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ISSUE 7 February 9TH, 2021

 

GDB Grad Eryn Stubblefield sits with her arm around her yellow Lab guide dog, Latke.

GDB Graduate and Illustrator Has Art in Her Heart

February is all about LOVE and FRIENDSHIP at Guide Dogs for the Blind! To celebrate, we’re shining the spotlight on GDB client and artist Eryn Stubblefield, who says she loves creating art with her guide dog Latke by her side. Eryn’s recent design, ‘Guide Dog Love,’ is featured on a t-shirt in our online Gift Store. This talented illustrator credits Latke with changing her life. Eryn’s four words to describe the guide dog lifestyle are “independence, spontaneity, fun, and love.” The best thing about a GDB guide dog she says is “living the life I want to live.”

READ THE STORY ABOUT ERYN AND HER GUIDE DOG LATKE

 

Dorianne sits on a garden bench next to her black Lab guide dog, Dime.

Social Distancing Poses Real Challenges for GDB Alumni

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, but those who are blind or visually impaired have been effected in ways that the sighted community may not realize. In an article for the Huffington Post, GDB Alumni Board member Dorianne Pollack gives a first-person account of her everyday challenges and calls on all of us to show more compassion and kindness to guide dog users. 

READ DORIANNE POLLACK’S HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE ON COVID-19’s IMPACT ON THE BLINDNESS COMMUNITY

 

Matthew Simmons and his guide dog Granby.

K9 Buddy and Camp Prepare Youth for Guide Dog

Part of GDB’s efforts to serve clients more broadly is focusing on serving more youth and serving them in new ways. Most recently we welcomed Bay Area teen Matthew Simmons to our California campus for training with his first guide dog, a Lab/Golden cross named Granby. Prior to being matched with Granby, Matthew had a K9 Buddy for the past seven years and had attended a youth camp in preparation for getting a guide dog.

WATCH THIS VIDEO OF MATTHEW EXPLAINING THE BENEFITS OF HAVING AN EARLY INTRODUCTION TO THE GUIDE DOG LIFESTYLE

 

GDB Puppy Raising Team member Sarah Blevins snuggles with a yellow Lab guide dog puppy on an airport tarmac with a small jet in the background.

Planes for Puppies Update

When GDB needed help transporting guide dog puppies to and from puppy clubs during the height of the pandemic, our network of supporters, volunteers, and private pilots came forward to help. Alaska Airlines, a long-time partner, also continued to help when many other airlines stopped transporting dogs in their cargo areas.

Please check out this KRON-TV news clip that highlights our Planes for Puppies initiative, and a recent puppy delivery from our California campus to their volunteer puppy raisers in New Mexico thanks to a generous volunteer pilot.

WATCH OUR PLANES FOR PUPPIES NEWS STORY ON KRON TV

 

A young man and his guide dog in a crosswalk at night. He is wearing a brightly colored jacket with reflective strips, and a blinking LED light is attached to the guide dog’s harness.

Donors Provide Safety Gear for Clients and Guide Dogs in Training

During the long nights and gray days of winter, a familiar concern for guide dog users regularly emerges - traffic and pedestrian safety.

Thanks to donors Nancy and Seth Mitchner and a grant from Advantis Credit Union, we are now able to supply our clients and their guide dogs with safety gear during training to make them more visible to drivers and travelers at night.

 
READ HOW OUR GUIDE DOG TEAMS IN TRAINING ARE TRAVELING MORE SAFELY AT NIGHT
 

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