Life Outside of Work for a Leader Dog

Message from the President

Published in: Update - Issue 2 - 2016 »   


Close-up photo of President and CEO Sue Daniels smiling and wearing a red dress

This issue of Update features the inspiring story of Leader Dog client Andrew Stone’s outdoor adventures, and with the warmer weather upon us, hopefully we too will have an opportunity to spend some time outside.

Speaking of “the great outdoors,” one question that we are often asked here at Leader Dogs for the Blind is, “Do Leader Dogs ever get an opportunity to play, spend time outside and just ‘be a dog’?” There’s no one better to address this question than Judge Paul Teranes. Judge Teranes has been a Leader Dog client for 56 years and is a retired circuit court judge. He has served on the Leader Dog Board of Trustees for almost 20 years, was Chair of the Board from 2010–2012 and currently sits on the Leader Dog Governance and Puppy Raiser Advisory Committees. Judge Teranes’ current Leader Dog is a female black Labrador named Morgan.

As Judge Teranes mentions in a recent article he wrote for our puppy raiser newsletter, “The average day in the life of a Leader Dog varies as much as the life of its user. Some dogs spend most of the day in a work environment which may consist of lying under a desk or beside a machine… Some dogs may be working in a busy city or college campus environment leading its user on and off public transportation, down crowded sidewalks and across busy intersections. Other Leader Dogs may be working in quiet neighborhoods enabling its user to run errands, and to have the freedom to get out and walk whenever the user chooses. No matter what circumstances or environment the Leader Dog finds it is working in, every Leader Dog has a home life... it is likely that the dog will spend more time in the home than working outside the home.” In addition, Judge Teranes notes, “All dogs like to play, and people like to play with dogs. Play is a mutually enjoyable activity.” You can read Judge Teranes’ entire article at

Like Judge Teranes, Leader Dogs for the Blind’s philosophy is that when a Leader Dog is at home and out of harness, it should be allowed to play, nap and just “be a dog,” in order to be rested and relaxed when it’s time to “go back to work” – just like us. So this spring and summer, when you’re frolicking outdoors with your furry friend, please think about our valued clients who are also enjoying spending time with their Leader Dogs!

As always, thank you so very much for your continued support of Leader Dogs for the Blind. Please enjoy this issue of Update and I hope you find many opportunities this season to get outdoors and create your own adventures.

Susan M. Daniels
President and CEO