October 4, 2012
Having had a friend who was visually impaired, coupled with my love of dogs, becoming a Puppy Raiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. was a no brainer! Southeastern Guide Dogs are located in Manatee Co., Florida. SEGD is a not-for-profit organization and receives no federal or state funds. It provides dogs and training to blind individuals, at no cost to them. The school relies solely on donations, I am so proud of being a part of this fantastic organization! As a first time Puppy Raiser the guide dog that I raised, recently graduated. I had the opportunity to meet the gentleman that received him, he was overwhelmed with gratitude at the thought of regaining his independence, never being alone again, and knowing his guide would keep him safe. I came away from this special meeting knowing that I was part of a truly wonderful organization, and that together we made a difference in this man's life! Would I do it again you ask? .....In a heartbeat!
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