Graduate Team Anusha and Frazier
Thank you to our generous August Graduates Sponsor…
In memory of my wife, Barbara Woods, who loved dogs and Guiding Eyes. Through our entire marriage, we have had dogs, usually two at a time, and enjoyed them! Sponsoring the graduating class is a perfect way to honor her memory.
– Richard Woods
Meet August Residential Training Graduate Anusha
Graduate Team: Anusha and Frazier
About the Team: Frazier, a German Shepherd, is Anusha’s 1st guide dog
Hometown: New York City, Metropolitan area
Guide Dog Mobility Instructor: Shannon McGee (August Residential Class)
Anusha has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a successful career in the technology industry, managing multi-million-dollar portfolios. Outside of work, she dabbles in story-telling and stand-up comedy. She volunteers to help other visually impaired people find gainful employment and is a New York State-certified Crisis Counsellor, who provides support in hospital emergency departments.
How would you describe your guide dog? “Frazier is truly one of a kind; he has low-key energy and very calming presence about him that affects other people and dogs. He is exceptionally intelligent and can be cheeky and playful. He has a very high play drive and really enjoys playing fetch. He’s a cuddle bug and loves to put his head on my lap or tuck his nose into the crook of my arm.”
What made you decide to apply for a guide dog at Guiding Eyes? “After researching multiple schools, I had the best experience as an applicant with Guiding Eyes. That was a huge part of choosing this school. Before being matched with my dog, I was lucky enough to be able to attend several graduations. There I met kitchen and kennel staff, whose kindness and dedication impressed me, even though they didn’t know me. The food was great too!”
How has having a guide dog impacted your life? “It’s been very profound. You really get an appreciation of the difference between a cane and having a guide dog, in terms of avoiding obstacles rather than listening, feeling, and encountering them, particularly at night. I’ve already had so many adventures with Frazier since we came home, including a trip to Canada.”
Were there any training highlights? “It was pitch black on the night walk routes during class, so I had to put my complete trust in Frazier. He did a great job. It was a very profound moment in our journey.”
Meet Guide Dog Frazier
- DOB: 1/16/18
- Dog ID: 1F18
- Color/Breed: Black & Tan German Shepherd
- Gender: Male
- Brood: Tula
- Stud: Ogden
- Littermates: Falcor
- Region: Lower Westchester
- Regional Manager: Liz Vacchiano (Bethany Oliver, Maureen Hollis)
- Puppy Raiser: The McNulty Family
- Facebook: Guiding Eyes Lower Westchester Puppy Raisers
Frazier is a wonderful, special dog! He loved growing up with his dad, Ogden, and our family of 5 with 3 teenage boys. His favorite activity is fetch. He can play for hours with a ball and a chuck-it. He also lakes splashing around in the lake. Frazier is calm, smart and affectionate. He has excellent house manners, is very loyal and loves to snuggle. He is a big boy and very social with people and other dogs. We miss him! Congratulations on your partnership. He is going to love working with you.
Sheree McNulty & Family, Puppy Raisers of Frazier
Enjoy these photos of the team and Frazier as a pup on program…
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Friends and Family: Watch this video to learn more about Working with a Guide Dog Team.