Open House Celebrates 75 Years of Community Support

Published in: Update - Issue 2 - 2014 »   

On May 3, we opened our doors to the public to showcase our 75-year history and to thank the local community for their many decades of support. Attendees were able to tour our kennel, learn about the programs and services we offer our clients, and meet LDB staff, clients and canines.

Though the weather wasn’t the best (rain and wind with a little bit of hail thrown in just for fun) we estimate that attendance ranged from 1,000–1,500 people.

Two yellow lab puppies stand outside in the Leader Dog play pen area

It’s no surprise that the Labrador retriever puppies were a big draw.

Client Debbie Dayton sits while her Leader Dog Patrick, a golden retriever stands in front of her. Debbie is talking to two Open House attendees, a man and a woman, who are standing to her right

Several Leader Dog clients, including Debbie Dayton with her Leader Dog, Patrick (pictured above) were on hand to demonstrate how their dogs guide them around obstacles and share stories about how their dogs have enriched their lives.

A young boy with his face painted with a black nose and whiskers colors a black and white image of two puppies

Some of the best questions came from the many, and we mean many, kids in attendance who were curious about blindness and about our dogs. They also enjoyed getting their faces painted to look like puppies and coloring!

A male instructor walks with a black lab in harness outside on campus

Guests enjoyed being able to see close-up how our dogs are trained, and had hundreds of questions to ask our guide dog mobility instructors about their jobs. Pictured is Guide Dog Mobility Instructor and Team Supervisor Phil Griffin.