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September Is National Guide Dog Month
Have you ever encountered a visually impaired person in public and wondered how you should react? Did you ever wonder what it’s like to “see” the world through the eyes of a guide dog?
Since September is National Guide Dog Month, I thought this would be the perfect time to spotlight the incredible partnerships that co-exist between people who are blind or visually impaired and their guide dogs!
Create With Joy partnering with Natural Balance, the maker of premium-quality pet food, and Guide Dogs for the Blind, a non-profit charitable organization that raises and trains exceptional guide dogs to serve the blind and visually impaired, to recognize the ‘Top Human-Canine Teams Who Make Us Believe.’
These nine teams are outstanding examples of the amazing partnerships possible between humans and canines.
I was particularly inspired by Melissa Hudson and her guide dog Camry, and I want to share their story with you:
Imagine for a moment that you are in your late 20s and realize that you are going blind. For Melissa, this is not just an imaginary scenario — it’s her life story.
Melissa was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at age three and at risk of losing her eyesight from a very young age. In the years to come, she began to slowly realize the impact this diagnosis would have on her. As Melissa had to sit closer and closer to the whiteboard in her college courses and could no longer see her friends waving to her across campus, things began to take a turn. As her vision continued to deteriorate, her doctor told her:
Melissa, you need to face the facts, you’re going blind.
She was just 27 years old.
The hardest step after hearing this shocking news was accepting the use of a cane to help Melissa get around. When she finally accepted her new reality, Melissa was ready for the chance to bring her old self back – and her first step was to apply to Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Now on her third guide dog – a beautiful black Labrador named Camry – Melissa is an entirely different person. She says that with Camry, her “invisibility clock has been lifted.” Her independence and mobility has been enhanced, and new-found freedom shines through her countless adventures with Camry. The two have traveled to three continents, including North America, Europe, and Asia. Even more importantly, through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, Camry is always by Melissa’s side. From navigating through the chaotic streets of Los Angeles to dodging skateboarders, Camry and Melissa tackle each new obstacle like professionals. Together, the two are ready to conquer the world.
As Melissa’s story shows, in addition to providing enhanced mobility, guide dogs can also be a social bridge, opening a world of possibilities for friendship and human connection.
To help people like Melissa thrive, please consider donating to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Once there, you can also read about the eight other amazing human-canine teams. There’s no better time than National Guide Dog Month to show your support for these incredible people and their four-legged superheroes.
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Do you have a special bond with your pet?
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Wordless Wednesday – Week of September 6, 2016
Happy Wordless Wednesday, dear friends! It’s time to share your favorite family-friendly photos – with or without words – at the friendliest party in town!
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