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ISSUE 9 April 8TH, 2021

 

A GDB employee holding a yellow Lab puppy

Puppies, Puppies, Puppies: A One-Year Celebration!

It is hard to believe that more than a year has passed since the Puppy Center opened on our California campus. The Center opened just as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, so even though it has been closed to the public, it has remained open to our future canine heroes!

We are grateful to everyone who helped fund the Puppy Center and thank our staff for providing exceptional, loving care to our mamas and puppies. We look forward to the day when we can have visitors in the Learning Lab, the public area of the Puppy Center.

WATCH THIS VIDEO COMMEMORATING THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH OUR AMAZING MAMAS AND THEIR PUPPIES

 

Ella pets her K9 Buddy Lafferty.

K9 Buddy Enriches Child’s Life

10-year-old Ella says she feels “love, happiness, and safety” when she’s around her K9 Buddy, Lafferty. Her mother, Christy, says the bond between the two has been a joy to behold. Besides learning how to care for Lafferty, Christy says her daughter is much more outgoing since Lafferty entered her life. GDB’s K9 Buddy program that matches specially selected dogs to become pets for children who are blind or visually impaired is truly life-changing.

READ OUR BLOG STORY ON HOW ELLA’S K9 BUDDY HAS ENRICHED HER LIFE

 

Duke sitting next to his guide dog, Gryffindor.

Client’s New Guide Dog is a Perfect Match

Duke Castro says GDB’s client-guide dog matching process is “absolutely amazing.” But when he took his first walk with his guide dog Gryffindor, he admits he was a bit apprehensive. Duke had never had a guide dog and had relied on a white cane to avoid objects in his path.

Gryffindor took off like he was a horse in the races, ready to go,” Duke recalls. But after completing their training together, Duke says he feels confident to go anywhere with his new guide.

WATCH A VIDEO OF DUKE REFLECTING ON HIS TRAINING EXPERIENCE AT GDB

 

A photo of Donna and Marjorie

Chance Meeting Leads to Legacy Gift

Like many guide dog supporters, Donna and her mother Marjorie were drawn to Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) because of their love of dogs. After seeing a newspaper ad for GDB’s Holiday Luncheon, Donna was intrigued. “It looked like fun and we wanted to know more about an organization that involved dogs in their mission in such a unique way.” And that event marked the beginning of Donna and Marjorie’s long and fruitful relationship with Guide Dogs for the Blind.

READ MORE ABOUT DONNA AND HER MOTHER MAJORIE’S RELATIONSHIP WITH GDB

 

A guide dog sitting next to a guide dog puppy on a path.

Puparazzi Photo Contest is Underway!

Each year, thousands of dog lovers around the world participate in our annual Puparazzi Photo Contest. You can too!

We invite you to submit your photos, ask your friends and family to vote, and your photo could win a spot in the 2021-2022 Guide Dogs for the Blind calendar!

It is free to enter photos and votes cost $1 each (all votes are tax deductible). There are six categories for photo submissions: guide dog puppies, working guide dogs, K9 Buddies, GDB breeder dogs, GDB career change dogs, and pet pooches.

 
ENTER AND VOTE IN THE PUPARAZZI PHOTO CONTEST TODAY!

 

A guide dog wearing a superhero cape against a blue sky with the words “Canine Heroes Virtual Gala.”

Attend our Annual Canine Heroes Fundraising Gala

Join us for our Virtual Canine Heroes Gala, Sunday, June 6th at 5 pm PT.

Experience cute puppies, dashing dogs, and amazing client stories, all from the comfort of your home.

Register by May 1st to be entered into a drawing to win GDB merchandise!

RSVP FOR THE CANINE HEROES VIRTUAL GALA
 

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