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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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Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Brooke Coleman

My name is Brooke Coleman and I’m a freshman at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. I’ve been working with my best friend, Leader Dog Sampson, for a year now with our anniversary being on Halloween, but guide dog ...
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A young yellow lab/golden retriever cross sits on a porch in a too-big blue Leader Dog vest. Behind the puppy is a bench with a plush dog in a blue Future Leader Dog bench. To the right is a pink sign with a flower design. It reads: watch me grow.

The Meaning of a Name

By Volunteer Puppy Raiser Karen Beatty My first-born grandson, Dawson, was born at 24 weeks 3 days and weighed in at 1lb 11oz. Due to being premature, he developed Retinopathy of Prematurity stage IV (ROP). ROP occurs when blood vessels ...
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Blind Enough

By Outreach Services & Community Engagement Manager Leslie Hoskins After clients in Guide Dog Training have been with their new Leader Dogs for about a week, we interview them to find out about their experience with Leader Dog. In a ...
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Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Amy Schupska

Hi! My name is Amy Schupska. My husband of 18 years, Andy, and I have raised 14 Leader Dog puppies. We live in Michigan near Lansing. We are currently raising Monroe, an 8-month-old male lab and golden retriever mix. I ...
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Voice of the Leader Dog Community: Kayla

My name is Kayla. I have Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), so I do not have much peripheral vision (side vision). I was diagnosed at age 14. It took me walking into a parking meter in broad daylight for my family to ...
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