Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sharing the GDB Lifestyle

Youth participants in a GDB Lifestyles Workshop, happily petting a yellow Lab
Those LA Southwest Puppy Raisers are at it again! This past week, two members of the puppy club, leader Pat Whitehead and GDB alumna Melissa Hudson with her guide Anya, joined up with GDB staff members to present a couple of Lifestyles Workshops at the Braille Institute of Los Angeles.

First up, they spoke with adults that had expressed an interest in getting a guide dog, as well as five O&M Braille Institute staff members. Pat reported that it was a good group with loads of questions and great enthusiasm for future guide dogs in their lives. She brought along two GDB Pet Ambassador dogs, retired guide Glee and career change dog Trason. They used the two dogs to take the workshop participants on Guide Dog walks. "The dogs won many friends that day," Pat said. Later, the group presented the workshop to a class of blind children. "The youth were also enthusiastic," Pat reported, "and at their young ages (9, 10 and 11), they had already learned some things about Guide Dogs." A great time was had by all.

Youth participants at a GDB Lifestyles Workshop

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