Tuesday, November 25, 2008

GDB career change dogs at work

Over the past few months, several career change dogs, staff and volunteers from Guide Dogs have been volunteering with the Pine Street Foundation to help with a study designed to determine whether dogs can perform the early detection of ovarian cancer. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, tune in to KQED-TV (PBS / Comcast 709 - SF) at 7:30 to an episode of Quest titled, "Fido Fights Cancer." The segment is also available here on the PBS website.

GDB dogs that initially tried out to take part in the study included: Beauty, Bella, Chapin, Collins, Freeman, Ida, Jack, Tessy, Tibbs, and Trevino. All of the five dogs selected for the study are from GDB stock, including Freeman (a retired breeder), and career change dogs: Tessy, Tibbs and Collins. GDB staff members Kathy O'Brien and Rebecca Hornick are the trainers interviewed. Read more about the study at the Pine Street Foundation website.

A yellow lab career change dog from Guide Dogs during her scent detection training


  1. Wow! So cool! Career changed dogs can do such great things!!!!

  2. Wooo hooo way to go Freeman! He is my Tacoma's Daddy! And she is one smart cookie. So now we know where she gets is from

  3. I understand there was a artical about Freeman in People mag (?), any help in finding it would be great !! He is our Diesel's Dad, and as we are currently placing him as a career change with his forever family and would love it for his puppy album :))