René Carrasco has been a white cane user for five years. But with his active lifestyle, large family, and classes on a busy college campus, he wanted a guide dog for enhanced mobility and safety. Enter Snoopy, a yellow Lab who René immediately fell in love with. Now Snoopy not only leads René across a crowded Houston campus, he’s also become his children’s new best friend.
It’s all in the Prep: What Happens Before the Guide Work
At Guide Dogs for the Blind, many of our stories focus on the partnership between a client and their guide dog. But a lot has to happen before those pairings occur. GDB President and CEO Christine Benninger discusses the training behind these life-changing partnerships on the Shaping Opinion podcast.
Guiding the Way: Teen’s Guide Dog Helps Her Navigate High School
15-year-old Alaina Gott walks the halls of her high school with confidence and ease. That’s because her guide dog Sable provides her with a faster and safer way to navigate busy hallways than when she used a white cane. Alaina says she couldn’t imagine high school without Sable, noting that she turned to GDB for a dog that would fit her busy lifestyle but also be calm enough to hang out when she’s busy competing in after‑school sports.
Ronnie Bayduza and Greg Losito have been avid supporters of Guide Dogs for the Blind for more than a decade. Recently, they were motivated to create a legacy gift that would continue to benefit GDB’s programs long after they are gone. The two set up Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs) that Greg says are a “win-win” for GDB and for them.
Kick off the holiday season by joining us for a free, festive holiday party to celebrate our mission of creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs, and communities. You'll enjoy inspirational stories and of course, lots of puppies to celebrate the holiday season! Special thanks to GDB graduate JR Quevedo for creating this festive illustration for the event.
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Time: 4:30 pm PT preshow. 5:00 pm PT live broadcast
Register before November 15TH to be entered into a drawing to receive a GDB holiday gift!