Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Kacie

Today’s Voice of the Leader Dog Community is LDB Client Kacie Q. who shares some insight into her first year with her first Leader Dog, Danny, that she received on May 20, 2021. The beginning of my Leader Dog journey ...
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A woman and a golden retriever are sitting on a wooden dock with a rippling blue lake in the background. The woman is smiling and sitting cross-legged with her right arm around the dog’s shoulders, she holds the dog’s brown leather leash in her left hand. She has long, straight blond hair and round wire glasses; she is wearing denim capri’s and a white, red and light grey top. The dog’s tongue is hanging out and has a black spot in the middle. He has long light tan fur and a very black nose.

Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Nancy C

One of my favorite books as a little girl was a children’s novel called Follow My Leader. It was a story about a young boy who loses his vision when he and his friends find and set off a firecracker. ...
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Leader Dog Volunteers

When you think about what volunteering at Leader Dogs for the Blind, what comes to mind? Caring for dogs and puppies, of course! But there is so much more! Volunteers, both on and off campus, participate in every aspect of ...
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Behind the Microphone

What goes into creating a podcast? Well, the simple answer is a lot of hard work, dedication, commitment and of course we can’t forget a lot of fun! When I came to Leader Dog in August 2021 to be the ...
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A Day in the Life of Our Dog Care Team

An insider’s look at how our future Leader Dogs are cared for, both physically and mentally, while staying in our canine development center. For over 80 years Leader Dogs for the Blind’s dog care staff have worked hard to ensure ...
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Voices of the Leader Dog Community: Lauren Eckberg and Justin Simard

Hello! Our names are Lauren and Justin and we have been hosting our Leader Dog Mom, Java, since December 2020. Lauren is an architect and works remotely for a firm based in Chicago that specializes in affordable housing. Justin is ...
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A World-Class Team

By Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Ashley Nunnelly I want to tell you today about some Leader Dog heroes. To me, the best quality of Leader Dogs for the Blind is its team. I haven’t written about this on the blog, ...
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Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Ed

Hello, my name is Lion Ed Hashbarger, PDG, I have been a Lion since 1969, and I’ve been a long-time supporter of Leader Dog. Today, I’d like to share the background of why I became a Lion and why I ...
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Voices of the Leader Dog Community: Clients

Today’s Voices of the Leader Dog Community is a special one! Meet nine of our clients from the past several months and find out more about them in their own words. Sandy S. from Wisconsin with LD Mira Tell me ...
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Congratulations to Melissa Weisse!

Melissa Weisse, Leader Dog's chief philanthropy officer, has been named the President of the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Detroit Chapter! In her time at Leader Dog, Melissa has raised over $115 million dollars, diversified and grown ...
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