How an Astronaut Became an Avid Guide Dogs for the Blind Supporter
What do NASA, the “Pick of the Litter” documentary film about Guide Dogs for the Blind, and a puppy named Brooks all have in common? Listen to GDB’s CEO Christine Benninger being interviewed by retired astronaut Terry Virts on his “Down to Earth” podcast to learn all about these stellar connections!
When 18-year-old Elana Regan met her new guide dog, a yellow Lab named Lynna, “It was definitely love at first sight!” The teen came to GDB’s California campus to train with Lynna just weeks before Elana graduated from high school. The duo is headed to Brandeis University in the fall where Elana plans to study political science. Elana recently spoke to the MetroWest Daily News in Massachusetts about her new partnership with Lynna.
Meet GDB client Kevin Leong and his yellow Lab guide dog, Fender. We have had the honor of serving Kevin since he was 11 years old when he received a K9 Buddy dog from us. We’re so proud to watch him move on to the next chapter in his life with his first guide dog. Happy travels, Kevin and Fender!
After more than a year, GDB is thrilled our puppy trucks are back in gear and transporting puppies to and from volunteer raisers throughout ten western states. During our first puppy truck delivery in mid-June, Colorado resident Wendy Davis was thrilled to receive her new charge. “Seeing the puppy truck roll up was so exciting, especially after all the challenges due to COVID. It’s an indication of how our GDB community has persevered and come out the other side.”
The Difference Between Traveling with a Cane or a Canine
White canes and guide dogs are both valuable mobility aids; a cane touches objects and guide dogs avoid objects. GDB Community Outreach Specialist Jake Koch discusses some of the differences as a guest on the Eyes On Success podcast.
GDB Employee’s Passion Helps Facilitate Large Estate Gift
A big shout out to GDB employee Tami Shankle, who was instrumental in GDB receiving one of our largest donations ever. The gift was a bequest from a woman in Monterey, Calif. who passed away several years ago and left GDB 90 percent of her estate, thanks to an introduction by Tami to our organization and life-changing mission. GDB President and CEO Christine Benninger says the multimillion-dollar gift is an inspiring example of how everyone can have a huge impact on GDB.