I am not totally blind, but there are things that I know I can’t see. A cane doesn’t guarantee that I will miss an oncoming car, but [Leader Dog] Zoey will be able to ensure that I stop.
With Hoosier, I’m going to be able to travel so much safer. I’ll be able to hold my head up high and be proud to know my dog is keeping me safe and that we’re representing Leader Dog.
It’s been beautiful working with Abel. He amazes me.
In high school I didn’t have a Leader Dog and I wasn’t very social. Then I got my first dog, Scout, and he got me through college.
Getting your first dog – is like lightning. The ability to walk with confidence, to hold your head up, to walk down the sidewalk and not be afraid – it’s a ‘WOW!’
Leader Dog Tarbah and I are bonding as if we were meant to be together. She has helped me get around with much less effort and anxiety! I never realized that would be possible.
It may sound odd, but getting a Leader Dog made me a whole person. When you’re blind you lose your independence. Your Leader Dog becomes your eyes; they become your whole world.
When I went home with my first dog I remember getting off the airplane and walking toward my dad with a feeling of confidence, of freedom and independence.
Zoe has fit in great in all aspects of my life. It’s funny how she’s kind of slid in and made a niche for herself in the hearts and lives of my friends and family.
After a very productive working life and retirement, Lena, my first Leader Dog, passed away on March 21, 2009.