Last week, retired guide Hector, who now spends his days with GDB's Community Relations Officer Michele Davis, celebrated his 12th birthday in style. In honor of his birthday, staff and volunteers on our Oregon campus participated in KGW-TV's Annual Food Drive and contributed more than 600 pounds of goods to the effort (pictured, above). GDB's donation was highlighted on the Channel 8 newscasts throughout the day. "There is a downside to stardom, however," said Michele. "Hector is no longer willing to do any more free gigs and now requires kibble paid in advance!"
In other news...
- Guide Dogs Give Back (webvets.com): Featuring the Shakes family, puppy raisers from San Ramon, Calif.
- Dog No. 22 (Los Angeles Daily Breeze, South Bay Pets:) Featuring puppy raiser and leader Pat Whitehead as she picks up her 22nd Guide Dog puppy.
- Skiing, Rock Climbing, Cycling: This Resident Does It Blind; San Ramon Girl Scouts Draw Inspiration From Blind Leader (sanramonpatch.com): Two articles profiling GDB alumna Gena Harper.
- Beeper Eggs Emit a Joyous Noise to Bay Area Blind Kids (Silicon Valley Mercury News, April 3, 2010): Highlighting the Blind Babies Foundation's annual Easter Egg hunt, and the Guide Dogs who were there to join in the fun.
- San Rafael Dog School Comes to the Aid of Local Residents (Santa Cruz Sentinel, April 6, 2010): A feature story about GDB alumna Nancy McMasters and her guide, Amity.