Have you ever seen a handsome, intelligent dog wearing a leather harness and leading a blind person at a steady clip along a busy city street full of obstacles? That kind of training, trust and teamwork doesn't just happen
It happens at Guide Dogs for the Blind of San Rafael, California. The story begins in 1941 in Los Gatos, ironically, a city named for cats.
It is the story of determined, strong-minded pioneers who wanted a West Coast school that would train newly blinded servicemen who came home during and after World War II to achieve greater mobility and independence.
It is the story of dogs--"Blondie," "Frank of Ledge Acres," "Abby," "Lee," "Dugan" and "Mozart"--of 4-H puppy raisers and adult volunteer puppy testers, of instructors and veterinarians. It is the story of the seven six-week-old yellow Labrador retriever puppies on the cover of this book. There are dogs everywhere on the Guide Dogs campus, and there are dogs everywhere in this book. They range from silly puppies who trip over their own paws to dignified adult Guide Dogs.
This is a success story, one filled with courage, optimism, hope, humor and hard work, from dogs, instructors, staff, students and graduates alike.
It is the story of a struggling school that started in a rented farm house with one trainer, two students and donated dogs, a school that today has graduated more than 6,000 teams of blind person and Guide Dog. It is the story of a group of graduates that includes people from all walks of life, from ranchers to college students, homemakers, attorneys and musicians.
- 1990 Guide Dogs for the Blind
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