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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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?
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Maybe what all the hub-bub goes to prove is that one person’s service animal is merely another’s little sweetums, cuddly boo-boo dog. And stop drinking out of the toilet! Now!It was certainly a lovely, pulling-at-the-heartstrings moment when Eleanor Rigby, a cute-as-the-dickens golden retriever, unexpectedly gave birth to eight — count ‘em, eight — bouncing puppies of joy in the middle of the Airside F at Tampa International Airport a few days ago. Needless to say Mom and proud papa Golden Nugget missed their flight to Philadelphia. And all of us dog lovers went, altogether now, "Awwwwwwww!"Alas, since the birth of the pups, a bit of a controversy has erupted over what exactly constitutes a "service dog"? Eleanor Rigby and Golden Nugget’s owner Karen Van Atter insisted the two hounds were indeed service dogs, although she admitted to Tampa Bay Times reporter Christopher Spata that neither canine had come from a specialized breeding program for … [Read more...] about Daniel Ruth: When is a service dog not a service dog? It’s getting hard to say
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - If you walk down the halls of Gateway Community College, you may just meet two not-so-typical students.Professor Lauren Doninger doesn't reward her students with treats, those are for Kendra."She comes to class, I have a little mat and a bone. She comes into class and she stays put," Doninger explained."I've been a puppy raiser since 2015. Kendra is the third dog that I've raised. The dog I raised last year, she's a guide dog...She is part of Guiding Eyes for the Blind...Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs for people who are visually impaired at no cost to the person and the dogs give people their independence," Doninger continued.Her passion has inspired others."I got involved when I was a student here and was in Professor Doninger's class. I just had to be a part of it," said Alexandra Martin.Now a sitter for Guiding Eyes, Doninger and Martin share a special bond."She's starting my next dog," Doninger … [Read more...] about Guide dogs inspire students at Gateway Community College