Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Making New Friends

A young girl gives an ambassador dog a hug
L.A. Southwest Guide Dog Raisers and Diamonds in the Rough puppy raising club represented GDB at the recent Junior Blind of America (JBA) Fall Family Field Day where families of blind/visually impaired children came to learn about the various programs and services available to them in the Greater Los Angeles area. The puppy raisers and their pups met families from California, Nevada and Arizona. L.A. Southwest also helped out at a recent Lifestyles Seminar held at the JBA as well.

At the events, attendees were able to participate in fun activities with the dogs and puppies. There were working Guide Dogs on hand, as well as puppies in training and GDB ambassador dogs. Activities included walking and grooming the dogs, taking guided walks with a Guide Dog mobility instructor, and plenty of cuddling and petting!

"To see the huge smiles on the kids' faces and hearing the excited comments after returning from the dog walk with the trainer just fills my heart every time," said Pat Whitehead, leader of the L.A. Southwest group.

A young girl walking with a Guide Dog under the supervision of a Guide Dog mobility instructor

A young man in a wheelchair with a GDB ambassador dog

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