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Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Leah’s FATE

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Leah’s FATE

“FATE” is best defined as the development of events beyond a person’s control, inevitable predetermination, or something destined to occur. When you speak with puppy raisers who have volunteered with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, many of them will say they believe “fate” played an integral role in directing their lives towards this amazing organization. Leah, the puppy […]

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Haven & Nera

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Haven & Nera

Puppy raisers are the unsung heroes of the guide dog world. Their immense sacrifice and dedication towards training allows people, like myself, to live more independent lifestyles. While every puppy raising family is undoubtedly special, I was personally touched by the profile you are about to read. Check out 14 year old Guiding Eyes for the […]

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Ito & the Cross Family

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Ito & the Cross Family

Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, New York, matched me with my first guide dog, Frances, in October of 2016.  Since our training, “Franny” and I have traveled together more than I have ever dreamed possible.  She is my best friend, my companion, my partner, and as my daughter, Nuala, says, “Franny is […]

To My Guide Dog’s Puppy Raisers: Thank You

To My Guide Dog’s Puppy Raisers: Thank You

I thought the sudden snow storm that Saturday morning was nature’s way of telling me I did not have to go tour pre-schools for my almost 4-year-old daughter. My husband, on the other hand, was hell-bent on not letting a little snow get in our way. We had arranged for baby-sitting with my in-laws and headed out […]

A New Home For Yannie: Baby Ella & My Guide Dog

A New Home For Yannie: Baby Ella & My Guide Dog

My daughter Ella is 16 months old; where did that time go? It feels like yesterday I was holding her in my arms for the first time. She is very mobile now and practically into everything! She doesn’t like the word “no” when she opens drawers and pulls out her clothes. Ella loves to chase […]

“8” Most Hazardous Kinds Of People You’ll Encounter With A Guide Dog

“8” Most Hazardous Kinds Of People You’ll Encounter With A Guide Dog

Frances and I were en route to my local hospital for a doctor’s appointment.  It was a cold, December night and we had taken a cab to our destination. Once arrived, Franny lead me towards the front door of the building. She stopped midway, indicating something was in our path. I extended my hand to […]

BarkBox For Frances: How To Thank Your Guide Dog

BarkBox For Frances: How To Thank Your Guide Dog

It’s hard to believe, but Frances & I are celebrating our 1-month anniversary! That’s 30 days of partnership as blind mommy & guide dog. We’ve done a lot this month, including attending an education conference for work, several doctor’s appointments, and a few well- deserved trips to the mall. Frances is one amazing yellow Labrador! […]

Celebrating White Cane Day – October 15th A Call To Educate

Celebrating White Cane Day – October 15th A Call To Educate

I’ll never forget that feeling almost 5 years ago. I had been assigned an Orientation & Mobility (O&M) instructor from what was then called the Jewish Guild for the Blind. My instructor, Carol, arrived at my home for my initial consultation. I had been blind less than three weeks. We sat in my kitchen talking […]

To Frances, My Guide Dog, On The Day of Your Arrival

To Frances, My Guide Dog, On The Day of Your Arrival

Dear Frances: It feels like this family has been waiting for you forever. Four and a half years is a long time for a blind woman to wait for her first guide dog. I’ll admit, giving birth to two beautiful baby girls, running a household, and managing this blog has kept me fairly occupied. However, the […]

Blind Motherhood Answers: Guide Dog Applications FAQ’s

Blind Motherhood Answers: Guide Dog Applications FAQ’s

Since being matched with my guide dog, Frances, in September I have received countless emails asking me questions relating to my overall experience. While I’ve posted an extensive video diary on YouTube chronicling my Home Training with Guiding Eyes for the Blind; I thought it would be helpful to provide a blog answering some of […]

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