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Written by Fran Severn   
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 15:16

 

I’m always impressed when I see guide dogs at work. When I lived in Bel Air, I had two friends who were both sight impaired. Their dogs were fantastic, both as essential factors in their ability to live independent lives and as great companions when they were ‘off duty.’

 

It takes a lot of time, effort, and money to train a guide dog. It starts in puppyhood when it’s placed with a family to spend its first year in a real-life environment. That’s something that can’t really be duplicated in a training center. Volunteers take them on outings. You’ve probably seen them in stores and on the street with their vests that advertise that the dogs are in training. At the end of the year, they leave their ‘family’ to start the serious training for their real mission in life.

 

Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Delaware is looking for volunteers to raise guide dog puppies. If accepted as volunteers, the family will get a four-footed, furry addition to their lives. The costs of training, support, classes, and vet care are covered by the association.

 

The pre-placement puppy class is January 11 in Milford. Two additional classes are January 18 & 25. There’s a screening process for all potential volunteers. Go to www.guidingeyes.org for more information.

 

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