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Guide Dog Frances One Of 21 Courageous Canines Competing in Hero Dog Awards

Guide Dog Frances One Of 21 Courageous Canines Competing in Hero Dog Awards

America’s animal lovers have spoken, and after more than half a million votes from across the country, Frances from Staten Island, New York is one of only 21 courageous canines to be advancing to the semifinal rounds of the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and Zoetis, and […]

Guide Dog Frances & 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Award

Guide Dog Frances & 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Award

Every dog has its day, and one four-legged local is hoping that day will come for them on September 29 at the eighth annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards® in Beverly Hills. Guide Dog Frances, my four-year-old Labrador Retriever from Staten Island, New York will be competing against 265 other courageous canines for the nation’s highest […]

Giving Tuesday for Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Giving Tuesday for Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Blind Motherhood has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring TODAY, November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. #GivingTuesday helps kick off the holiday giving season by inspiring people to improve their […]

“13” Tips for Keeping Your Guide Dog Safe This July 4th

“13” Tips for Keeping Your Guide Dog Safe This July 4th

Guide dogs receive specialized training before being matched with their human partners, exposing them to a variety of social situations and desensitization to loud noises. Even with this intense training, it is our responsibility as guide dog users to make good decisions before including our partners in any Independence Day activities. While picnics, fireworks and […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

“8” Ways Applying To Guide Dog School Is Like Applying To College

“8” Ways Applying To Guide Dog School Is Like Applying To College

Applying to Columbia University for my graduate degree was one of the most stressful experiences of my life. The application, gathering references and writing my essay took months to prepare. There was no one more shocked than I was when I finally received my acceptance letter months after submitting that massive packet of paperwork. Two […]