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ISSUE 15 - February 10th, 2022

 
Host Theresa Stern and her guide dog Wills sit behind the mic.

New Podcast Explores All Things GDB

GDB’s new biweekly podcast “Central Bark,” already has tongues and tails wagging! The podcast shares the stories and conversations that bring our mission to life. Host Theresa Stern kicked off the first episode with GDB President and CEO Christine Benninger talking about GDB's 80TH anniversary and more.

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Christine and Rob with their guide dogs

February is LOVE and Friendship Month!

For GDB clients Rob and Christine Moreno, the guide dog lifestyle means more to them than increased mobility, independence, and inclusion. It also led to their “happily ever after” love story! We visited their home in Tucson a few years ago to capture their happy life on video. While Rob and Christine now have new guide dogs, their love for the guide dog lifestyle and each other remains constant.

 
WATCH THE MORENO’S VIDEO
Becky Andrews walks on a waterfront path with her yellow Lab guide dog.

Hanging Up the Harness

Retiring a guide dog is never an easy decision, and there’s no one way to go about it. Sometimes the retirement can be deliberate and methodical; other times, it can be sudden and unexpected. In any case, retiring a dog that has been a constant companion and guide is incredibly personal, and a decision filled with emotion.

 
READ GDB ALUMNA BECKY ANDREWS’ JOURNEY
A yellow Lab guide dog and a yellow Lab guide dog puppy sit in the snow.

Cold Weather Tips for Dogs

Brrr…the cold weather is upon us! GDB Medical Director Dr. Kate Kuzminski says while every dog is different, temperatures below 32F can be problematic for dogs. While we know that age, breed, fitness level, and concurrent medical conditions all influence how a dog can handle cold temperatures, if it’s too cold for you, it’s likely too cold for your dog!

LEARN WHAT THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND THIS WINTER
Ky Wiese sits on a platform flanked by four guide dogs.

Meet GDB’s Newest Qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Ky Wiese says her job as a guide dog mobility instructor is a “serendipitous collision of everything I wanted in a career path.”

Becoming a qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor requires a unique set of skills. Instructors must not only be highly accomplished at training guide dogs,

but also possess exceptional people skills to teach clients who are blind or visually impaired how to partner with a guide dog. Ky’s passion and skills in both these areas made her a perfect fit for GDB’s 3-year apprentice program, which she completed last November.

READ MORE ABOUT KY WIESE

 
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