Monday, November 17, 2008

Guide Dog Day Proclamation

Guide dogs play a critical role in the lives of Californians who are legally blind. By providing invaluable assistance, these unique animals allow many to live safely and with greater confidence.

The State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind works to ensure that guide dog schools and trainers are properly licensed and qualified, and also that dog handlers are taught how to work with their canines. The high standards of the Board help to create a safe environment for the guide dogs, their handlers and the general
public.

It is important that we remember that guide dogs are working animals. We should always ask handlers if we can pet their companion beforehand and be aware of laws that allow service animals in public places.

Many people are able to enjoy life more fully because of the assistance that a guide dog provides. I extend my gratitude to all those who have dedicated themselves to this noble cause, and I encourage all Californians to do their part to support those who are legally blind and the four-legged friends who serve them.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim November 18, 2008, as "Guide Dog Day."

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 4th day of November 2008.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
Governor of California

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