Archive for the “Hanni” Category

Guest post: Hanni left big shoes to fill, and this guy can fill ’em

November 15, 201711 CommentsPosted in guest blog, guide dogs, Hanni, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized

We’ve posted before about Steven and Nancy, our friends who generously volunteered to adopt Hanni when she retired from her duties as my guide dog. Steven and Nancy and Hanni had a great several years together–Hanni lived to 17!  But when she died earlier this year, Hanni left a big void. Nancy has posted here before, […]

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Don’t miss Seeing Eye dog Whitney and me this Saturday at The Bookstore

May 31, 20172 CommentsPosted in book tour, careers/jobs for people who are blind, Hanni, memoir writing, Whitney

Whitney the Seeing Eye dog and I will be signing copies of my new book Writing Out Loud from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, June 3, 2017 at The Bookstore, 475 N. Main in Glen Ellyn, one of Chicago’s western suburbs. Reviews on of my new book about the colorful cast of […]

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A Tribute to Hanni, Seeing Eye Dog Extraordinaire

May 7, 201733 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, guide dogs, Hanni, memoir writing, Seeing Eye dogs

My last post shared both sad and happy news. My loveable retired Seeing Eye dog Hanni died Wednesday, and the book I’ve been working on for more than a decade had been released just the day before. It’s been an emotional week for sure, but in the end, so much good to think about. Hanni […]

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Writing Out Loud: now the print version is here, too!

May 5, 201721 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, Hanni, memoir writing, Seeing Eye dogs, Whitney

  For all you patient readers who prefer hard copy to e-books, your wait is over. The print version is here, available for order on, and soon to be at Sandmeyer’s and other fine booksellers. You Safe & Sound blog readers are going to recognize some of the characters in this new book of mine […]

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The right dog at the right time

April 21, 201711 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, Dora, guide dogs, Hanni, Harper, public speaking, Seeing Eye dogs, travel, visiting schools, Whitney

Just got back from Champaign, Illinois — I gave a presentation to an Animal Sciences class at the University of Illinois yesterday. I speak to this class once a semester, and this time I spent a fair amount of the hour going over some of the qualifications necessary to become a guide dog instructor. Most […]

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