“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 raiser whom you are about to meet, just sent her third dog from Guiding Eyes into training. A dedicated, veteran puppy raiser, Leah has experienced first hand the remarkable connection these animals have with their partners.
Oddly enough, Leah and I are also uniquely connected. You see, “Fate” just happens to be my “Franny’s” sister.
Is it a coincidence Leah’s remarkable story is profiled on Blind Motherhood? Nah, I would say, it’s most definitely fate. I hope you enjoy Leah’s story, in her own words.
College Days & Graduations:
I started raising for GEB in the fall of 2012 when I was a student at Ithaca College. There is a large club there and I happened across a puppy one day. After inquiring about them I had the opportunity to sit a few dogs, get certified and eventually received my first little lab, Ballad. I had an opportunity to travel down to a graduation soon after and I knew I had made a good decision. The graduates are so thankful for the puppies and I have loved raising these dogs. I raised two dogs while on campus and eventually became president of the club. I fell in love with GEB, raising puppies, and knowing that I could help someone feel the freedom a guide dog could give them.
Ballad, FATE, & Alisa:
I have raised 3 female yellow labs: Ballad, who is now my wonderful forever dog; Fate (Frances’ sister), a special needs guide dog in Maine for a wonderful man named Walter; and Alisa who recently left for training. Alisa is the spunkiest of the bunch. Each of these girls have taught me something new. I have learned patience, determination, how to love unconditionally and how to welcome more friends into my life than I ever thought possible. I love my GEB family more than anything.
A Call Of Thanks:
The moment I got my first phone call from Walter; it made every hard day and tear worth it. I knew I had done something good. Walter relied on my sweet Fate to get around safely and had fallen madly in love with her. Knowing my role as a puppy raiser was so impactful drove me to want to do this over and over again.
Looking Forward to The Next Chapter:
I am waiting for the day I hear that Alisa has graduated and I get to meet her future partner. I want her future partner to know that she loves butt scratches, snuggles, and gives the best kisses. I also want them to know that they are already a part of my family and I hope they love my spunky girl as much as I do. I wish the partnership nothing but success and happiness!
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