Canadian Client Hopes Pandemic Will Shine Light On Access
As we continue to adjust to the new normal with COVID-19, being blind or visually impaired adds an extra hurdle for our graduates, like Beth. But like most things she has faced in life, the pandemic hasn't slowed this news reporter down.
Fred George and his wife, Marice, had a very special motivation to include Guide Dogs for the Blind in their estate plan. Their daughter, Maile, has had five guide dogs from GDB. “Leaving a provision in our trust to benefit Guide Dogs for the Blind seemed like such an easy thing to do when you consider how much the program has benefited Maile,” says Fred.
GDB Client and Paralympic Champ Stays Positive Despite Cancellation of Games
Overcoming challenges as an elite athlete with a disability takes a certain mindset and oodles of positive thinking. GDB alumna Letticia Martinez, who participated in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, clearly has what it takes. She came in 6th in the world in the 100-meter breaststroke and 8th in the 100-meter freestyle competitions. With the postponement of the 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games, Letticia hasn’t ruled out another chance to compete.
How Science is Revolutionizing the World of Dog Training
Professional dog trainers universally report that the less negativity more positivity they use in training, the more quickly their dogs learn. Susan Armstrong, vice president of client, training and veterinary operations for Guide Dogs for the Blind, says thanks to positive reinforcement training techniques, a new dog can now be ready to guide its owner in half the time it once took because they’re less stressed by the job. “These dogs love working. They love getting rewards for good behavior."
Meet GDB ‘Career Changed’ pup Kerith, who brings joy to first responders battling California wildfires. While she wasn’t meant to be a guide dog, this wonderful golden retriever makes sure stressed out firefighters get the love and appreciation they deserve.
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Congratulations to GDB Alumni Texas twins Faith and Caleb who graduated high school and are preparing for college as freshmen. The twins, who have been partially blind since birth, received their guide dogs in high school and are looking forward to navigating their respective college campuses with their guide dogs Prim and Grit by their sides.