Billy has turned 5 this past August. Where has the time gone? We will have been a team for 4 years this April 1st. This was absolutely the right time for me to get a service dog. With no vision but light perception. now in my left eye and very limited vision in my right I would be living with headaches every time I travel at night or in crowds. Now I can relax & allow him do the job he was so well trained for.
Billy took his first of 2 flights this past year & it was as if he has flown forever. He just settles in & finds his spot in fromt of me & proceeds to sleep. He got to visit the boardwalks in NJ, & his second flight took him to Chicago for a week. Even the overhead EL train did not distract him from his duty.
All of this amazing behavior is due to the exceptional training he received at Southeastern Guide Dog School. Even though we live in a fairly quiet area he still had the skills for traveling safely in a major (andbusy) city streets.
Aside from his training on campas the concern does not stop when we go home. The school takes its responsibility for their dogs very seriously. A visit from a trainer is made to our homes once a year to be certain that the service dog has not been mistreated (this includes their maintaining their proper weight). If there is an issue they have the right to remove the dog from that location. Also, if we run into any concerns they are only a phone call away & will assist in whatever way they can.
I am hoping you will assist me in supporting Southeastern Guide Dogs in their mission to raise and train these puppies, and provide such a priceless service? I've set an ambitious goal, and your help means a lot to me – and to those of us whose lives are changed forever because of a guide dog. Thank you for your help. Your donations make it possible for these puppies to stay healthy and grow into career dogs of the highest caliber – and then go home with people like me!