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Leader Dog Update – Issue 3 – 2009 Message from the President – Greg Grabowski Leader Dog Youth What They Can Teach Us It‟s an old saying among actors, “Never work with kids or animals.” Needless to say, we don‟t have many actors hanging around Leader Dog. This issue of Update is filled with kids. Young people who are challenging themselves to become better people, to have new experiences, to help themselves or help others. Some are working to accept and conquer their sight limitations by learning how to use new technology and work together as a team. Many are raising money to support people they have never met, people who live in other states and foreign countries. Others are raising puppies to be future Leader Dogs knowing that one day they will have to part with their canine friend just when that dog has wriggled its way into their heart. These kids are energetic, sometimes loud, but always motivated by what comes next. What new skills can they learn, what new people can they meet, and what can they do to help more? These kids are teachers. They show us to look beyond today to what we can do to make tomorrow better, to have a brighter future – whether for ourselves or for someone else. They are all to be commended. They are setting and accomplishing goals that would challenge many adults. And they‟re doing it with huge smiles on their faces. Kids, thanks for the life lesson. Alumni Spotlight Alumni Spotlight A Bob Of All Trades By: Jaret Bozigian – Guest Writer Robert Campbell is not only a college professor and the Blinded Veterans Association‟s Missouri chapter president - he is also a friend; a friend to his Leader Dog “Caesar.” Robert has been an adjunct professor at Baker University, a small university in Kansas, since 1991. During this period he has fought, and won, a battle with leukemia and lost his sight. Through it all, he kept teaching. His Leader Dog “Caesar” is instrumental in helping him navigate campus. “Caesar helps me negotiate difficult areas that have steps and sidewalks on hills,” says Robert with a voice filled with pride. “The students love Caesar. I take him out of harness in the classroom during break time because the students simply cannot resist reaching down and petting him.” Though Caesar does a good job finding the classroom, Robert needed to learn to trust him as a guide. One time Robert thought Caesar was trying to pass the door to his classroom and redirected Caesar into the room he thought was the right one. But Robert was wrong and found himself in the middle of another teacher‟s lecture. From then on, he has always trusted Caesar‟s instinct. “As I walked down the hall to the right room, I thought I could hear Caesar laughing,” Robert laughed. “I am sure he was smiling.” Robert is also heavily involved in the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA). He moved from secretary to treasurer then president for the Missouri Regional Chapter. He is also on the BVA National Board of Directors. Through his BVA involvement, Robert has attended sessions with the joint house and senate veteran‟s affairs committees and participated in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington cemetery. With all that he has given the BVA, they have given right back to him. Robert credits his BVA involvement with learning about and ending up at Leader Dog. Leader Dog, in turn, gave him Caesar. Caesar is a golden retriever/labrador mix who bears a striking resemblance to Marley from the movie “Marley and Me.” Robert found out about the resemblance when he went to see the movie. “All the kids in the theatre were saying „Look Mom, there‟s Marley!‟” Robert said. “Caesar really is wonderful. And I was a guy who was totally in love with my white cane, I used to call it my one-legged dog,” Robert said. “But a four-legged dog is definitely better than a one- legged dog.” Alumni Letters Dear Leader Dog, I wanted to let you know that the most amazing and wonderful friend I have ever had or known has passed away. You gave me a gift whose name was Sparkle. My instructor, Sue, introduced us and my life was forever changed. Because of Sparkle I finished college ahead of schedule and began a family. I wanted you to know that she not only watched over me, she watched over my precious children as well. Her love and loyalty cannot be described with words. We spent almost eleven years together, and for that I thank all of you. She went peacefully, in my arms and looking into my eyes. She was my eyes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving Sparkle to me. We are all the better because she touched our lives. I believe that she is an extra special angel, as are all of the beloved dogs who changed someone‟s life for the better. Thank you, Kellie Givens Dear Leader Dog, My Dad, Billy Hendrix, has had two great Leader Dogs, Mason and Walnut. Walnut died yesterday with my dad by his side. Walnut was a great joy not only for my dad but also the family. Walnut was a very gentle, kind, loving Leader Dog. He took on the personality of a human instead of a dog. He loved my dad as my dad loved him. He was a great joy for all of us. Walnut was a son, a brother, an uncle and a Very Best Friend. I would personally like to thank everyone who has played a part in raising, feeding, supporting, and training a Leader Dog. I Thank You! Sincerely, Teresa Hunt Daughter of Billy Hendrix, Sister of Walnut Old Piece of Leather I have an old piece of leather that‟s long and brown and smooth, with metal clips and a ring that form a leash so strong and true. One side has a brand that boldly says LEADER DOG with pride. On the edge are nip marks, he put there on our very first day, as if to say this leash now is mine. I have an old piece of leather that‟s soft and warm and strong, it carries all the memories of miles we walked along. Curbs and doorways that were found and hazards avoided, streets safely crossed and airports we smartly traversed. Most of all I will remember the joy that comes from independent mobility. I have an old piece of leather that means the world to me, because it was Jack‟s, my first LEADER DOG, who surrendered his eyes, his intelligence, his love and loyalty. Dedicated to his calling, eager to be going and steadfast to the end, he gave me his skills, his focus and his eagerness to please. These are the memories that will always remain with me. I have an old piece of leather that I will always keep, for when I hold it I feel him there, so warm and so strong. Forever linked through a bond, that only he and I will share. Carroll Jackson, in memory of Leader Dog “Jack” January 31, 1996 – June 1, 2009 Dear Leader Dog, In a cold month of January - that was when my life changed. In the class of Leader Dogs for the Blind many expectations were met, accompanied by a fantastic group of students, lots of snow and a great team of instructors. She appeared, a yellow labrador named Ronja. A great challenge began a great change in my life. Not only with more security by walking through the streets of my city, Belo Horizonte, but by what it means to be next to wonderful company. From Brazil, I want to thank all of you for the opportunity to share one month together in Rochester and now, to be sharing my life with Ronja. Juan P. Culasso Summer Youth Programs Gaining Skills and Making Friends Summer is a time for fun, excitement, learning new things and making new friends. This is the basis for Leader Dog‟s summer youth programs for teenagers ages 16-19 years. This summer we ran two new programs – one highlighting life with a Leader Dog, and one with more traditional camp experiences. Both camps have one very important component in common; they teach the kids how to use a Trekker GPS system. Not only do they learn how to use the handheld GPS device, they receive a free unit to take home with them! These camps are gaining popularity, and with good reason - Trekker Camp Goes to the Dogs By: Jaret Bozigian – Guest Writer If the founders of Leader Dogs for the Blind were here today, Koby Cox would have something to say to them. “I would tell them that they created the neatest dog guide school there could ever be.” This is high praise from a 16 year old. In today‟s world of electronic gadgetry, the Trekker GPS, which normally takes an adult about a week to learn, gets mastered by teenagers much sooner. After just two days of using the Trekker, the kids were out and about using it to its full potential - sometimes teaching the instructors a thing or two about the system. The speed at which the kids learn the GPS system allow the campers to do a variety of other activities during the week including biking, kayaking, and learning about life with a Leader Dog. The kids met all these challenges with positive attitudes and enough laughter to make this experience an all around success. “I think that my experience here has been the most freeing and liberating,” said Justin Louchart, 16. “Everyone here works because they are passionate about it and they teach in a practical manner and know what they are doing.” This course was taught with a charisma that was memorable. “Even the studying was turned into a social gathering and its fun,” Justin said. “Far better than other establishments.” Katie Kelel, 17, attended Trekker Camp last year and returned this year to be a counselor. “I really liked that the suggestions we made last year were taken into account this year,” said Katie. “We actually got to hang out with the dogs for a day and that is something that we didn‟t get to do last year, and I really think that was my favorite part.” Not only did this opportunity provide Katie with a Trekker and teach her how to use it, but it opened up new doors as well….kennel doors. “I want to come back to get a dog,” Katie said. “I am going to wait until I really need one, maybe when I go to college.” Katie is hoping to attend Michigan State University next year. Koby Cox also wants to come back for a Leader Dog. “The most important thing I took from this is to come back and get a dog.” Trekspedition at Bear Lake Camp By: Shannon Moore – Guest Writer In July, eight kids came to Lions Bear Lake Camp from across America and Canada for the opportunity to meet other kids li ke themselves, learn how to use a Trekker GPS, and face new challenges on a daily basis. The last full day at camp proved a memorable one for the campers as they, as a group, tackled the “Challenge Course.” Since one of the course goals is for everyone to work together, the campers started with some warm-up games to practice working as a team. One of the games involved the campers standing shoulder to shoulder and holding a foam ball or beanie baby between them. The challenge was to move the line forward, right, left and back without dropping a ball or beanie. This was not easy, especially when everyone was shaking with laughter, but the campers used good communication to make it work. A short hike through the woods brought the group to their first real challenge – a rope swing. The activity required the kids, one by one, to swing from one low platform to another, but there was a twist; the kids had to stay on the second platform until everyone had swung. “Getting everyone on the platform was the hardest thing, it was outrageous,” said Raven Tolliver, 16. “But the challenge was like the rest of camp – fun, entertaining, and a bit laid back.” For some of the campers, the challenge course was not the hardest thing they had to do at camp. Rochelle Schmitt, 17, was challenged by having to learn all the buttons on the Trekker, there are 39, but found it worthwhile. “The Trekker will be very helpful in independent travel and living,” said Rochelle. “Definitely come to camp because it pays off. You get a Trekker, make a ton of memories and make new friends.” Rochelle described her experience at camp as absolutely fabulous! This opinion was seconded by Aarius White, 18. “I had a lot of fun and I get to use some new technology.” The Bear Lake campers overcame fears and faced challenges throughout the week. Maybe most importantly, they made memories that will stay with them forever and friends to last a lifetime. Department Feature Taking GPS to the Oregon Trail By: Meredith Newhouse This past June, Sarah Johnson and I were invited to participate in a trip down the Oregon Trail in Wyoming. As Orientation and Mobility instructors for Leader Dog, our goal was to find out if a Trekker Breeze GPS could be programmed to allow a person who is visually impaired to follow a recreational trail on their own. We joined a group of nine kids and one counselor from Discovery Trails, an organization that runs adventure experiences for the visually impaired. The group was reenacting the Donner Party experience by living the pioneer lifestyle, eating wild game and listening to historical stories from local guides. After meeting up with the group, we said our “Howdy-do‟s,” and headed west to the base camp. We were immediately thrown into the pioneer life – putting up tents, fighting off red ants, eating a dinner of moose stew and cabbage – fun stuff. The next day, after lots of coffee, we headed out to go rock climbing. It was a once in a lifetime adventure to be visually impaired and to go rock climbing, the kids truly felt like pioneers (so did I). Next, we hiked the Continental Divide where we emptied our canteen and watched half our water run to the Pacific Ocean and half to the Atlantic. Finally, it was time to return to the 21st Century and make our own history by using the Breeze GPS system to blaze the unknown environment. Sarah and I got out the Breeze units and showed the group how to use them. The kids picked up the technology quickly and were soon out-hiking us. The counselors were amazed at the independence the kids displayed and how well they used the GPS in the rough environment. At this point the trail was a fairly defined path with slight bends in the road and sage brush that went on for miles. The kids were adapting so easily to the GPS that they needed to be reminded to use their canes to guide them along the path. Neither mud puddles nor the soggy shoes that they caused stopped the kids from exploring the trail as far as we would let them. Donor Profile Lon and Barbara Grossman Donors for Over 30 Years Lon‟s story: My father was blind. In those days, blind people had many stumbling blocks. My family was poor and my dad needed help, Leader Dog was very gracious and extremely kind to my dad. They gave him a dog and asked for nothing in return. They not only trained him to use the dog, they also gave him a life of independence. Dad‟s Leader Dog was a wonderful white shepherd named Peanut. Sure, she gave my dad independence, confidence, and a pair of eyes, but more importantly, Peanut was the soul of our family - I mean the real soul of the Grossman family. I still have Peanut‟s dog tags on my key ring and a picture of her in my wallet. When Peanut died, Barbara and I felt as if we lost a child. The experience my family had with Leader Dog happens all the time with a recipient‟s family. I have heard repeatedly how someone‟s dog made a difference in all the family members‟ lives, not just the person who is blind. The most precious gift that Barbara and I have ever received was a thank you note from a student, Starla Bidwell. The note was written in her own handwriting, on a piece of paper torn from a notebook. Starla spent her time at Leader Dog in the room that Barbara and I sponsored. In her note she thanked us for her room and explained how Leader Dog has improved her life. That precious note is framed and hanging in my house. Nothing that I have means more to me than that note from Starla. Barbara and I started giving to Leader Dog when we were just starting out as a married couple. Although we didn‟t have much money and could not give very often, we did what we could. But I can tell you, the saying is true, “The more I give, the more I‟m blessed.” We get an incredible amount of emotional satisfaction out of giving to Leader Dog. We believe it is the responsibility of all people to help those in need. We want to make sure other visually impaired, blind or deaf- blind people receive the guidance, independence and blessings that my father received from Leader Dog. Barbara and I encourage everyone to tell their family and friends about Leader Dogs for the Blind and to donate. People do not have to give a lot, but everyone needs to give. By doing so, you offer a better life for people who are blind and make the world a better place. Mission Moment “Zoe has fit in great in all aspects of my life. It‟s funny how she‟s kind of slid in and made a niche for herself in the hearts and lives of my friends and family. She loves going to church and loves it when we volunteer there on Thursdays. As soon as we enter the parking lot, she wags her tail and gets all excited. She seems to anticipate my needs. For instance, when I take her to relieve herself at certain times of the day I use my cane and walk her a block or so up the sidewalk and back. If someone or something is coming toward us, she‟ll turn her face toward me and put her nose in the palm of my hand that is holding the leash. It‟s so wonderful because I don‟t see that stuff and she gives me a “heads up” that is so great. Everyone seems to love her and she everyone. We‟ve made a few dog friends too and she loves to play with them. She‟s even gone on a couple of play dates.” Julie Stevenson Ontario, Canada Corporate Donor Profile Carhartt, Inc. Helping to Ensure the Safety of Leader Dog Instructors It was a cloudy spring afternoon in Rochester when Leader Dog Instructor Melissa was out working with a student/dog team. She heard the speeding car before she even saw it. In a split second Melissa made a decision that may have saved her student‟s life, even though she put her own in danger. She jumped between the student and the car, pushing the student to safety and getting hit by the car herself. The student and dog were not injured and Melissa was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and required time to recuperate. Unfortunately, incidents such as this happen to instructors who spend their days outdoors helping students learn to work with their dog guides. Just about every trainer has at least one „close-call‟ story. Upon hearing Melissa‟s story, a generous donor came forward to donate bright reflective vests for trainers to wear while working in the field with students. Carhartt, Inc. did not hesitate when asked for help. “Our family has supported Leader Dog in the past and when we heard about their need for high-visibility outerwear for their trainers, it just seemed like a great chance to help,” said Carhartt, Inc. President Mark Valade. Since Leader Dog trainers have been wearing the vests, there have been no incidents such as Melissa‟s and everyone feels a bit safer. “In my 27 years at Leader Dog, I‟ve had plenty of close calls with cars,” said Keith McGregor, deaf-blind program instructor. “The vests from Carhartt are awesome. They are comfortable and they allow drivers to see us from a much further distance. I feel much safer wearing my vest.” Lead in the Holidays Supporting Leader Dogs for the Blind Please join us… for the 18th annual Lead in the Holidays fundraiser for an evening that artfully combines holiday charity and holiday cheer. This year the event is being moved to a new day – Saturday, November 21st. The event will feature wonderful silent and live auction items, an impressive selection of hors d‟oeuvres from some of Metro Detroit‟s best restaurants. Live auction items include: Snowmass, Colorado vacation; Scottsdale, Arizona Golf Outing Saturday, November 21, 2009 New day this year! Royal Park Hotel, Rochester For more information visitleaderdog.org/leadin Planned Giving Have You Forgotten Something? Ways to Plan for Your Future We have so many things to remember in any given day, we sometimes forget one of the most important things: planning for our future. Did you know that a majority of people pass away without a will or an estate plan? As uncomfortable as it is, we must think about what will happen to our assets when we are gone. A great first step is thinking about how you want to distribute your assets, how you would like to take care of your children, grandchildren, other loved ones, and Leader Dogs for the Blind. The following are just two of the several ways you can take action on those thoughts. - Complete your will or trust bequest today. The internet has sites that provide ready made forms for a will and other estate planning tools. If you‟d rather work with a person, attorneys that specialize in estate planning are readily available in most areas. - Designate your life insurance policy with more than one beneficiary. You can also purchase an additional policy and leave the assets to a specific beneficiary. This can be an inexpensive way to make a substantial bequest. If you have any questions regarding wills or estate planning, please contact Roberta Trzos, CFRE, director of personal giving, at 248.659.5014 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lights,Cameras, Action Puppy and Breeding Stock Day 2009 Even several hours of early morning rain couldn‟t dampen the spirits of the 400+ attendees at our 22nd Annual Puppy and Breeding Stock Day. This year‟s theme of “Lights, Cameras, Action” brought out the „actor within‟ as both people and dogs got glamorous for their walk down the red carpet or dressed as their favorite Hollywood character. Attendees enjoyed getting training tips from Leader Dog staff, listening to LDB graduate Kevin O‟Callaghan speak about his experiences with his Leader Dog “Flynn,” and sharing their favorite dog stories with each other. Thousands of pictures were snapped and hundreds of happy, tired dogs were taken home (some in the arms of their raisers) by the end of the day. We‟d like to thank our corporate sponsors, Purina and Coastal Pet Products, for their support of the event. Philanthropy Thank you Note… To the Editor of Update: This is to say “Thank you” for including us on the distribution list of your fine publication, Update. It is read from cover to cover, and much information is gained; even though, as a former Rochester Hills resident, we are very familiar with Leader Dog. One of your Alumni Letters struck a note with us. This was about the actions of Ozzie in saving his owner, David Cline. (Update Issue 2-2009) The picture indicated that Ozzie was a German Shepherd. Years ago, we were fortunate enough to become owners of a retired Leader Dog, Luthor, also a German Shepherd. Luthor was special to us, who have been blessed with sight. We noticed that Luthor tensed up and almost exhibited animosity when he saw or heard a delivery truck. We subsequently learned that, as a Leader Dog, Luthor had an experience almost like David Cline‟s, but with a delivery truck which ignored the pedestrian and roared around a corner without stopping. Luthor is gone now, but not forgotten. We purchased a Leader Dog brick in Luthor‟s honor which we were able to visit last November. Wishing your entire organization continued success in your mission. Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Aust, Sr. Bradenton, Florida Wisconsin’s Mellen School They Want to Make a Difference The kids at Mellen Elementary School found a great thing five years ago – Leader Dog‟s Kids N‟ Coins program. They enjoyed the program so much that yearly participation has become sort of a tradition. “All the classrooms pick a team name then we set out buckets so the kids can see how many coins they have collected,” said Ruth Gilgen, Mellen‟s title one and reading specialist. “The team that donates the most money gets an ice cream party sponsored by our local Lions Club. I think our best year was around 700 dollars, which isn‟t bad for a school our size.” Ruth‟s favorite part about the program is the awareness it brings to the kids. “Just reaching out and doing something, the community service aspect of it. And even though Leader Dog is pretty far away from us, it‟s really world-wide and I like the kids to know they can make a difference in the world and not just in our little niche in Wisconsin.” The kid‟s favorite part about the program is the dogs, though they always enjoy watching the DVD about Leader Dog. “The video just brings a tear to my eye every time I watch it - and I have been watching it for years.” The kids get so involved in this program that sometimes, unbeknownst to their parents, they try to donate a larger sum…say a hundred dollar bill. When one girl brought in a hundred dollars, Ruth called the parents to let them know. They replaced the donation with one that was more affordable for them. “It really touches me how much the kids want to help and it‟s not just the competition, they really want to help these people and the dogs,” Ruth said. “They want to make a difference.” If you‟d like to bring Kids N‟ Coins to your community, visit the Leader Dog website at leaderdog.org/kidsncoins. Philanthropy Kids Being Kids Wadena-Deer Creek-Bluffton Leo Club The Wadena-Deer Creek-Bluffton Leo‟s Club of Minnesota was honored this year by Lions District 5M-9 with a Founder‟s Tribute award. The award honored their $800 donation to Leader Dog. The plaque read “Young People Making a Big Difference.” “The kids were a little bit amazed that we would honor them for something they feel is part of their mission to help make the world a better place,” said Dick Kimball, District 5M-9 Leader Dog co- chair. One way the kids raised funds was by providing services to local Lions Clubs for various functions. “So often young people in general take a bad rap for the few that make headlines for their outlandish behavior,” said Kimball. “This group of young people, under the guidance of a great advisor and strong support from local Lions Clubs, has made themselves into an involved, dedicated and community-minded organization. The key, I believe, is to let kids be kids [have fun] while doing things that make their communities better.” Leader Dog thanks the Wadena-Deer Creek-Bluffton Leos and the local Lions Clubs that support them. The Leader Dogs Classic 23 Years and Growing Strong in Arizona The Leader Dogs Classic in Arizona is a two-day event that is planned, organized and staged by an organization of 100% local community volunteers. The objective each year is to raise money for Leader Dog. The tradition continued this year as the 23rd Annual Classic was held at the private Ancala Country Club in North Scottsdale, AZ. The Classic has grown substantially over the years with this year‟s event hosting over 117 golfers with 100 volunteers and supporters participating in the tournament. The gross contributions exceeded $75,000! This year Puppy Raiser Gary Frick and Future Leader Dog “Buddy” attend the event. Buddy endeared himself to all the event participants and „stole the show‟ everywhere he went. He even posed for pictures with each of the foursomes! Leader Dogs for the Blind would like to thank everyone that volunteered, sponsored and participated in the Classic! | 2009 - 15 Recent Graduating Classes Class 09-11 Team Leader/Instructor Dave Heins Interpreter Evelyn Brindle Joaquin Gil Arpal and “Logan” Shepherd (Puppy Raiser: Suzie & Roy Ferguson) Jorge Duran and “Dodger” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Leroy Seiler) Alan Escola Font and “Uri” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Eric Miller) Diego Tena and “Ivory” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Vera & Mike O‟Bryan) John Fagot and “Izzy” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Karen & David Kortebein) Christopher Milbern and “Austin” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Price Family) Deaf-Blind Instructor Ellie Carlson Julia Stetson and “Cortina” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Ginger & Glenn Rossow) Kathleen Spear and “Jessie” Lab/Golden Cross (Puppy Raiser: Diane Lake) Kathy Martinez and “Kimberly” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Wayne Quillen & Chad Wadsley) Jerry Sanders and “Kyla” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Wendy Wright) Apprentice Instructor Jill Vani Elizabeth Clark and “Jersey” Chocolate Lab (Puppy Raiser: Cherri & Rick Barrett) Susan Gray and “Rascal” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Jon Verstegen) Apprentice Instructor Kevin Thompson Aaron Smith and “J.R” Collie (Puppy Raiser: Carol & John Lair) Afiya Jackson and “Kela” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Kristin Hadacz) William Gillard and “Lily” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Pam Stamm) Donna Miller and “Carman” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Shirley Russo) Team Supervisor/Instructor Wendy Eichler Colleen Day and “Georgiana” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Patricia Frost) George Hagan and “Bart” Black Lab (Donated) James Kennemer and “Hirshel” Chocolate Lab (Donated) Class 09-12 Jerry Bobbitt and “Lincoln” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Joan McTaggart) Nancy Lepkowski and “Usher” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Marge Frazier) Apprentice Instructor Catherine Palid Harry Wilber and “Gus” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Jill Moore & Bethany Seymour) Derek Moore and “Caspian” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Sarah Rankin) Alice Massa and “Zoe” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Lisa Baird) Team Leader/Instructor Jessica Bimmerman Jeremy Shawver and “Monti” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Earnest Fisher) William Deatherage and “P.J.” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Carol Foster) Apprentice Instructor Linda French Cassandra Gentry and “Bijou” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Kathy Lanza) Denise Schweizer and “Cheba” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Christopher Daya) Lora Ireland and “Trice” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Robert Odem) Teresa Arroyo and “Hailey” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Sharlene Priebe) Kenneth Wolfgang and “Truman” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Rhonda Grubb) Instructor Randy Horn Aubry Morley and “Regan” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Powers Correctional Facility) Linda Overmoyer and “Roxy” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Patricia Myers) Virginia Hester and “Maggie” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Kathy Barker) Mark Agnello and “Polaris” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Joann Wolfenberg) Class 10-01 Instructor Laura Burke Danielle West and “Sugar” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Nan Nellenbach) Esther Shumaker and “Franklin” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Carol & Mike Mordarski) Joyce Smith and “Obadiah” Shepherd (Puppy Raiser: Karin Pierce) Joseph LaPlaceliere and “Kokua” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Lynne Zielinski & Vince Pinelli) Team Supervisor/Instructor Debbie Komondy Donna Long & “River” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Jason Vanderweide & Marvin Harlow) Margaret Sutton & “Wynston” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Christine Venema) Heather Berg & “Maverick” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Melissa & Dale Howard) Apprentice Instructor Sue Hackman Jennifer Williams & “Sonar” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Mary & Allan Burd) Natasha Sokol & “Savannah” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Marilee & Phil Townsend) Gail Lasko & “Harbor” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Shannon Collins) Kimberly Howe & “Ruby” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Jan VanWulfen) William Boothman & “Bukki” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Jeffrey Platt) Team Leader/Instructor Jamie Togal Cathy Burke & “Monet” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Heather Vega & Lori Riordan) Carl Darling & “Kona” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Julie Hogenson) Raymond Jackson & “Shane” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Sherrill Platt) Roy Wardle & “Leo” Chocolate Lab (Puppy Raiser: Josh Sherman) Class 10-02 Apprentice Instructor Alison Roberts Apprentice Instructor Ana Williams Teresita Rivera & “Phoebe” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Elaine & John Berkheiser) Barbara Robinson & “Tootsie” Poodle (Puppy Raiser: Samantha Ziegenmeyer) Tyler Butler & “Rogan” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Ruth & Russell VanNoort) Rose-Marie Litwin & “Velvet” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Brenda Cuddeback) Apprentice Instructor Jenny Sanderson Coleamer Hodges & “Bronte” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Karen West & Ernie Schmatz) Cynthia Robinson & “Joplin” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Amy Kessler & Jim Slowik) Team Leader/Instructor Kevin Ihrke Fred Hans & “Gabby” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Kara McGregor) Gretchen Maune & “Keeper” Golden (Puppy Raiser: Beverly Kramer) Lauri Potter & “Kasey” Poodle (Donated) Danny Murphy & “Gerty” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Jean & Dennis Hunter) Circle of Life News about our canine partners New Arrivals Basha (hosted by Ann & Kipp Bonds) x Hunter (hosted by Beth Mattei) - 7 labs Dreams (hosted by Lisa Holiday Family) x Sailor (hosted by Mike Bond) – 6 labs Camy (hosted by John Maher) x Tigger (hosted by Robert & Robyn Gage) – 6 labs Gretchen (hosted by Barb Oprea) x Winston (hosted by Joe Caruana) – 1 german shepherd Tradition (hosted by Sterlie & Janet Miller) x Seamus (service donated by Laura Michaels) – 7 labs Lacy (hosted by Janice White) x Deacon (service donated by Carol Ruby) – 7 goldens Donna (hosted by Diana Weber) x Sy (hosted by Katie Olds Family) – 7 labs Polo (hosted by Cichon Family) x Rocky (hosted by Jean Jacquin) – 6 goldens Dora (hosted by Dawn Karagosian Family) x Jonah (hosted by Shari & George Sprouse) – 5 labs Charmed (hosted by Carol & Randy Kirkbride) x Ice (hosted by Pat Boyd) – 7 labs Gem (hosted by Margaret Fee) x Tigger (hosted by Robert & Robyn Gage) – 6 labs Indy (hosted by Pam Bannick) x Quincy (hosted by Gary & Sandy Frick) – 7 goldens Uno (hosted by Nathaniel & Bryn Brock) x Hardy (hosted by Cynthia & Gerald Sweet) – 8 labs Casey (hosted by Jessie Kramer Family) x Midas (hosted by Tammy Bartz) – 9 lab/golden cross Breeding Stock Retired Baxter – male lab (hosted by Kay Griswold Family) Breeding Stock Deceased Elkie – female german shepherd 14 years (hosted by Barb Oprea Family) Sassy – female lab 15 yrs (hosted by Sue Satow Family) Leader Dogs Retired Abbey – Allen Childs Alex – Pedro Torregrosa Amber – Nancy Lepkowski Ann – Caren Miller Autumn – Isabel Orozco Basil – Gerardo Rodriguez Beacon - Ralph Bradmon Buelah – Garbrielle Labossiere Buddy – Ronald Reda Caspian – Miguel Gonzalez Chloe – Jennifer Childs Colburn – Preston Riley Coleman – Katherine Mahler Cooper – Russell Richardson Darby – Erin Magoon Dekar – Eldridge Harley George – Modesto Lopez Harley – Kevin Suggs Inova – Roberta McCall Jake – Roy Roberts Killian – Howard Dulaney Kodiak – Randy Zarza Libby – Carolyn Williams Maddox – David Anspach Michael – Harold Riley Mina – Nancy Smith Myrtle – Lora Ireland Noah – Jeff Schmitter Pilot – Terry Dillivan Pokie – Christine Williams Pollywog – Kathryn Lynch Quinn – Gail Bartels Quinn – Hector Solano Royce – Linda Overmoyer Sideon – Alice Ritchhart Spark – Diane Morton Valor – Marti Geisenhaver Leader Dogs Deceased Abby – Marie Berube Betsy – Laida Juarez Brandy – Keith Kasia Cody – Dane Ford Cooper – Marie Salvatore Daisey – Enid Dowling Evan – Dan Weiner Gracie – Alice Fields K.C. – Michael Hoffman Krista – Mirella Maurus Libby – Neil Vosburgh Luke – Kathy Hill Molly – Nicole Beauregard Nat – Elizabeth Parkhurst Prophet – Francisco Balaguer Samantha – Margaret Moore Skillet – Doris Porter Theo – Maria Briz Tillforge – Donald Williamson Walker – Enrique Magallanes Zeus – Beverly Powell Zoey – Shirley Cassity Calendar of Events September 11 Trekker class begins September 20 Dog Guide class 10-04 begins September 27 Accelerated Mobility Program class begins October 9 Trekker class begins October 18 Dog Guide class 10-05 begins October 25 Accelerated Mobility Program class begins November 6 Trekker class begins November 15 Accelerated Mobility Program class begins November 15 Dog Guide class 10-06 begins December 4 Trekker class begins January 2 Accelerated Mobility Program class begins January 10 Dog Guide class 10-07 begins January 29 Trekker class begins Youth December 4 Trekker Trax class begins Professionals September 23 Orientation, Mobility and Leader Dog Travel seminar begins Events November 21 18th Annual Lead In the Holidays Privacy Statement Leader Dogs for the Blind does not sell, share, rent or otherwise disclose personal information regarding our donors to other organizations. The mission of Leader Dogs for the Blind is to enhance the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired.
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