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January 18, 2017 • Posted in blindness, guide dogs, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized by

Mike and I donate to the Seeing Eye (surprise, surprise!) and in return, this year the school sent us a video with staff and volunteers explaining how they work together to prepare puppies to grow up and guide people who, like me, are unable to see.

I write a lot here about my guide dogs, but not as much as I should about the human effort and energy poured into making them the heroic dogs they are. This video does a fantastic job of that in just four short minutes. Vet techs, trainers, a kennel associate, someone from the breeding station, a retiree who volunteers to walk dogs, a genetic specialist and a couple little girls from a family who volunteers to raise puppies all give short and sincere thanks for supporting their work. The video is not over-produced,and, best of all, each person starts their bit by introducing you to the dog at their feet.

The video made me appreciate all over again just how many people devote their lives to keeping me safe with my Seeing Eye dogs. Just listening to it left me teary-eyed. Take a look at the video yourself (use this link or click on the image above) — I can only imagine how blubbery those of you who can see will be once you lay eyes on the dogs as well.

nportemorton On January 18, 2017 at 5:04 am

Beth, Thank you for introducing me (and everyone who reads your blog) to Seeing Eye. Loved the video. There is a point in the video where a woman whose had 3 seeing eye dogs is speaking. Her third dog, a black lab cross, is beside her and as she raves about the dog, he lovingly and affectionately turns his head to rest it on her leg. I appreciated the gentleness in each and every animal and the love each person has for them as well. Beautiful.

bethfinke On January 18, 2017 at 7:43 am

Awwwww. Thanks for supplying the visual here –sweet! glad you liked the video, these dogs are remarkable in so many ways. Ditto the people who prepare them to guide us.


Sharon Kramer On January 18, 2017 at 8:36 am

Remarkable trainers and dogs. So glad they exist.

bethfinke On January 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

Me, too!


Leone Anderson On January 18, 2017 at 12:31 pm

So grateful for these people and for these incredible dogs -and to you for sharing their stories.

bethfinke On January 18, 2017 at 3:03 pm

Lee –it’s my pleasure!


Nancy Sayre On January 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Oh gosh, blubbery is right! What a great video.Thanks for giving us a window into this world.

bethfinke On January 18, 2017 at 3:15 pm

You’re welcome –thanks for looking in!


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