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On the Road with Barry – North Richland Hills, TX

Day 1 - 3 The week started a little earlier than normal as I was on the road by Wednesday to attend a camp at the request of a former co-worker, Tricia. She’s been in blind rehab for as long ...
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On the Road with Barry – La Crosse, WI

Day One This trip is starting off great. I’m headed to La Crosse, WI to work with David, a serial LD grad who needs some O&M training. Because La Crosse is much closer to Minneapolis, I flew in there. I ...
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A tick on the edge of a leaf with its two front legs raised

Tick and Flea Prevention Season

David Smith, DVM - Director of Veterinary Services, Leader Dogs for the Blind It’s that time of year again, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the ticks are everywhere! The best way to avoid discomfort or disease ...
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On the Road with Barry – Mechanicsburg

Day 1 I’ve got a plan. I’m flying to Baltimore, then driving to Mechanicsburg. On the way, there’s this little town called Gettysburg. You may have heard of it. I’ve wanted to come here for most of my adult life and it’s ...
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Barry and two Pearland Lady Lions members holding an oversized check

On the Road with Barry – Lumberton, Texas

Day 1 Well, this is unusual. I’m usually headed to an airport and have a story to tell about someone I sat next to on the plane or the shuttle, or something like that. Lumberton, Texas is a two-hour drive ...
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A black Labrador retriever dog laying on a wood floor.

My Volunteer Experience

Happy National Volunteer Week to all my fellow volunteers! My name is Margaret Lopez, and I am a Volunteer Engagement Assistant for the Puppy Development and Breeding Departments. Through this role I learned about being a breeding host for Leader ...
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Melissa Pletcher

National Volunteer Week 2024

How Lucky Am I? As a volunteer management professional for more than 20 years, I have had the pleasure of being involved in several professional networking groups. Currently, I am facilitating two groups. Locally, I facilitate the Volunteer Coordinator’s Network ...
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On the Road with Barry – Georgia

Day 1 I have reached status in my life. Through the blessings of my work with Leader, I have attained… Silver Medallion status (insert dramatic music here). Among the plethora of perks of a Silver Medallion member, I am afforded ...
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On the Road with Barry – Redding and Oroville, California

Day 1 I flew out to Sacramento on Sunday, with a connection in Salt Lake City. I love Salt Lake City’s airport. So bright, with floor to ceiling windows everywhere which provide the natural sunlight and a view of the ...
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On the Road with Barry – Bardstown and Olive Hill, Kentucky

Day 1 Houston to Atlanta to Lexington. Another first for me, as I’ve been through Kentucky, but don’t remember ever staying here.  On the hour drive down to Bardstown, every exit was either a Civil War battlefield, or a bourbon ...
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