In a bid to live more independently, Luke, who uses a cane to help him get around, hopes to change his life by getting a guide dog. At the moment, he is on a waiting list at charity Guide Dogs, which is based at Benton in Newcastle. Luke, of Jarrow, said: “I can’t see from the right side of both eyes, so a guide dog will help me see where I’m going. “When I’m walking down the street I walk into things that are on the right side. “If kerbs are uneven I could fall over easily and hurt myself.” In the meantime, he is visiting the charity’s … [Read more...] about Teen who suffered stroke before birth hopes guide dog will change his life