GUIDING EYES FOR THE BLIND
Canine Development Center
361 Route 164 Raiser of the Month September-October 2010
Patterson, NY 12563
845- 878-3330 Winsome has been with us for more than Hahaha! OK, I admit it, I may have
www.volunteer.guidingeyes.org a year and it feels like she is a member of exaggerated a little, but it is true that she is
the family. She was the cutest little puppy I nice, funny and smart. Although she doesn’t
Training Center & Offices had ever seen with tiny little paws and the actually do calculus, she knows a bunch of
611 Granite Springs Road most adorable floppy ears. Not much has tricks, knows what lunch, dinner and bed
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 changed though: she is still pretty small means, and she also knows that what “time to
800-942-0149 compared to other labs. eat” is in Chinese. In addition to being funny,
www.guidingeyes.org Winsome and I really bonded over the she keeps my feet warm in the winter and
past couple of months…we’re actually best attends my soccer games to root me on. She
GEB Veterinary Service friends and, since I know so much about our is always there to root me on.
845-230-6425 little pup, I’m going to let you in on some of
email@example.com her secrets.
GEB Regional Manager
301-977-8929 She is most definitely the best that that
Newsletter/Publicity ever happened to me. I know that winsome
Margie Coccodrilli First, she is a huge softie. It may not seem will be a great guide done one way, and
301-869-2216 like she cares at times, but more than once I whoever ends up with her will be so lucky.
Website caught her helping some old lady carry her Although it’s hard for me to say good-bye
Terry Cohen denture cream from the shopping cart to the to Winsome, I know that someone needs her
240-683-0332 car. Though this isn’t much of a secret, she more, and I am so happy to have been able to
has a wicked sense of humor. You’ll find spend the time that I did with her.
www.guidingeyes-md.org her chatting at strangers on the bus so that
she can give them her stand-up comedy
routine. She never fails to make me smile
when I’m feeling a little down. Finally,
although she’ll never admit it, Winsome can
get a little nerdy. Sometimes, if you stay up
Feature Stories: late enough, you might be able to catch a
glimpse of her head buried in a calculus
Raiser of the Month book, or flipping through David
Copperfield. Pretty shocking, huh! Bet you
didn’t know that about our little Winnie.
Welcome New and Repeat Raisers Good lucky Winsome, I love you!
Pups on the Move CLASS DATES Diana Wang
September 12 - 2:30 – 5:00 Groups 1-3 October 10 - 2:30 – 5:00 Groups 1-3
Wisconsin Place Bauer Drive Community Center
September 26 – 2:30 – 5:00 Groups 1-3 October 24 – 2:30 – 5:00 Groups 1-3
Potomac Community Recreation Center Bauer Drive Community Center
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Geoffrey Graduates July 24 Khaki Graduates July 24
Derek Neach of Tennessee was paired with his first guide Connecticut resident Tina Ciarciello was very
dog – yellow Lab Geoffrey. He feels optimistic about the enthusiastic about receiving her third Guiding Eyes dog
positive impact his new partner will have in his life. – yellow Labrador Khaki. Tina was diagnosed with
Derek lost most of his sight at birth due to Retinopathy of Retinopathy of prematurity at birth and has partial vision
prematurity. Derek graduated from the Tennessee School in her right eye. She was delighted to receive a yellow
for the Blind and will be a freshman at Eastern Tennessee
State University in the fall. He plans to major in lab because she can see some of the expressions on
computer science and would like to later gain Khaki’s face. Tina has always been a dog lover. She
employment at the internet company Cisco Systems. shares that her guide dogs have meant companionship,
Derek loves to play football, work on the computer, and independence and freedom.
listen to all types of music.
Tina enjoys walking, hiking, and does volunteer work.
She is on the advisory committee for people with
disabilities in her hometown. Tina loves music and
Derek reflected on his singing and hanging out with a large group of friends.
experience at Guiding She joked that her community is very aware and offers
Eyes by saying, “It has lots of services for people with disabilities. Sometimes
been a great, amazing she will go out to dinner with six friends, all of whom
experience. I have have guide dogs, and the group gets a lot of attention
learned so much. It’s from other patrons at the restaurant.
the best school in the
country. The people
here give 100%.”
Tina feels the
atmosphere at Guiding
Eyes is like a family. “I
love the instructors.
Everyone is so warm and
Linda and Bill Ratcliff Montgomery Region Raisers
Samantha Slonin Montgomery Region Raiser
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Patriot Graduates August 21
Rhode Island resident Kerry Clark was born with retinitis
pigmentosa. He graduated this June from high school and
will begin college classes shortly. His focus will be on
Jean Silverman Montgomery Region Puppy Raiser communications and radio broadcasting. The residential
training at Guiding Eyes was a perfect fit for Kerry; he felt
the class was like a family. He recently studied Italy in
school and thought it was interesting to have a classmate
Kerry has always been an animal lover, and feels the bond
with Patriot is already strong after only a short time. “It’s
great that I can walk down a street and not bump into poles
or trees. I can walk so much faster and I’m not as worried
about making mistakes when crossing an intersection. I
know that Patriot will look out for me.”
August 21 GEB Graduating Class
Abilene Graduates August 21
On August 21, John Kennedy and family attended the
graduation of Abilene, their Montgomery Region raised puppy.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the Canadian Guide Dogs For
the Blind have a working relationship together. Where there
will be GEB raised and foster dogs that will be able to assist
blind and visually impaired residents living in Canada…it’s a
win-win for everyone. John Kennedy and family gave Abilene
a wonderful foundation and enjoyed the fruits of their labor by
attending the Graduation Tea in Canada.
From pup in training to
guide dog graduate
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Welcome New and Repeat Raisers
First-time raisers Brian Reed, Jen Mark and Anita Cattrell will be raising Malone,
Cromwell and daughter Kyra will be first time raisers. Malone will be getting a
raising Saffron. great “first start” with Jean Silverman as Mark
and Anita finalize their wedding plans.
Let us know where you like
to take your pup for outings
Savannah, sister to Saffron, will be raised by
veteran puppy raiser John Kennedy and family.
This is their 4th puppy in training.
Jody McCain, veteran Montgomery Region puppy raiser,
has a very special pup named Harry. A special named pup
in remembrance of Jody’s husband is the 8th dog Jody is
now raising. Congratulations!
PUPS ON THE MOVE
Deadline for submission Pups in Training: Ace, Brandon, Jamie, Ward, Winsome
of newsletter articles is the Breeding Colony: Cletus
20th of each month Released: Ghita – private adoption
Leslie – adopted by Meyer Family Montgomery Raisers
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