guiding eyes for the blind

Volunteers at Guiding Eyes for the Blind make a pretty special concession when they sign up. They get a puppy to raise and help train, but then they have to give the dog to someone who needs it more. Kate Travers doesn’t measure her time with her new lab puppy Diana in years, she measures it in shelves. Every time she has to puppy-proof another shelf, she tacks on a year to Diana’s age. Diana just turned “three shelves tall” this summer, but Travers won’t have her for very many more shelves. As a volunteer for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a company that trains service dogs, Travers will raise Diana for about 18 months and then return her trained, socialized and ready to learn to be a guide dog. It is a massive undertaking, but if she’s diligent enough to train Diana sufficiently, she can continue to train puppiesContinue Reading