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“Perfect 10”!

It is not uncommon to see Thomas Panek, the President and CEO of Guiding Eyes, attend a Friday afternoon graduation ceremony. He often joins in the celebration with the newest class of students, whom he’s gotten to know during their time on campus. They know that as a handler himself, he personally understands the thrill… Continue reading “Perfect 10”!

Shannon and MacGyver

Meet Graduate Shannon Graduate Team: Shannon and MacGyverAbout the Team: MacGyver, a male yellow lab, is Shannon’s 1st guide dogLocation: Bentonville, ArkansasTraining: March 2024 On-Campus Shannon is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. She has a professional background in public relations and previously worked in public involvement for engineering… Continue reading Shannon and MacGyver

Animal Cracker Podcast: Rebekah Cross

Guiding Eyes is pleased to announce that Rebekah Cross, our Director of Donor Relations, was featured on The Animal Cracker Podcast with Dr. Doug Willen. Rebekah is also a graduate, partnered with a loveable black Lab named Regal. You can find the episode on Dr. Doug Willen’s YouTube channel here, or listen to it on… Continue reading Animal Cracker Podcast: Rebekah Cross

Heart of America Feature on CBS News

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell recently showcased Guiding Eyes for the Blind and its President and CEO, Thomas Panek in its segment, “Heart of America”. This daily feature recognizes remarkable individuals who inspire and bring hope from all corners of America. The Guiding Eyes community is honored to have been selected as the positive… Continue reading Heart of America Feature on CBS News

Michele and Aladdin

Meet Graduate Michele Graduate Team: Michele and AladdinAbout the Team: Aladdin, a male yellow Lab, is Michele’s 1st guide dogLocation: Conklin, New YorkTraining: March 2024 On-Campus Michele and her husband Stanley live in a rural area near Binghamton, New York. They have been married for thirty-nine years and are both retired. Michele was employed by… Continue reading Michele and Aladdin

Hugo and Idaho

Meet Graduate Hugo Graduate Team: Hugo and IdahoAbout the Team: Idaho, a male black lab, is Hugo’s 1st guide dogLocation: Perth Amboy, New JerseyTraining: February 2024 On-Campus Hugo is active in his community, speaking to others with vision loss about his experiences.  He is also involved with the National Federation for the Blind. As a… Continue reading Hugo and Idaho

Kathryn and Kismet

Meet Graduate Kathryn Graduate Team:  Kathryn and KismetAbout the Team:  Kismet, a female black lab, is Kathryn’s 1st guide dog.Location:  Coquitlam, British Columbia, CanadaTraining: March 2024 On-Campus Kathryn has been an educator for 28 years, working as both a teacher and an administrator. She is currently a vice principal at a secondary school. Kathryn herself… Continue reading Kathryn and Kismet

Graduate Assistance Fund Increase

We are pleased to share that in response to a request from the graduate council, Guiding Eyes will increase the overall amount of the Graduate Assistance Fund by $100 per year to help cover the costs of veterinary care. Effective immediately, you can submit invoices for up to $600 total per calendar year. To submit an invoice… Continue reading Graduate Assistance Fund Increase

Graduation: Time to Celebrate

Celebrating New Partnerships Share in the joy of this moment, when our students look forward to the adventures ahead with their Guiding Eyes guide dog.  These intimate celebrations are recorded for guests interested in experiencing a Guiding Eyes graduation, but unable to join us in-person.  It is our hope that people attending graduation, whether in-person… Continue reading Graduation: Time to Celebrate

Deborah and Scarlett

Meet Graduate Deborah Graduate Team: Deborah & ScarlettAbout the team: Scarlett, a female black Lab, is Deborah’s 1st guide dogLocation: South Boston, VirginiaTraining: March 2024 Home Training Deborah is retired from a long career at the Talking Book Library in Richmond, Virginia. She is the chairman of a women’s group at her church and has… Continue reading Deborah and Scarlett