Friday, May 8, 2009

Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

So a unknown fact to all you blog readers of mine, is that my family raises seeing eye dogs for an amazing organization called Guiding Eyes for the Blind. We have been raising these furry guardian angels for about 5 years now, and it is one of the most rewarding things my family and I have ever done.

My mother's birthday is coming up, and her heart and soul is in this organization. She is hoping to raise some money for them, instead of wanting birthday gifts or cards, or any of that. She is the creator of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Causes page on facebook, and if you would like to make a tax deductible donation to this worthy cause please follow the link that is posted near the middle of this blog entry.
You can donate as little as $5.00 to help this worthy organization. My mother and I would appreciate any penny you would care to donate.

Just to give you some background on the whole Guide Dog Puppy Raising process: My family raises a puppy from eight weeks of age, exposing them to the world around them. We help train them and watch them mature into magnificent creatures. They leave our home after around eighteen months to harness train at the school, located in Yorktown Heights NY. Once trained, they are carefully matched with a visually impaired person. Attending a graduation is the most gratifying feeling I have
EVER experienced. I've seen firsthand the positive change this organization provides, and it truly is amazing. It costs approximately $45,000 to prepare our students and dogs to become a Guiding Eyes team with no cost being passed on to the graduate.

To learn more visit:
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
The FaceBook causes page for GEB

And if you would like to donate (I WOULD GREATLY, GREATLY APPRECIATE IT)
Click Here!

Just to enlighten you on the change it creates in a visually impaired person's life, the posted photo has some words from my 3rd puppy Island's person! The team was featured in the GEB annual golf tournament's invitation, and it makes me feel so amazing that I could play just a small part in changing a person's life. On a side note, if I have some time off while on the CP, I may just fly to Tuscon to see them in action! Very excited if that is at all possible! Just click on the image to see it full size so you can read it!

And here is the old girl in action! (ok, just kidding, she's only going to be 3 this year)

And here is My Grandpa Benny, my brother's girlfriend Christine, My Brother Stephen, Me, My Mom, and down in front is Pete and Island at their graduation. :)