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Black Lab puppy with wine bottles. Photo by Melissa J. Davis PhotographyOctober 5, 2014: Wine, Music & Puppies!  More information on our wine tasting here.  

2014 Guiding Eyes graduation dates 

Foster a Guiding Eyes Brood or Stud

Posted 27th August 2014

Volunteer brood and stud fosters provide homes for the extraordinary dogs in our breeding colony. These dogs are responsible for creating future generations of Guiding Eyes guide and service dogs. Learn more about fostering a brood or stud at our upcoming open house: Saturday, September 20th, 1:00 pm Guiding Eyes Canine Development Center 361 Route [...]

August 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 16th August 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: “The Bashaw Family is so proud to sponsor this graduation! We are honored to have been a part of the Guiding Eyes Family for over eighteen years. Good luck to all of the graduates, their new guide dogs and all of the wonderful adventures [...]

July 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 19th July 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Sally Stokhamer, annual graduation sponsor. We gratefully acknowledge the Fain Family’s support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to view the July graduation online. Meet our Residential Graduates Ashley and Fuller Carly and Brinkley Abby and Kathy Mary Abby and Kylie Sarah and [...]

June 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 21st June 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Betsy and Fred Rhines: “June is a big month for graduations! We are delighted to congratulate the men and women who have completed their training at the Guiding Eyes campus. We wish them well as they celebrate with their families and then leave to [...]

Powerful Stories

Posted 12th June 2014

Hundreds of people have come through our doors over the past 12 months.  Here are some of their stories. Since they met in July 2013, Sofia Gallo and Guiding Eyes guide dog Karleen have completed their freshman year at Princeton University. While the pretty black Lab slept through most of her handler’s political science classes, [...]

Veterinary perspective on Cloud Star

Posted 4th June 2014

We were pleased to recently announce Cloud Star as our Official Training Treat Partner. Cloud Star treats are made in America with all natural ingredients – and our dogs absolutely love the taste. “From a nutritional standpoint, Cloud Star treats are perfect for our future guide and service dogs,” says Dr. Jody Sandler, Guiding Eyes [...]

Jane Russenberger receives Ken Lord Award

Posted 30th May 2014

Guiding Eyes is pleased to announce that Jane Russenberger, Senior Director of Canine Development, has received the International Guide Dog Federation’s (IGDF) Ken Lord Award. Presented at the 2014 IGDF Seminar in Tokyo, Japan, the prestigious award is IGDF’s highest honor. Russenberger is the first female recipient as well as the first honoree outside of [...]

May 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 24th May 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Peggy Nance Lyle sponsors the May graduation ceremony to honor the graduates and their canines along with the staff and volunteers of Guiding Eyes who make these extraordinary gifts possible. Matt and Maurica Cicci feel very privileged to be part of this graduation ceremony. [...]

Thank you Hitachi!

Posted 22nd May 2014

Hitachi Metals Ltd. Community Action Committee (CAC) awarded Guiding Eyes a $10,000 grant for the general support of its Sights on College Program, a training curriculum specifically for adolescents who are blind or visually impaired. “While visiting Guiding Eyes I had the opportunity to learn about the organization’s work and see firsthand the difference guide [...]

Grad Paul Ellner publishes fourth book

Posted 13th May 2014

In Paul Ellner’s newest novel, fictional character Charles Handler and his wife Carole are en route to Epernay, France when they decide to stop off in Geneva, Switzerland to visit the largest high-energy particle accelerator in the world. While in the collider’s tunnel, 574 feet below the surface, a freak accident hurls Charles into an [...]

A message from our Training Treat Partner

Posted 12th May 2014

Cloud Star is proud to be the Official Training Treat Partner for the dogs at Guiding Eyes! The company is extending a special offer for friends of Guiding Eyes; from now through June 30th, receive 50% off your Cloud Star order by using coupon code: guidingeyes14. Cloud Star has been producing wholesome products for dogs [...]

Excellence in Nursing at Guiding Eyes

Posted 8th May 2014

Guiding Eyes nurse Marianne Coiro was recognized on Tuesday evening at Hudson Valley Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing gala. From HV magazine:  Nurses – they’re the often unsung heroes and heroines of healthcare.  These individuals juggle hectic schedules, cope with extraordinary pressure and serve round-the-clock as the bedside eyes and ears for doctors. We at Hudson Valley [...]

Spring 2014 Heeling Autism Class

Posted 2nd May 2014

Six Heeling Autism service dogs head out into the world this week, joining the 49 service dogs who are actively working in families with children with autism. We marvel at the exponential impact these dogs will have in their new homes; they’ll help children and their parents, they will support siblings and friends, and they’ll [...]

April 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 26th April 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Tanveer Ghuman generously sponsored the training of Guiding Eyes Perky. Mike Herman, Susan Sheehan, Margie Weinreb and Sally Stokhamer sponsored the April graduation ceremony. “Congratulations, graduates! May these newly formed partnerships provide you with confidence, independence and happiness for years to come.” – Mike [...]

CEO Tom Panek goes #BOSTONSTRONG for Guiding Eyes

Posted 17th April 2014

Tom Panek will overcome a number of challenges when he runs the Boston Marathon this Monday.   He gave up running after losing his sight in his 20s; he never thought he would run again. But with a lot of hard work, plenty of ambition and a little help from friends, Tom rediscovered his love [...]