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Helaine and her current Leader Dog, Zara. They are sitting on a bench and Helaine has her left arm around Zara’s shoulders. Helaine is wearing black slacks, a purple long-sleeve shirt and a brightly patterned yellow, tan and red scarf; she has a large smile on her face. Zara is a yellow golden retriever/Labrador retriever cross. She has dark eyes and a dark nose. She is leaning into Helaine and is wearing a brown leather Leader Dog harness.

Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Helaine

Hello. I’m Helaine and my Leader Dog #2 is Zara; we were matched in April of this year. I waited a very long time for Zara due to Covid and the brutal Texas heat! It was very hard to be ...
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Gary Sinise Foundation + Leader Dog

Gary Sinise Foundation Provides $350,000 Grant to Leader Dogs for the Blind to Benefit America’s Veterans and First Responders On National Assistance Dog Day, the Gary Sinise Foundation announced a $350,000 grant to Leader Dogs for the Blind to support ...
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We Can’t Do It Without You

If you’ve ever donated to Leader Dog, served as a volunteer, attended one of our events, hosted a fundraiser or supported Leader Dog in the many big and small ways that people do every day, you’ve probably heard us say ...
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Yellow lab puppy on left with bag of Purina ProPlan Sport bag of dog food. Right side shows a man smiling and walking with a Leader Dog in harness across a cement bridge. ProPlan logo in corner

ProPlan: Fueling Leader Dogs for 20 Years

"It takes a pretty remarkable dog to make my travels unremarkable, but that is exactly what my Leader Dog Wake does for me. It is incredible.” – LDB Client Calvin V Travel of any kind relies on fuel. Airliners burn ...
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A Million Thank Yous!

By Stuart M., Orientation & Mobility Client I wanted to take a moment and reflect on & thank you for a truly life-changing experience for me. From the moment I connected with you, I could tell that Leader Dogs was ...
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Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Karen

Learning to train with my guide dog was intense, fun and satisfying. Having her in my life… a blessing. However, being out in public with an AUTHENTIC service dog can be emotionally hurtful and draining at times. So, when I ...
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Young yellow lab puppy on red blanket next to harness. There are pendant U.S. flags in the background on a white fence.

Firework Safety for Dogs

This Independence Day, many of us will celebrate the date with fireworks. However, our dogs (and other animals) may not appreciate this form of celebration. This Fourth of July, help keep your dog and others safe with these tips. Keep ...
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Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Michele Clift

Today’s voice belongs to Michele Clift, a licensed veterinary technician at Leader Dogs for the Blind for over 20 years. She is concerned about the state of veterinary technicians in Michigan. Across the state of Michigan, we have lost multiple ...
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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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