Graduate Team – Linda and Bina
Meet March Residential Graduate Linda
Linda received her first guide dog at the age of 19. Retired since late 2012 as an Attorney for the State of New York, Linda lives in the state’s capital with her husband, Larry. Linda enjoys reading, music and learning, currently spending a good amount of time on technology, as she tackles the challenges of moving from a Windows to an Apple environment. Linda participates in activities through her church groups, such as virtual choir, where members learn pieces and record them separately, to be edited after into one musical piece. Linda does a lot of recreational walking, especially since the pandemic has kept her from visiting restaurants or attending the concerts and plays she enjoys so much with her husband or friends. Linda and Larry have always loved travel as well, having taken trips abroad and multiple cruises. Bina’s energy and enthusiasm for her work will come in handy, once Linda is able to return to the activities she loves.
How would you describe your guide dog? “She is something. Bina has a lot of personality and energy. She’s just beautiful and such a character. When in harness, she likes to work. That’s very important – that she loves her job. She’s just great.”
What made you decide to apply for a guide dog from Guiding Eyes? “I’ve received several of my dogs from the school and had no reason to go elsewhere. The training is outstanding. Guiding Eyes always works to be better and the staff is very dedicated. Whenever I return, the training has changed, just a bit. That’s always important and what makes Guiding Eyes such a good school. This last training was shorter, but the time was used efficiently and effectively. They were very careful with student safety, following Covid19 protocol. I was very impressed and very satisfied.”
How has having a guide dog impacted your life? “I’ve never been a comfortable or confident cane traveler, feeling much more freedom and independence when with a guide dog. It’s especially true, now that my husband and I are older, that I feel more comfortable working with a dog. I can’t imagine life without a guide dog. It’s a part of my identity and it’s a part of me to have a dog. It’s the way I do things.”
Were there any training highlights? “I really liked working the dogs on the train platform and it was very enjoyable when we took a little train ride to a few towns away. We also discovered our instructor Stephanie shared our love of coffee, so after training in rainy weather we continued it at the mall or a nice little coffee shop. Something new this time was ‘traffic checks’ [simulating dog’s responses to traffic]. It was a really helpful practice experience, using grocery carts. It helps you know what to do and how you are likely to react, while getting a feel for what the dog’s reaction will be.”
Meet Guide Dog Bina
- DOB: 8/7/18
- Tattoo ID: 3B318
- Color/Breed: Yellow Labrador Retriever
- Gender: Female
- Brood: Asti
- Stud: Ingot
- Littermates: Bea, Brianne, Blanche, Bill, Becky, Balto, Bonnet, Barkley
- Region: Leatherstocking/ Wayne County
- Regional Manager: Joy Hawksby
- Puppy Raiser: Clare M Anderson/Linda DePuy
- Facebook: Guiding Eyes Wayne County Puppy Raisers
- Facebook: Guiding Eyes Leatherstocking Puppy Raisers
Bina was a delightfully spirited, headstrong, and inquisitive pup who kept me on my toes. Bina would always try to “seize the moment!” Although Bina took no interest in swimming, she did enjoy our walks along lakes, rivers and beaches. On one walk along the beach we went to check out what I thought was a log. Bina knew better! The “log” turned out to be a sea lion sleeping! I sadly found myself having to give up raising Bina when she was one year old. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Bina.
Clare Anderson, Puppy Raiser of Bina
Bina was a pleasure to finish raising. I have to give all the credit to her first raiser, Clare Anderson. Bina came with quiet confidence, independence, and a strong work drive. We had fun at nursing homes, schools, libraries, and even weddings. She was calm and loved by all she met. Proud of “the Bean”!
Linda DePuy, Puppy Raiser of Bina
Enjoy these photos of the team and Bina as a Pup on Program
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