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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 […]

“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 […]

Grandfathers & Guide Dogs:  Adding “4” Paws to the Family

Grandfathers & Guide Dogs: Adding “4” Paws to the Family

Shortly after the initial shock of my vision loss began to subside, my husband and I discussed things we could do to potentially make my transition into blindness easier. My greatest fear during those early moments was becoming completely dependent on him for everything, from basic transportation to shopping. Since I was not born congenitally […]