Archive for the “Seeing Eye dogs” Category

The right dog at the right time

April 21, 20178 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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Guest post: How to stay forever young

March 4, 201711 CommentsPosted in blindness, Blogroll, careers/jobs for people who are blind, guest blog, guide dogs, memoir writing, Seeing Eye dogs

I met today’s guest blogger Jeff Flodin when he and his Seeing Eye dog joined our downtown memoir writing class for a few sessions in 2009. Writing has been Jeff’s primary vocation ever since: He is working on a short story collection about vision loss, and a version of this guest post originally appeared on […]

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At last! News everyone can be happy about: retired Seeing Eye dog celebrates 17th birthday today

February 8, 201720 CommentsPosted in blindness, guide dogs, Hanni, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized

  Hanni’s still spry at 17! Bring out the party hats! Hanni turns 17 years old today. You read that right: seventeen. Loyal dog followers know that after Hanni retired from guide work, she went to live with our dear friends Nancy and Steven. They started celebrating the big day last Sunday with a visit […]

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Guess who’s 88 years old today?

January 29, 201712 CommentsPosted in blindness, Blogroll, careers/jobs for people who are blind, guide dogs, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized, Whitney, writing

Happy birthday, Seeing Eye! The oldest guide-dog school in America was incorporated this day in 1929 after co-founder Morris Frank returned from a pioneering guide dog program in Switzerland. He and his Seeing Eye dog Buddy are the pioneers of the guide dog movement in the United States, and I have him and everyone affiliated […]

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