Thursday, May 26, 2011

Guide Dogs for the Blind Rocks the Boat!

Raisers and Alumni with puppies and guides
A whopping 65 GDB alumni, staff, puppy raisers and guests, along with 28 dogs (puppies in training and working Guide Dogs) found their sea legs recently aboard the cruise ship, The Sea Princess, when it was docked in San Francisco en route to Alaska. The ship may have looked like it had gone to the dogs, but there was a reason for the special tour: to give puppy raisers the opportunity to socialize their pups to the various surfaces, sights and smells of a cruise ship, and to offer a behind-the-scenes look at cruising as an accessible way to see the world for people who are blind. The ship was set up with every comfort in mind for accessible travel, including a lovingly nicknamed “Poop Deck” outfitted with special relieving boxes for the dogs. “The ship was amazing,” said GDB’s Alumni Association Director Theresa Duncan. “I can’t wait to set sail with my guide, Dario!” Thank you to Princess Cruises and Dimensions in Travel for providing the opportunity.

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