Menachem and Sumatra

We thank our generous sponsors:
Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C. is proud to sponsor Menachem and Sumatra’s guide dog training. Craig Ackermann, founding and managing shareholder of A&T, is a friend to Menachem.


Meet Graduate Menachem

Menachem in a Dodgers shirt leans in towards black Lab guide dog SumatraGraduate Team:  Menachem and Sumatra
About the Team:  Sumatra, a male black Lab, is Menachem’s 1st guide dog
Location:  Los Angeles, California
Training:  April Home Training

Menachem received his first guide dog, Sumatra, from Guiding Eyes through Home Training. Growing up in Los Angeles, he has always been a fan of L.A. Dodgers baseball. He experienced the opportunity to work his dream job within the L.A. Dodgers franchise. Menachem believes in staying fit and is training with hopes of competing in the Paralympics and he also enjoys a brisk walk. Having spent the majority of his life as sighted, Menachem’s daily life changed dramatically after losing his sight suddenly as an adult. He is very committed to his relationship with his synagogue, Adas Torah, attending regularly. Living so close to the Hollywood community, he feels passionate about better portrayals of the blind in movies and entertainment.  He enjoys cooking, especially a good steak. 

How would you describe your guide dog? “He’s the best. I’m his favorite plaything! He loves to bring toys to me and play tug of war. Love is the best thing. His love is unconditional.”

What made you decide to apply for a guide dog from Guiding Eyes?  “I liked the aspects of Home Training. I  have Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, (LHON), which is a rare disease, and am grateful my assistant technology teacher, Ismael, recommended Guiding Eyes. I had a good experience with all the people I spoke to from Guiding Eyes.”

How has having a guide dog impacted your life? “Sumatra is the best thing that happened to me since I lost my eyesight.”

Were there any training highlights? “My trainer Melinda! Absolutely. She was willing to be accommodating to my Jewish culture during my training. She was a highlight in so many ways.”

Meet Guide Dog Sumantra

DOB:  4/21/2021
Litter ID: 2X21
Color/Breed:  Black/Labrador Retriever
Gender: Male
Brood: Bettina
Stud: Elrod
Littermates: Edemame, Pea, Lima, Sprout, Garbanzo, Cocoa, Fava
Region:  Eastern MA
Regional Puppy Instructor: Lisa Bumbalo
Puppy Raiser:  Sara Zeigler
Facebook: Eastern Mass Puppy Raisers

From the Puppy Raiser…

Sumatra was my first pup, and it was a highlight of my life to be part of his journey. He is one of the most empathetic, sweet, adventurous little souls I’ve ever known. He would crawl in my lap when I needed a cuddle and accompanied me on countless hikes and trips to the beach – but would work his little bum off when his vest was on. I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes as part of a working team.  ~Sara Zeigler, Puppy Raiser

Photos of the Team…