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Lions Day

Posted 23rd May 2016

25th Salute to the Lions Saturday, July 30, 2016 11:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. Yorktown height, NY

May 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 20th May 2016

Congratulations to all the May Graduates. Our donation to Guiding Eyes is in loving memory of our dearest Alli Cimring, who also dedicated her life to helping others with physical and emotional disabilities. With this gift, we hope to honor her noble work, her love for dogs, and continue her legacy of giving. Zimmet Healthcare […]

Guiding Eyes for the Blind Graduate Continuing Education Seminar

Posted 12th May 2016

Continuing Education Seminar. Click here to learn more about this weekend-long seminar and register.

Spring 2016 Heeling Autism Class

Posted 11th May 2016

Heeling Autism graduates six more dogs with their new families, bringing our total to 75 service dogs actively working with children on the autism spectrum. We wish them luck as they begin this incredible journey! Noel, Cedar, Brandy, Fievel, Mickey, Ricardo Spring 2016 Heeling Autism Staff: Caroline McCabe Sandler, Heeling Autism Program Director Maureen Mellett, […]

Between Dogs

Posted 10th May 2016

Imagine growing into the perfect relationship. Cheek to cheek, shoulder to shoulder, you grow so close to your partner that it feels like you two are puzzle pieces, interlocking to complete one another. The harness buckled makes you one. That’s how it is feels to be in the perfect guide dog team. When you need […]

April 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 22nd April 2016

Emergency Services Fuel Corp. and friends would like to congratulate the graduating teams for April 2016. Special thanks to the staff, volunteers, and puppy raisers of Guiding Eyes for producing such extraordinary dogs. We are deeply humbled to be a part of this day. Best of luck to all of you. Every new beginning comes […]

Guiding Eyes for the Blind 39th Annual Golf Classic

Posted 18th April 2016

Click here for the Golf Raffle page. Click here for the Golf Dinner registration page.

Guiding Eyes President Thomas Panek is once again running in the Boston Marathon

Posted 15th April 2016

Guiding Eyes President Thomas Panek is once again running in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18.  Please support his efforts by donating to Guiding Eyes for the Blind!

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is excited to celebrate National Volunteer Week April 10th to April 16th!

Posted 12th April 2016

In honor of your service as a volunteer with us, we have created this short video to extend a heartfelt thank you on behalf of the Guiding Eyes board and staff.   We are truly fortunate to have your support.  Your dedication and ongoing volunteer commitment enables us to accomplish our goal of providing exceptional […]

Enter to win a 2016 Lexus CT200h F-Sport

Posted 11th April 2016

  For a chance to win a 2016 Lexus CT200h F-Sport, place your raffle ticket order over the phone by contacting Hospitality Resource Group at 914-761-7111. Drawing will take place on June 13, 2016 at the 39th annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic hosted by Eli Manning. All proceeds benefit Guiding Eyes for the Blind, an internationally accredited […]

Local school collects pennies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Posted 30th March 2016

Local school collects pennies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Kathy Nimmer, 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year

Posted 22nd March 2016

March 22, 2016 Kathy Nimmer, 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year, and Guiding Eyes dog Nacho continue Southern Vermont tour.   Kathy Nimmer sitting on school chair and Yellow lab Nacho in harness waits at her feet.

March 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 17th March 2016

Congratulations to all the graduates!  We wish you the very best in your new partnerships as you move into the expanding adventure of life together! Alan and Jean Hammond Congratulations graduates, trainers, volunteers, and guide dogs!  The meaning of the word trust is indescribable when referring to what you have all accomplished.  I wish all […]

Wrangler had an awesome sendoff on Today

Posted 10th March 2016

The Today Crew Bids Farewell to Beloved Guide Dog in Training 

Thursday, March 10 will be Wrangler’s last day on Today

Posted 9th March 2016

  It’s been a wonderful year.  Wrangler will have his In For Training test on Tuesday, March 15.  Please come back to see exciting updates on his progress.

February 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 27th February 2016

Best of luck to all February Graduates from Vista Lewisboro Pack 101 We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our online streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here. Residential Graduates: Mary Ann and Kirstie Susan and Paprika Dannie and Artie Shawna and Erie DeAnna and Kendalee Alexis and Yankee […]

Guiding Eyes pups keep retired Westlake, Ohio Police Department officer busy

Posted 22nd February 2016

Guiding Eyes pups keep retired Westlake, Ohio Police Department officer busy

Eagle Scout Project at Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Posted 4th February 2016

Hello everyone!  My name is Karen McClure and I have been with Guiding Eyes for the Blind since 1994, which is when I met Robert’s mother, Cathy.  We have been friends and colleagues for many years, and so I was thrilled to learn that Robert was interested in completing his Eagle Scout project at Guiding […]

January 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 3rd February 2016

  The Westchester Council of the Blind is proud to sponsor the January 30, 2016 graduation at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Congratulations to all the graduates and puppy raisers in honor of our wonderful Noya girl! Sarah Bolensky “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” Henry David […]

Happy New Year from everyone in the Guiding Eyes Family!

Posted 1st January 2016

Happy New Year from everyone in the Guiding Eyes family—our students and graduates, staff and volunteers! Without your support we couldn’t provide the gift of independence that comes when we create partnerships with our magnificent Guiding Eyes dogs. Thank you!  

CBS to rebroadcast a special report on our Running Guide Program December 24th in the 8 o’clock hour

Posted 24th December 2015

Tune in to the CBS Morning Show on Thursday December 24th, Christmas Eve morning around 8:15am (EST) to view the re-broadcast of a special report on our Running Guide Pilot Program… Guiding Eyes set out to meet the challenge of training a guide dog to navigate obstacles at a faster pace, with the ultimate objective […]

The IRA Charitable Rollover is now Permanent!

Posted 22nd December 2015

A tax incentive known as the IRA Charitable Rollover enables our friends to support Guiding Eyes through a tax-free withdrawal of any amount up  to $100,000 from an individual retirement account (“IRA”), if the withdrawal is transferred directly to our organization. On December 18, 2015, the president signed legislation to extend the IRA  charitable rollover indefinitely. […]

How My Pet Lives New York City

Posted 22nd December 2015

How My Pet Lives New York City  

December 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 21st December 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduating class: Barbara and David Katz The Estate of Cheryl Ann Krull   We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our online streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here. Resident Graduates: Adele Ritchie & Alexandra P Bobbie Marshall & Allison Brenda […]

Raising puppies and changing lives

Posted 20th December 2015

When Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy raiser Lorraine Trapani was faced the incredible loss of her husband, she struggled to rebuild her life. Several years passed and Lorraine delved deeper into a place of despair until one day, a friend of hers who had attended a graduation at the school suggested she consider raising […]

The Season for Giving- Benefits of Donating Securities

Posted 11th December 2015

A gift of appreciated securities to Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a wonderful way to support our renowned guide and service dog programs. If you have owned the securities (stock, bonds or mutual funds) over a year, you will be entitled to a tax deduction for their full value—and you will avoid capital gains […]

Fall 2015 Heeling Autism Class

Posted 11th December 2015

This fall, six Heeling Autism dogs graduated and each one is now making a profound difference in the lives of children on the autism spectrum and their families. Every day, children who have been partnered with these exceptional dogs are making remarkable strides with their professionally trained dogs by their sides. October 2015 Heeling Autism […]

Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Forge Partnership

Posted 6th December 2015

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) provides life-enriching sports opportunities for every individual with visual impairment. Guiding Eyes and the USABA have forged a partnership based on their shared goal of removing boundaries for people with vision loss and challenging accepted notions of independence. This collaboration is timely; Thomas Panek, Guiding Eyes for […]

Vilachá Eyewear® and Guiding Eyes Partner to help support the school’s life-changing work

Posted 26th November 2015

We are very excited to announce our partnership with Vilachá Eyewear® (, a premium independent designer and manufacturer of handcrafted sunglasses based in Europe. As part of this growing company’s social responsibility initiative, they have agreed that for every pair of sunglasses purchased on their web site between November 25th and December 21st using promo […]

November 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 17th November 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduating class: Family and Friends of Jim Guerra Estate of Pamela Horn We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our online streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here.   Richard and Omaha Richard has just received Omaha, a male yellow Labrador […]

Our deepest sympathy and condolences

Posted 17th November 2015

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Robert F. Dall , dedicated and long-standing Board Member of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Mr. Dall passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Rosalie Dall, devoted father to Matthew Dall and Christopher Dall, loyal brother to Janet […]

Happy Birthday Wrangler!

Posted 6th November 2015

If you’ve been keeping up with our local Guiding Eyes celebrity on the TODAY Show, you’ll know that Wrangler turns 1 today – and it’s been quite a year! Every day, under the watchful eye of his puppy raiser Saxon Eastman, he has experienced a range of socialization experiences in studio 1A that are diverse, […]

JP Morgan Chase Lobby Exhibit

Posted 27th October 2015

JPMorgan Chase and Guiding Eyes for the Blind partner for a three-day interactive disability awareness event Guiding Eyes for the Blind is proud to have been selected as part of a three-day interactive lobby exhibit event hosted by JPMorgan Chase – “One Firm, Many Voices: Accessibility Matters” – to celebrate the company’s commitment to people […]

October 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 16th October 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduating class: Carol Parish & Marty Zeldin The Carey Family We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our online streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here. Residential Graduates: Amy & Harmon Angelo & Olga Ann & Mint Dannie & Persia Detrick […]

Guide dog gives blind marathon runner “freedom”

Posted 1st October 2015

Guide dogs have proven that they are more than just “man’s best friend,” offering the greatest assistance to those who are visually impaired. But one special dog is also helping his best friend stay active, reports CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen… directing you to the CBS news video… Page loading… If story does not load […]

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is pleased to announce that the Running Guides Pilot Program first phase is a success.

Posted 30th September 2015

Tune in to the CBS Morning Show on Thursday at 8:15am (EST) to view a special report on our Running Guide Pilot Program… Guiding Eyes set out to meet the challenge of training a guide dog to navigate obstacles at a faster pace, with the ultimate objective of safely guiding a blind handler while running. A […]

Celebrating the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Canine Development Center

Posted 28th September 2015

We have just celebrated a great milestone with the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Guiding Eyes for the Blind Canine Development Center. The vision for a place that supports our groundbreaking work in breeding and early socialization is now a reality, and I couldn’t be prouder of this incredible team effort. The sunny weather […]

September 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 19th September 2015

Click here to view this month’s graduation live. Residential Graduates: Victoria & Radley Natalie & Annie Matthew & Marilyn Andrew & Shade Patrick & Earnhardt Barbara & Lil Mary & Rowena Home Training Program: Kathleen & Frank Susan & Nemo Judith & Olaf Special Needs Program: Charlotte & Maggie Many thanks to our instructors: Melinda […]

Salty, a relative of Wrangler’s, led blind owner to safety from 71st floor on 9/11

Posted 11th September 2015

“That guy Salty will always have a special place in my heart, to see my family grow, to see my daughters grow, to continue to be together with my family — it’s such a gift. Life is a gift… Redirecting to full story…

Give to the Running Guides Pilot Program

Posted 8th September 2015

My name is Richard Hunter and I live outside of Sacramento California. I have a lovely wife of 24 years, and three lovely daughters, 18, 14, and 9. I am losing my vision due to a hereditary eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa. I’ve lost the majority of my vision, but what makes me unique is […]

Blind Ambition: Carving Out a Niche

Posted 3rd September 2015

On Saturday, September 12, Guiding Eyes for the Blind graduate Ron Davidson (of Mount Kisco) will open Blind Ambition: Carving Out a Niche, a solo woodcarving exhibition at the Gallery in the Park in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Presented by Westchester County’s Art in Parks, the exhibition will run through Sunday, November 1. A portion […]

First blind woman to climb Mount McKinley graduates with her seventh guide dog

Posted 27th August 2015

By Guiding Eyes August 2015 Graduate, Joan Phelps Thank you for the time and the effort that you have put into what we have here today. In my home in North West Pennsylvania, I put my hand on the front door and Hampton here will be by my side. I will walk down the sidewalk […]

August 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 22nd August 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: Thrivent Financial a graduation sponsor. The Dean Family a graduation sponsor. We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to watch the August 2015 graduation. Residential Graduates: Elwood & Steve Joan & Hampton Megan & Nathan Richard & Klinger Timothy […]

A big puppy outing in lower New York

Posted 20th August 2015

The Lower Westchester, Westchester, Dutchess, and Orange County Puppy Raising Regions had a great time at their multi-region outing at the famous Red Rooster in Brewster, NY. A total of 24 incredible pups along with their raisers got together for a fun round of miniature golf and socialization activities. These pups-on-program had the opportunity to […]

Meet Wrangler’s new little “sister”

Posted 14th August 2015

It has been a big week for Wrangler, the TODAY puppy. Not because he met big celebrities or had great times on the 30 Rock Plaza (although he did those things too), but because he now has a little sister! On Monday afternoon, Wrangler welcomed 8-week-old female yellow Labrador, Jewel, into his home. Jewel is […]

Guiding Eyes for the Blind Running Guides

Posted 3rd August 2015

It’s just before 8 am at the Guiding Eyes Training Center in Yorktown Heights NY, the dogs in the kennels are just beginning to wake up. As most of the staff and dogs prepare for their morning community run, Klinger, a German Shepherd eagerly jumps into his training van in anticipation of a different kind […]

“Hello World”

Posted 28th July 2015

An Emulation of Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, written by July 2015 Guiding Eyes graduate, Kathy Nimmer In the great big world, There are street crossings And traffic lights And a bundle of challenges for those without sight. And there are worries to drop and mountains to top, And corners to turn and opportunities to […]

July 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 25th July 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: Earl & Maxine Reiss who special named Guiding Eyes Laurence in honor of Laurence Tancredi. Betty Levinson who special named Guiding Eyes Sara. We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to watch the July 2015 graduation. Residential […]

Guiding Eyes partners with Good Reasons

Posted 23rd July 2015

We are thrilled to partner with Good Reasons, a not-for-profit dog treat company located in our own backyard in North Salem, NY, just minutes from Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Training Center. Good Reasons creates delicious and healthy dog treats while providing opportunity and employment for people with autism and other disabilities in an integrated […]

Wrangler visits Boston College

Posted 22nd July 2015

Written by volunteer puppy raiser and staff member, Saxon Eastman  Wrangler had so much fun socializing in Boston that last weekend we decided to go back and have another overnight trip and more new experiences. This time, however, instead of exploring the heart of the city, Wrangler decided to get the college experience and tour […]

Wrangler celebrates 6 months on TODAY

Posted 20th July 2015

It’s been an entire six months since WranglerTODAY came to studio 1A! Wrangler, the male yellow Labrador retriever who aspires to change someone’s life when he becomes a Guiding Eyes guide dog, visits the TODAY set each day and stays for the duration of the show, enjoying many socialization benefits found on the set. This […]

Wrangler meets the minions!

Posted 16th July 2015

One of the many benefits of being the TODAY Show puppy is that Wrangler has the opportunity to be exposed to many novel objects and to meet unusual strangers in Studio 1A.  As a guide dog, Wrangler will come across any number of foreign and distracting objects, but needs to know how to stay focused […]

Guiding Eyes awards Curt Landtroop this year’s President’s Leadership Award

Posted 15th July 2015

On June 16th, the Guiding Eyes Board of Directors recognized Mr. Curt J. Landtroop as the recipient of the 2015 President’s Leadership Award. The Guiding Eyes Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated personal and professional excellence in support of Guiding Eyes mission. Mr. Landtroop was recognized for his longstanding tenure serving on the […]

What independence means to me

Posted 4th July 2015

Written by Guiding Eyes June 2015 graduate Jessie Welch My name is Jessie and I am the proud taller half  of a guide dog team. Orchid was brought into my life three weeks ago when we began training together, and now, I have a story to tell. I was born with one eye. Throughout my […]

Dr. Sandler – 25 Years of Service

Posted 3rd July 2015

Written by Guiding Eyes CEO, Thomas Panek Congratulations to Dr. Jody Sandler for 25 years of service to Guiding Eyes for the Blind. “This is my family” said Dr. Sandler, as he took a moment to pause after a busy morning overseeing surgery on campus here at the Guiding Eyes Veterinary Hospital to take a […]

Wrangler’s first overnight trip!

Posted 30th June 2015

This past weekend, Guiding Eyes’ TODAY pup Wrangler had his first overnight trip to Boston where he experienced new sights and sounds, enhancing his skill set. Wrangler began his weekend adventure by meeting other fellow future guide dog pups in the Eastern Massachusetts puppy raising region and worked on dog distraction during their puppy class. […]

Guiding Eyes CEO and ultra-marathoner run to benefit the organization

Posted 29th June 2015

Imagine running a few miles over the rocks, roots and staircases scattered along the treacherousAppalachian Trail. Now imagine running it without your vision. That’s what Guiding Eyes’ CEO, Thomas Panek, was able to accomplish Wednesday when he joined ultra-marathon runner Scott Jurek on Bear Mountain. Thomas Panek, who has been blind since his early 20s first ran […]

June 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 27th June 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: The Jacksonville Beaches Lions Club. Dr. Etta Eskridge We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to watch the June 2015 graduation. Residential Graduates: Amanie and Tori Kimberly and Krista Lena and Elora Michael and Daquiri Nesa and […]

TODAYpuppy’s Closet

Posted 19th June 2015

How playing dress-up is another step on Wrangler’s journey to become a guide, by volunteer puppy raiser and staff member Saxon Eastman  One of my favorite skills to practice with the puppies I raise is body handling.  It’s important for a guide dog to be comfortable in harness so he can remain focused on the […]

How I Change the World

Posted 2nd June 2015

An original poem from youth volunteer puppy raiser, Kyle Carey, Orange County Region  From eight weeks To 18 months One dog, one volunteer 16 months of house training From sit to stand To heel and close Many commands to teach But this is only the beginning Another six months of professional training to go This […]

My new best friend

Posted 1st June 2015

May graduate Jesus Baeza looks ahead with new guide dog. My name is Jesus Baeza.  I’m from Austin, Texas and I’ve been totally blind for the last 12 years.  I live a pretty active life style; I’m employed full time and on the weekends I play beep ball.  I compete in body building competitions year […]

May 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 30th May 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: We are extremely grateful to an anonymous donor for sponsoring the training of Guiding Eyes Gadget. This gift is in honor of the donor’s friend, Jack Krakowsky. We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to watch the […]

Canine Company Holds Spa Day

Posted 26th May 2015

New guide dogs to receive free grooms in time for graduation ceremony Our May graduating guide dogs cwill be treated to a special “spa day” this Thursday, courtesy of Canine Company, to prepare them for their May 30 graduation ceremony.  Previous graduates have been invited to bring their dogs for a free groom as well. […]

An alternative career with ATF

Posted 22nd May 2015

Guiding Eyes puppy raiser Trish Pannuto describes a recent visit to ATF.   Since 1990, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has trained over 852 explosives detection canines and 224 accelerant detection canines.  Both bomb and arson dogs are capable of detecting a wide range of explosives and ignitable liquids – with sensitivity superior to many […]

TODAY puppy thanks Guiding Eyes supporters

Posted 15th May 2015

On Monday evening, Wrangler and I attended the Guiding Eyes Golf Classic Sponsor Recognition Party.  The event thanks Guiding Eyes’ major supporters and promotes our upcoming golf outing. The Guiding Eyes Golf Classic is held on June 7 & 8 in Mount Kisco, NY and Greenwich, CT.  Day one consists of the Corcoran Cup, considered […]

Yoga at guide dog school

Posted 13th May 2015

Each month, men and women with vision loss travel from around the world to be matched with Guiding Eyes guide dogs.  They spend three weeks at our Yorktown Heights Headquarters and Training Center where they’re taught everything from basic dog care to how to travel safely throughout a variety of different environments.  The days are […]

Spring 2015 Heeling Autism Class

Posted 7th May 2015

We celebrated the graduation of six new Heeling Autism service dogs today. 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 strengthen families’ connections with their communities. Quite simply – they are going to make the […]

Letting hope win

Posted 4th May 2015

My name is Sarah Clark and my new Guiding Eyes dog is Vantage.  I was diagnosed at 17 with Retinitis Pigmentosa and was already legally blind at that point.  This is my second Guiding Eyes dog, and I have to admit that when I retired my first, I honestly didn’t think that I would ever […]

April 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 2nd May 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: Bob Rollman and Cindy Sullivan: “Congratulations to all the graduates, both two-legged and four-legged. We wish you many years of happy work and play together.” Zimmet Healthcare Services Group: “Congratulations to all the May Graduates. Our donation to Guiding Eyes is in loving memory of our […]

Raising a Guiding Eyes Puppy

Posted 29th April 2015

Raising a puppy is an exciting commitment to a furry friend and an incredibly rewarding journey.   While there are ups and downs along the way, there is nothing more meaningful than watching that little pup growing into a guide dog and change someone’s life. Puppy raisers are an integral and invaluable part of the process […]

A Mother’s Day gift that gives back

Posted 28th April 2015

In partnership with Pour le Monde, Spa Heroes is proud to offer a specially priced, limited release of Empower natural perfume as its inaugural Beauty Hero, just in time for Mother’s Day.  $5 from each purchase of Empower will be donated to Guiding Eyes.  Visit the Spa Heroes website to learn more!  

Why I am a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes

Posted 27th April 2015

I was inspired to raise a puppy by a boy named Ethan. Ethan is my nephew, and he lives the life of a special needs teen. I have watched his daily struggles, both celebrating joys and shedding tears for the bumps in the road. I am amazed at his strength, courage and love of others, […]

Mount Kisco Country Club honors Al Maiolo

Posted 25th April 2015

Mount Kisco Country Club teed off its 2015 golf season by honoring 45 year member Al Maiolo, whose contributions to the club and to the community are too numerous to list.  Guiding Eyes has been the beneficiary of Al’s support for 38 years. Al has served on the Golf Classic Committee since the event’s inception […]

Do our dogs REALLY think?

Posted 24th April 2015

by Guiding Eyes graduate Deni Elliott  The question, from a new guide dog user, surprised me. I had heard this question plenty of times from people who don’t know dogs and from some pet dog owners as well. But here was someone worried that she was putting her life in the paws of a salivating, […]

Wrangler’s Canine Friends

Posted 21st April 2015

People frequently ask why Wrangler doesn’t get to play with the dogs that visit the Today Show set, such as Westminster winner Miss. P.  Like most dogs, Wrangler loves a good play date and can romp around with the best of them. However, as a future guide dog, Wrangler has to learn how to play […]

A journey through high school, with Guiding Eyes

Posted 17th April 2015

I was a 14 year old girl in eighth grade, getting ready to enter high school, when a school shooting happened at Chardon High School on February 27, 2012. Chardon was blessed with love and support from all over the United States after the tragedy. Therapy dogs came to school every day for months and […]

Ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek joins Tom Panek for Boston

Posted 15th April 2015

Scott Jurek has announced that he will be acting as a sighted guide for Guiding Eyes President and CEO Thomas Panek.  Jurek’s resume includes victories in nearly all of ultra-running’s elite trail and road events, including the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon, the Miwok 100K, and his signature race, the […]

Wrangler celebrates National Siblings Day

Posted 10th April 2015

It’s National Siblings Day! The “S” litter took a break from training to stop by the 30 Rock plaza in support of Wrangler. Our special TODAY pup was also visited by his own brothers – Woodrow and Webster. Meet WranglerTODAY’s immediate family here and watch the segment here. 

Enjoying Freedom

Posted 8th April 2015

My name is Tom Babinszki and I graduated from Guiding Eyes with yellow Lab Baldwin in November, 2014.  I used a cane confidently for the last twenty years – I grew up in Hungary and have visited more than 20 countries in my lifetime. I was always thinking about getting a guide dog, but it […]

Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day

Posted 2nd April 2015

We’re proud to “light it up blue” every single day in support of families touched by autism. As seen this morning on the TODAY show, learn how the Fontana family’s lives were forever changed when they received autism service dog Echo. Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s autism service dog program provides trained service dogs, free […]

Because of Guiding Eyes…

Posted 31st March 2015

My dog costs as much as a luxury car. That’s three luxury cars over the years – all so that a civil servant can walk to work safely and the people who love her can rest a little easier at night. Every brick, every blade of grass, every staff member who is here in this […]

A happy note from a graduate

Posted 30th March 2015

This morning, I had a doctor’s appointment at the local hospital.  While we were waiting to be called back, a little boy who couldn’t have been more than three came walking through the door with his mom and lit up as soon as he saw Kyle.  He was shy and didn’t exactly know what to […]

March 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 28th March 2015

   Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: Harold Skolnick, who sponsored the training of Guiding Eyes guide dog Eden. Spencer Cox, from SST European Auto Repair in Danbury, CT. We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to watch the March 2015 graduation. Residential Graduates: Edita and […]

Upcoming Events

Posted 23rd March 2015

April 23: Jump for Autism The Rivera family received Heeling Autism Kevin in 2010; they regularly refer to him as their “gift of hope.”  Join the Riveras on Thursday, April 23rd from 5-7pm at Rockin’ Jump (333 Bedford Rd. Mt Kisco, NY).  For more information, contact Joe Rivera at 845.535.7979 or April 26: Team Michelangelo’s […]

Guiding Eyes graduate wins prestigious award

Posted 20th March 2015

Every year, the Yes I Can Award program selects its recipients from hundreds of applicants who shine as scholars, artists, athletes, community volunteers, advocates, technology experts and students who are making the successful transition from school into adult life.  We are proud to share that Guiding Eyes grad Abby Edwards was selected as a 2015 recipient of […]

Support Guiding Eyes through OP4G

Posted 20th March 2015

Opinions 4 Good (OP4G) is an online market research company that provides funding for nonprofits across the country.  Since 2011, Guiding Eyes has received almost $30,000 through its partnership with OP4G. Thank you to everyone who has supported the OP4G initiative over the years!  If you haven’t visited the site in awhile, we encourage you […]

New jacket prompts fun outing

Posted 19th March 2015

Last week at his first “Walk and Talk” evaluation, Wrangler received his puppy jacket.  This jacket allows Wrangler to be an ambassador for Guiding Eyes while he is socializing in public, and lets him become accustomed to the feeling of wearing something on his body. Receiving a puppy jacket is a big milestone for a […]

Running Guides

Posted 18th March 2015

by Guiding Eyes President and CEO Thomas A. Panek When I lost my eyesight, I had to give up my driver’s license, but not my love of going fast.  For people with vision loss, a working guide dog weaves safely through traffic, slows around tight corners, steers clear of obstacles and accelerates smoothly when the […]

Wrangler has a new play space in the TODAY plaza!

Posted 18th March 2015

  The space was built by HGTV’s Property Brothers and will help Wrangler grow comfortable with stairs and a variety of new surfaces – and give him a chance to simply play and enjoy puppyhood. When Wrangler grows out of the equipment, it will be donated to Guiding Eyes’ Canine Development Center to help more […]

Wrangler receives his puppy jacket!

Posted 11th March 2015

Our TODAY show pup experiences this important rite of passage.  

Lessons from Studio 1A

Posted 10th March 2015

As Wrangler’s puppy raiser, I am responsible for teaching him basic skills and house manners and socializing him to everything the world has to offer.   Going to the Today Show offers Wrangler a continual stream of both the familiar and the unfamiliar – and allows me ample opportunity to help him grow into a confident […]

It takes a village…

Posted 4th March 2015

This statement certainly rings true when it comes to raising puppies to become guide dogs.  From the tremendous commitment of a puppy raiser to the important roles of region team members, each person makes an invaluable difference in our puppies’ lives.  We’re also grateful to the veterinarians who donate their services and to the organizations […]

Forever Blessed

Posted 2nd March 2015

My name is Krista Anderson. I am a 45-year-old mother of two from Michigan, and am employed full-time as a clinical psychologist. I love to read, hike and spend time with my kids.  I also happen to be blind. I am honored to share with you my story of blindness and my incredible relationship with […]

February 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 28th February 2015

   Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation:  Judith Collard, sponsor of the training of Guiding Eyes Peppy  – “I wish them all the luck in the world and a long and happy relationship together.” Peggy Nance Lyle, graduation sponsor – “To honor the February 2015 graduates and their service canines.  And to […]

Saxon’s first pup – Boulder

Posted 25th February 2015

The first time I met Boulder was in a parking lot. Another puppy raiser had picked him up at Guiding Eyes and brought him to Massachusetts where I was attending Boston College. When I walked up to the car, there were two little yellow Labrador puppies at a water bowl. One was sitting patiently while […]

Frequently Asked Questions about Wrangler

Posted 18th February 2015

Saxon answers TODAY viewers’ questions via Facebook chat.  

Via Vanti! presents Dining in the Dark

Posted 11th February 2015

On Sunday, March 29, Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mt. Kisco will host its second annual “Dining in the Dark” event from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. to support Guiding Eyes. The unique “blind dining” experience includes a delicious five course tasting menu plus gelato. Guests will be offered blindfolds to test just how discriminating […]

Wrangler’s first month on the TODAY show!

Posted 11th February 2015

TODAY celebrates one month of Wrangler!  

New blog series captures the magic of Guiding Eyes

Posted 5th February 2015

We have always loved the work of Guiding Eyes volunteer and professional photographer Jeff Borkowski!  We’re thrilled about part one of his new “Inside Look” series, which focuses on our Canine Development Center – where the journey of a Guiding Eyes dog begins.

Jarvis takes on the Minnesota snow

Posted 2nd February 2015

Rachel Magario and her new guide dog Jarvis wasted no time testing out the winter booties they had used in training; upon their return to Minnesota where Rachel’s husband and retired guide dog were waiting, they were met by snow and frigid temperatures.  Rachel shares, “Learning routes in a new environment can be overwhelming, but […]

January 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 31st January 2015

 Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: Bunny Wilks and Ephraim Seidman – “Congratulations to all the January 2015 Guiding Eyes for the Blind graduates and their new canine partners. We wish everyone great success. And a special shout out to Gerta and her partner Edna. We wish you lots of happy miles […]

The Challenge of Fake Service Dogs

Posted 30th January 2015

by graduate Deni Elliott Imagine working your way through an airport, focused on finding your gate. Your guide dog is working well. She dodges rolling suitcases and wandering toddlers. As soon as you smell that distinctive combination of hot dogs and overly sweet cinnamon bun, you know you are close. The TSA agent said, “Turn […]

TODAY pup enjoys snowy hotel stay

Posted 28th January 2015

I always have a list of experiences I want to have with my dogs in the back of my mind. Some of the items on this list are more realistic than others. Little did I know the “Blizzard of 2015” would afford me the chance to fulfill one of the experiences I’ve thought about since […]

Kathy Nimmer is a Finalist for National Teacher of the Year!

Posted 23rd January 2015

We announced just a few months ago that Guiding Eyes graduate Kathy Nimmer was named Indiana’s 2015 Teacher of the Year; Now we’re thrilled to share that Kathy is a finalist for the 2015 National Teacher of the Year! “I am incredibly excited to honor Kathy Nimmer,” says Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. […]

Our First Week on TODAY

Posted 21st January 2015

I always knew there would be a puppy #3, but I definitely did not expect that he would be “America’s” puppy.  When I raised my first dog for Guiding Eyes while at Boston College, I thought for sure I was raising the most well known puppy ever. Boulder was the only Guiding Eyes dog on […]

TODAY: Our partner in raising a puppy with a purpose

Posted 20th January 2015

A roundup of video clips starring the #TODAYpuppy – a future Guiding Eyes guide dog.   Jan 19: Savannah Guthrie recaps how the pup spent his weekend at work and play. Jan 16: Saxon joins TODAY to tell us about how our new Puppy with a Purpose has been spending his time, pointing out that […]

A virtual city without curbs

Posted 19th January 2015

by Guiding Eyes President and CEO Tom Panek Imagine you pull up your favorite website and your screen full of output images fades to black. You poke at your device with frustration. A little troubleshooting and your retina-like display reverts to the pixel density of the Commodore 64’s VIC-II. You get frustrated and tap the […]

Guiding Eyes partners with TODAY show!

Posted 12th January 2015

Exciting News: NBC’s TODAY will welcome a Guiding Eyes puppy onto the show on Wednesday, January 14th!   The TODAY anchors and staff will join our puppy raising team in providing a variety of positive socialization experiences for this lucky future guide dog. Our pup will help Matt Lauer read breaking news and assist Al […]

Lifelong learning – and a little magic

Posted 10th January 2015

by Guiding Eyes graduate Deni Elliott In our first full calendar year together, Guiding Eyes Alberta and I have flown more than 100,000 air miles. We’ve walked well over 1,000 miles in harness. We exchange so many subliminal cues that we move as one unit. I think we look like a horse and rider in […]

Ali Fairhurst

Posted 8th January 2015

With great sadness, Guiding Eyes for the Blind announces the passing of our colleague and friend, Alison Fairhurst. Ali loved Guiding Eyes and genuinely cared for our mission and the people we serve.  In her too-short time with us, she made a powerful, lasting impact.  As web and multimedia specialist, she befriended our graduate council […]

Renata is home safely

Posted 28th December 2014

UPDATE: Renata has been found! Thank you all for your support!  German shepherd guide dog “Renata” is missing from her visually impaired handler’s home in Winter Haven, FL.   She weighs approximately 65lbs, has an AVID chip and is very friendly. Renata is not just a beloved dog; she serves as Robert Jardine’s “eyes” and provides […]

Thanks to your help…

Posted 27th December 2014

Dear Friends: We wanted to take a moment to express our appreciation for all that you have done to support the work of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Thanks to your help, over 150 graduates completed training in 2014 and have been able to embrace life more confidently with a Guiding Eyes dog by their […]

Did someone say rollover?

Posted 22nd December 2014

As you can imagine, the word “rollover” gets plenty of attention in a dog-friendly place like Guiding Eyes for the Blind.   But we’re not talking about that kind of “rollover.”  This time, we mean the IRA Charitable Rollover. On December 16, Congress retroactively extended the provision for 2014—and it will expire again at year-end. Supporters […]

Banfield Charitable Trust supports Guiding Eyes

Posted 17th December 2014

We gratefully acknowledge the Banfield Charitable Trust for its $5,000 grant towards veterinary care for working Guiding Eyes guide dogs. A grant from Banfield Charitable Trust will be used to make payments to veterinarians who provide medical care or treatment to working guide dogs.  The grant is driven by the Trust’s desire to provide for […]

ADA Laws and In-Laws

Posted 15th December 2014

Another holiday season is upon us.  I experience mixed emotions as I pack dog food and toys for my time on the road with Guiding Eyes Alberta. On one hand, maneuvering around public spaces seems to get easier every year. The flight attendants on Delta Airlines know us by name and it’s been some time […]

December 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 13th December 2014

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: We are extremely grateful for Louis Bouchard’s generous support of the Special Needs home training of his daughter M.J., who received Guiding Eyes Zed. The family of Dolores Pati: In memory of Dolores Pati, her family would like to extend heartfelt congratulatory wishes to this […]

A Holiday Offer from our friends at Cloud Star

Posted 11th December 2014

Cloud Star is proud to be the Official Training Treat Partner for the dogs at Guiding Eyes! The company is extending a special holiday offer for friends of Guiding Eyes; from now through December 31st, receive 25% off your Cloud Star order by using coupon code: guidingeyes25. Cloud Star has been producing wholesome products for […]

Donating Securities – A Tax-wise Year End Gift

Posted 11th December 2014

A gift of appreciated securities to Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a wonderful way to support our renowned guide and service dog programs.  If you have owned the securities (stock, bonds or mutual funds) over a year, you will be entitled to a tax deduction for their full value—and you will avoid capital gains […]

Support Guiding Eyes through the holidays

Posted 9th December 2014

Shopping? Use AmazonSmile, Ebay or Goodsearch and a portion of your proceeds will support our mission! Searching for holiday cards? Visit Cards for Causes, where 20% of your purchase supports Guiding Eyes. Also, check out the Guiding Eyes store for cards and a variety of dog-themed gifts! Need a new perfume? Pour le Monde’s EMPOWER fragrance gives back to Guiding Eyes all year long. From […]

Happy Giving Tuesday!

Posted 2nd December 2014

This year, Guiding Eyes provided 150 guide dogs to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and 12 service dogs to families with children with autism. We also supported more than 1,000 active guide and service dog users around the world.  Your gifts allow our graduates to expand their horizons and achieve their goals. DONATE […]

Thankful for rainbows

Posted 26th November 2014

Today I want to express how thankful I am to Guiding Eyes for the Blind – the puppy raisers, instructors and those that donate.  My husband David has gotten three guide dogs from there and it is amazing what they do.  I love watching his current guide dog, Michael, put his head in the harness […]

Guiding Eyes partners with evoJets

Posted 20th November 2014

Private jet charter company evoJets will support Guiding Eyes via their Donate When Dogs Fly program!  Many private jet travelers utilize the flexibility of their charter flights to bring along family pets or to transport injured or at-risk animals. For every charter flight which features a dog on the passenger manifest, evoJets has agreed to donate a […]

November 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 17th November 2014

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: We are grateful for Harold Skolnick’s generosity to sponsor the training of Guiding Eyes Baldwin. The parents of graduate Shari Gooter are proud to sponsor this graduation in honor of their daughter and her Guiding Eyes dogs – Hopper, Frisco, Gemma and Shari’s new dog, […]

And we will do it all over again

Posted 10th November 2014

This week our family will say goodbye to our fourth guide dog puppy.  This will be no easy task, as Nacho has become part of the family over the past year and a half. Our family was charged with teaching Nacho the important skills he would need to one day be a guide dog, and […]

Adventures of Gus: NYC Marathon

Posted 7th November 2014

Gus hopped up as my phone came to life at 1:00am with a text message read aloud that said: “Due to high winds, we are reducing the amount of tenting, directional signage and other structures at the marathon staging areas at the start, along the course and at the finish. “ Gus went back to […]

Congratulations Kathy Zubrycki!

Posted 3rd November 2014

On Monday, Oct 27, the New York chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired presented Guiding Eyes VP of Training Programs Kathy Zubrycki with its Meritorious Achievment.  The award is given to someone whose work has had an exceptional impact on the blind community. As she accepted the […]

Another special Guiding Eyes day

Posted 29th October 2014

I had the recent honor of attending the Connecticut State Police graduation ceremony for Guiding Eyes dog Nacoma, who will have the distinction of being the first arson detection dog in the state of Rhode Island. Nacoma was raised in the Capital region by Katerina Wehe, a sophomore in high school. I watched as Nacoma […]

CEO Tom Panek to run NYC Marathon for Guiding Eyes

Posted 24th October 2014

When I could no longer see well enough to walk down the street, a great gift was given to me.  I put my trust in a yellow Labrador and could once again navigate the world on my own.  Today I have a guide dog named Gus. A Guiding Eyes dog gives me and many others the […]

My guide dog – and so much more

Posted 22nd October 2014

by graduate Donna Shapiro After my first walk with Nell, I realized that I haven’t been able to “see” that well since childhood.  It felt so natural, easy and relaxing.   Together, we will take the train to yoga class and practice our downward facing dog.  I will enjoy daily tasks like going to the farmers […]

October 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 18th October 2014

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: Linda Connelly: Congratulations to all the new guide dog teams graduating today. I would like to thank Chevron Humankind for sponsoring this graduation on my behalf. I was inspired to become a Guiding Eyes volunteer in memory of my beloved golden retriever, Sandy. Embrace your […]

Heeling Autism Challenge a Success

Posted 13th October 2014

Dear Friends: I am pleased to announce the challenge to raise $100,000 for the autism service dog program at Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been successful! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, and the special support of the Fontana family who received Heeling Autism dog Echo, the message to raise funds was embraced. […]

Upcoming Events

Posted 10th October 2014

October 18th, 2014 – Cold Spring Lions presents Strut Your Pup: This event raises community awareness and funds for Guiding Eyes’ Heeling Autism program.  Participants will walk from the Cold Spring Firehouse to Saint Mary’s Church Lawn. More info on Strut Your Pup. Also October 18th, 2014 – Graduation: We celebrate our October guide dog teams […]

The Pennsylvania Challenge

Posted 10th October 2014

The George T. Walker Charitable Fund of The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Challenge will help us raise $180,000 to support Pennsylvania residents who are blind or visually impaired. Funds raised will defray the expenses associated with providing a professionally trained Guiding Eyes dog to those who are blind as well as ongoing services available to […]

Jewelry that gives back

Posted 3rd October 2014

Wind & Fire Jewelry is an eco-sustainable company with all of products made in the USA.  Owners Frank and Nina Fiasconaro believe in giving back and supporting their community through donating a portion of profits to charities that support children with disabilities. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the Wind and Fire paw […]

Guiding Eyes Appoints Chief Operations Officer

Posted 1st October 2014

Guiding Eyes has promoted Hopewell Junction resident Dr. Jody Sandler, DVM, to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Formerly the organization’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Sandler has been a Guiding Eyes team member since 1990. As COO, Dr. Sandler will oversee key operations at Guiding Eyes’ main campus in Yorktown Heights as well as at its […]

Thoughts from our Puppy Raisers

Posted 29th September 2014

Why raise a Guiding Eyes puppy?  The dogs are amazing.  We are continually thanked for raising them but I always want to thank Guiding Eyes for allowing them to be part of our lives.  There are no words to describe how proud we are of Amos.  His accomplishment brings tears to my eyes and a […]

Fall 2014 Heeling Autism Class

Posted 26th September 2014

Six service dogs graduated with new families today.  They’ll head out into the world this week, joining the 55 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 […]

Wanted: Home Litter Care Volunteers

Posted 23rd September 2014

Home litter care volunteers foster our broods and their pups for approximately five weeks.  They provide a safe, loving home environment and practice gentle massage and progressive socialization with the puppies.  All necessary equipment and training is provided. Ideally a Home Litter Care Volunteer will: Live within one hour of the Canine Development Center in […]

Forever changed

Posted 18th September 2014

by graduate Donna Elliott When I first came to Guiding Eyes,  I was a small town, middle-aged wife, mother and grandmother, who had never been away from home before.  I worked from home and went few places alone unless I was walking in my neighborhood.  Anywhere else, I was accompanied by my husband or a […]

September 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 13th September 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s class: We are extremely grateful for Harold Skolnick’s generosity to sponsor the training of Guiding Eyes Watson. We also thank the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: “In loving memory of my son, Walter P. Wagner. Your spirit is with us on this special day.” […]

A World of Possibilities through Alberta

Posted 12th September 2014

by Guiding Eyes graduate Deni Elliott I try to tell myself that sometimes it’s not all about the dog. For example, I wanted to learn to play golf. With my loss of vision, I yearn for new ways to be in contact with my body and its boundaries. Then, after a year of my failed […]

My Life with JJ

Posted 4th September 2014

I was teamed with JJ in October, 2012.  I’m sure he had no idea what he was getting into!  Since then, he has been adopted as a member of a Fur Trade re-enactment organization and has been traveling in canoes, guiding me through large colonial encampments and listening to fifes, drums, and canons – to […]

How volunteers help Guiding Eyes create miracles

Posted 29th August 2014

by graduate Deni Elliott There is no doubt that Guiding Eyes creates miracles.  Few people can declare, “We’re together forever!” just a few weeks after meeting a potential partner. Even fewer relationships have the long-term success rate of Guiding Eyes matches.  A summer visit from Alberta’s puppy raisers reminded me that Guiding Eyes’ miracle-making is […]

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 […]


Posted 22nd August 2014

They say “You’re matched”, I knew they would, You gave it your all, to be the best you could. For you were born – a selected few, With such an important job to do. Safari, you came to me, that special day, A bundle of joy, just wanting to play. We played, we worked, we […]

Thank you Camp Hillard!

Posted 20th August 2014

Camp Hillard staff and campers have raised funds for Heeling Autism throughout the 2014 summer season. Today, service dogs in training Belinda and Raphael joined vice president Sue Dishart to accept the camp’s summer donation – a check for $28,003! The camp’s incredible support will go a long way in helping us match more life-changing […]

A whole new world of possibilities

Posted 18th August 2014

An excerpt from Catherine Hall’s August 2014 graduation speech  We’ve all come to Guiding Eyes with different experiences.  Some of us are just starting out on our life journey – going away to college for the first time.  Others of us are preparing to enter the workforce, while still others have well-established careers and families. […]

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 […]

A Robin Williams memory

Posted 12th August 2014

About 14 years ago, Kathy Zubrycki and Graham Buck visited the Today Show set with a black Lab guide dog in training named Bernie.  On the agenda for the morning: Bernie was to guide weather anchor Al Roker through Rockefeller Center to show how Guiding Eyes dogs can navigate the challenging terrain of New York […]

Adventures of Gus: Summer Vacation

Posted 12th August 2014

by Thomas A. Panek, Guiding Eyes President & CEO The next time someone asks what you’re doing on your time off and you can respond that you have no plans, consider volunteering at Guiding Eyes as a Home Socializer.   These are volunteers who bring home six to eight week old puppies for two to five […]

If it weren’t for this dog…

Posted 11th August 2014

Deni Elliott, D.Ed., Chair of USFSP’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies, has been awarded a coveted appointment on the Fulbright Specialist Roster. This means, that for a period of five years, Elliott is eligible to share her expertise in digital communication ethics with professional organizations and institutions of higher education throughout the world with Fulbright […]

A Maverick Way of Staying Calm

Posted 6th August 2014

Author: Hannah Vick, Assistant External Affairs Officer, Joint Information Center, New York Hurricane Sandy Maverick was released from Guiding Eyes as a puppy, yet his work as a therapy dog helped countless of people through challenging times.  His story is yet another example of how all Guiding Eyes dogs make a difference – regardless of […]

What Bentley Means To Me

Posted 1st August 2014

by Guiding Eyes graduate Jywanza Maye (for Jane Sobel Klonsky’s Project Unconditional) Bentley means independence, confidence and companionship. I became blind at 14 and got my first guide dog at 17.  Before I had Bentley, I didn’t travel much, hardly went out and was afraid to go out alone. However, since getting a guide dog, […]

White Plains Safety Day

Posted 28th July 2014

Guiding Eyes and Bunge Limited partnered to host the first White Plains Kids Safety Day on Wednesday, July 23rd.  Bunge Limited Communications Manager Jonathan Hotz shares, “Guiding Eyes service dogs are a fixture in the White Plains community. We’re pleased to have Guiding Eyes as a partner in this program to help kids stay safe.” […]

Adventures of Gus: Part 4 – Viva Las Vegas

Posted 22nd July 2014

by Tom Panek, Guiding Eyes CEO Gus and I flew to Las Vegas last week to participate in the American Council of the Blind’s “Let’s Make a Deal” conference. The annual gathering attracted nearly 1,500 blind and visually impaired people, including entrepreneurs, students, teachers, rehabilitation professionals, attorneys, guide dog schools, parents and the Guiding Eyes […]

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 […]

Project Unconditional: Kathy & Elias

Posted 17th July 2014

by Guiding Eyes grad Kathy Nimmer, for Jane Sobel Klonsky’s Project Unconditional  Elias is the fearless beacon in my world.  From the moment he walked into my life as my third guide dog, he has been unflappable. Through times of blessing and challenge, he has remained calm and stable. Though our partnership daily brings us […]

Heeling Autism Visits Katie Couric

Posted 15th July 2014

Heeling Autism mom Eileen Muniz spoke to Katie Couric about her three children with autism – and the impact service dog Randy has had on their lives.   Later in the show Katie chats with program director Caroline Sandler about the process of raising and training these special dogs. View the videos online: Part 1: […]

A Challenge for Heeling Autism

Posted 11th July 2014

As parents of a child with autism we ask you to please join our challenge to raise $100,000 to support Heeling Autism. The program has not only changed our lives, but the lives of 54 other families with children with autism as well. We could never have imagined that out of such grief and heartache our family could receive […]

I felt free for the first time

Posted 3rd July 2014

by June 2014 graduate Danielle Burton Willa is my first guide dog and she has already begun to change my life.  I applied for a guide dog because I felt that traveling with a cane was too slow and time consuming.  I was also very nervous when crossing streets by myself because I am deaf-blind […]


Posted 29th June 2014

by June 2014 graduate Elaine Mara Wow! What an adventure this has been! I am certainly not the person I was when I arrived at Guiding Eyes just three short weeks ago. In those weeks, I transformed from a timid, fearful traveler into a confident young woman and can walk with pride in myself 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 […]

Raising money for grandpa’s guide dog school

Posted 2nd June 2014

Dear Friends: My name is Bill Vignola and my dog is Warren and we graduated from Guiding Eyes last November.  This was a tremendous experience for me to witness firsthand; I was amazed at the dedication that everyone has at Guiding Eyes. My granddaughter, Hadley, 10 years old, has spoken to me for months about […]

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 […]

The Language of Love

Posted 20th May 2014

by graduate Deni Elliott It starts with the click of a toenail on the wood floor next to my bed. A half-hour before the alarm, Alberta starts our morning ritual, tapping in place. Then, she lets out a loud Labby yawn, a snort and a shake. “Okay, you can come up,” I mumble through my […]

Your Guiding Eyes dog can be a star…

Posted 16th May 2014

We’re always looking for great photos of Guiding Eyes dogs for our marketing materials. Photos should have the highest resolution possible (300 dpi). They can have one or more puppies or dogs in them, and group and multi-generational shots are especially needed. Themed photos are extremely helpful.  Right now we’re looking for: Patriotic shots  Autumn […]

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 […]

Achieving greatness – Pat Browne Jr.

Posted 10th May 2014

A message from the United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA): Over the years, several USBGA members have exhibited great talent in the game of golf — names like Charley Boswell and Joe Lazaro — but none more talented than Pat Browne, Jr. We take great pride that Pat has been nominated for induction into the […]

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 […]

Leila and Lessons of Love

Posted 8th May 2014

by volunteer puppy raiser Susan Fuller, from her blog on  Fuller by Design. They say it takes a village to raise a child and for sure the same thing can be said about raising a service dog, particularly one trained to help an autistic child. Last week we celebrated with that village.  Thank god there […]

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 […]

Janice goes to college

Posted 1st May 2014

by volunteer puppy raiser Elora Hixon Well it is official… Janice went down to Guiding Eyes on Saturday the 20th to prepare for her big evaluation the following Tuesday.  My sister and I traveled down Saturday, dropped her and another region dog off and stayed in Connecticut with my mom until Janice had her test. […]

Five Questions with… Graham Buck

Posted 29th April 2014

Position: Assistant Director of Training 1)  Favorite color, food and TV show, years at Guiding Eyes: Blue, spaghetti and meatballs, Royal Pains, 25 years (wow!) 2)  How did you become interested in the guide dog field? I started my career working in veterinary hospitals, shelters and ultimately in a wildlife rehabilitation facility.  I knew I […]

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 […]

Car and Bike Show to Benefit Guiding Eyes

Posted 17th April 2014

by volunteer Cathy Capasso Five years ago, I got together with fellow car and motorcycle enthusiasts to figure out how to make a difference for animals and their people. Team Michelangelo’s Annual Charity Car & Motorcycle Show was formed. I grew up in White Plains and had known about Guiding Eyes since I was a […]

A Mother’s Day Gift that Gives Back

Posted 15th April 2014

Pour Le Monde®’s Empower perfume is an all-natural fragrance with a crisp, sparkling blend of citrus top notes interspersed with an herbaceous mix of spearmint, lemongrass and basil. A dry down of subtle woods make Empower clean and contemporary. The name was chosen in recognition of Guiding Eyes’ mission to provide dogs that empower the blind, visually […]

Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs in May

Posted 14th April 2014

For Guide and Service Dog Users: The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists invites service animals to receive complimentary eye examination screenings conducted by board certified veterinary ophthalmologists.  Ophthalmologists participating in the 7th annual “ACVO National Service Dog Eye Examination” event will donate their time to provide free examinations across the US and Canada during the […]

Adventures of Gus: Part 2 – The Late Night Show

Posted 10th April 2014

by Guiding Eyes president and CEO Tom Panek You may have heard that in 2015, David Letterman will retire from his long-running gig of hosting the Late Show. As the show featured many “not so smart” pet tricks, Guiding Eyes dog Gus and I needed to weigh in on the ability of dogs to be […]

Thank you Cloud Star!

Posted 8th April 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Cloud Star  – an all-natural dog treat company based in San Luis Obispo, California – has become our Official Training Treat Partner for the next 12 months!  Cloud Star has been producing wholesome products for dogs for more than a decade and is committed to giving back to organizations […]

Guiding Eyes Graduate Named Teacher of the Year!

Posted 5th April 2014

The Tippecanoe School Corporation has named Kathy Nimmer, an English and creative writing teacher at William Henry Harrison High School, as its Teacher of the Year. Nimmer has been teaching at Harrison High School since 1992. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Trinity Christian College and a master’s degree in English from Purdue […]

Adventures of Gus – Part One

Posted 3rd April 2014

by Guiding Eyes President & CEO, Tom Panek You may remember the iconic mouse named Gus-Gus who saves Cinderella and becomes royalty. Well, I am proud to introduce my new Guiding Eyes dog named Gus! Like in the movie when that little mouse overcomes all obstacles, Guiding Eyes Gus is loyal. His number one priority […]

EMS and Service Dogs

Posted 28th March 2014

Updated 10.20.14 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires hospitals and first responders to modify their practices as necessary to ensure that service dog users are provided with the same assistance as their peers. EMS providers must be prepared to safely transport service dogs alongside their handlers. The ADA defines a service animal as any […]

Black and Tan Labrador Retrievers

Posted 26th March 2014

“Is that a Rottweiler?” Black and tan coloring in Labrador Retrievers is due to a recessive gene that each parent must contribute. When both parents have contributed the gene, the pup has lighter tan colored fur above the eyes, around the muzzle, on the chest and legs. Another gene found in Labradors causes tan speckling […]

March 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 22nd March 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Loretta Sih Robinson, sponsor of the March graduation. “My close friend, Deni Elliott, and her Guiding Eyes dog, Alberta, are both recent graduates of the Guiding Eyes program and have benefited from the love, care, training, and special expertise there. I have seen that […]

Letter from a Grateful Grandson

Posted 20th March 2014

Dear Guiding Eyes for the Blind: My name is Kerry Corboy, and I am a physician from California. My grandmother (Flora Mann) was blind though I never knew her as she died when I was a toddler.  I have a few friends who are blind or visually impaired and I am disabled myself due to […]

Bear With Me

Posted 18th March 2014

by Guiding Eyes graduate Paul Ellner While flying Search and Rescue missions for the Civil Air Patrol, my landings began to get bumpier, and I was diagnosed with AMD. Age-related Macular Degeneration is a progressive retinal disease that causes most of the blindness in the U.S. My flying days were over. I poured myself into […]

Connection and Separation

Posted 13th March 2014

by Guiding Eyes graduate Deni Elliott A year after graduating with Guiding Eyes Alberta, I recognize the connection in our guide relationship, but also notice the moments of separation needed for our partnership. The move from unfamiliarity to habit happened gradually. Days became weeks and then months of routine that wove us together: Park, feed, […]

Ways to Support Guiding Eyes

Posted 3rd March 2014

Ongoing through June 6th: Guiding Eyes Golf Classic RAFFLE  Support Guiding Eyes by purchasing a ticket to win a Lexus IS 250 or a men’s Rolex watch.  The drawing will be held on Monday, June 9 at the Guiding Eyes Golf Classic. Your support will help us to pay it forward, and continue to enable […]

Boundless Horizons

Posted 28th February 2014

by Guiding Eyes graduate Dolores Cimini When I was waiting to be matched with my new Guiding Eyes dog in June of 2006, I heard one of the dogs whistling excitedly from down the long hallway.  I wondered, “Who will that very talkative guide dog be matched with?”   Of course -I got her! And, […]

Photo Contest Winners

Posted 26th February 2014

The results are in, and we’re proud to announce the winners of our Canine Company sponsored photo contest! With so many fantastic entries, the judges had an extremely difficult time picking their favorite photos. Congratulations to the winners! Guiding Eyes Dog Category 1st – Baylor 2nd – Biscuit 3rd – Madeline Honorable Mentions Coral Gabriel […]

February 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 25th February 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Judith Collard, sponsor of the training of Guiding Eyes Marigold. “I wish them all the luck in the world and a long and happy relationship together.” Sally Stokhamer, annual graduation sponsor Breken Elwood-Etherington, February graduation sponsor. “In thanks of service dogs everywhere and those […]

White Cane to Guide Dog

Posted 20th February 2014

by Guiding Eyes graduate Deni Elliott I traded a white cane for a guide dog. The world became a bigger place. Perceptions changed from pity to admiration. The contrast between partnering with my dog and poking at the world with a stick was a personal paradigm shift. I tried to adjust to different circumstances by […]

A Day in the Life: Sharing the Warmth

Posted 10th February 2014

Ann Chiappetta is a mom, wife and therapist from New York.  She typically travels through life at a high rate of speed, always accompanied by Guiding Eyes dog Verona.  This post is an excerpt from Ann’s own blog – It was snowing when we left for Guiding Eyes, big soft flakes that didn’t stick on […]

Misconceptions about Guide Dogs

Posted 7th February 2014

Guiding Eyes graduate Brian Fischler’s article was originally published on Dogster on February 5th; the text below is an excerpt.   5. Guide dogs are like taxi drivers No, Nash doesn’t know what subway stop I need. He’s not magic. People assume that I just tell my guide dog where I want to go and it’s […]

PHOTO CONTEST sponsored by Canine Company

Posted 5th February 2014

This may seem obvious, but at Guiding Eyes, we’re crazy about dogs, and we absolutely LOVE photographs of dogs working, playing and simply enjoying life. Our first photo contest of 2014 opens TODAY, February 5th and closes on February 19th.  Photos will be judged by Guiding Eyes staff and winners will be announced via Facebook and […]

Q&A with Puppy Bowl star Benton

Posted 2nd February 2014

Q: Benton, how does it feel to be a star? A: It feels pretty good!  I’d like to give a shout out to Tracey, my best bud, “back up” puppy and companion for the trip to the Puppy Bowl. Q: Where did your family watch the game? A: My family of volunteer puppy raisers watched […]

A Graduate’s Poem

Posted 2nd February 2014

Guiding Eyes graduate Zerline Johnson recently retired guide dog Margo.  She shares these thoughts as she awaits meeting her new companion in an upcoming class.  It’s time for my new baby It’s time for my new baby! I miss the warmth and pressure of that body leaning against my leg, head in lap and eyes […]

The Journey to Work

Posted 31st January 2014

A poem by graduate Pam Garde How four legs and one heart makes the journey to work so much safer… She wakes me with a kiss, and some whimpers to boot It means, “Mom, get up,” and oh, what a hoot. We run down the stairs and park, feed, water and park It’s only after 6 […]

Raising a Puppy Bowl Star

Posted 29th January 2014

We recently caught up with Heidi Surette, the volunteer puppy raiser for Puppy Bowl star and future guide dog, Benton.   Guiding Eyes: What inspired you to raise a Guiding Eyes puppy? Heidi: My inspiration is my dad, Paul.  My dad is blind and lived a very active life.  He was employed as a piano […]

Cecil Williams Returns to Guiding Eyes

Posted 29th January 2014

Westchester County, NY (January 28, 2014) – On Saturday, January 25, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, known around the globe as one of the foremost guide dog schools, celebrated the graduation of Cecil Williams and Guiding Eyes Godiva, a two-year old yellow Lab and successor guide for Orlando, who received widespread praise across the globe […]

January 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 25th January 2014

A special recognition and thanks to our Annual Graduation Sponsor, Sally Stokhamer   “We are sponsoring the January 2014 graduation to celebrate all guide dog teams and in honor and recognition of the human dog partnerships that have developed and blossomed because of the Guiding Eyes family. We want to thank Guiding Eyes for the […]

Guiding Eyes Names New President and CEO

Posted 24th January 2014

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, known around the globe as one of the foremost guide dog schools, has announced that William D. Badger, the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer, will retire after a twenty-year tenure. A new President and CEO, Thomas A. Panek, will join Guiding Eyes on February 18, 2014. Badger will begin […]

Celebrating Bill Badger’s Retirement!

Posted 23rd January 2014

The Board of Directors of Guiding Eyes for the Blind has announced that William D. Badger, the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer, plans to retire. The board will work diligently to ensure a smooth transition of leadership and is proud that the overall quality and dedication of the entire staff at every level is the best […]

Janice has an IFT date

Posted 22nd January 2014

Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season! Janice and I have been super busy with the festivities, along with school and preparation for my father’s wedding.  We participated in several walks for charity, including one that supported Relay for Life and another for The Iris Network, a Portland based charity providing rehabilitation to […]

Congratulations Charley Tipps!

Posted 21st January 2014

Grad Charley Tipps works as a rehabilitation specialist in Oklahoma.  His best bud, guide dog Hobbs, is never far from his side. Charley was recently recognized for “outstanding achievement, dedication and leadership in the field of rehabilitation teaching” by the Mid America Conference of Rehabilitation Teachers. Congratulations Charley – we’re grateful for what you do! […]

Proud to be a Puppy Raiser

Posted 11th January 2014

by volunteer Cheryl Lawyer As puppy raisers, we do the best we can do to help these furry kids grow up to prepare for their future careers as guide dogs for the blind.  But as we all know – there are no guarantees in life. Not all Guiding Eyes dogs become guides.  When pups go […]

A Well-Trained Guide Dog

Posted 9th January 2014

Guiding Eyes grad Arthur Krieck wrote the article below for the New York Times as a Metropolitan Diary item.  You can check out the original story here.   Dear Diary: I’m a legally blind, native New Yorker, a musician by training and profession. I’ve lived here, gone to school here and worked here all my […]

Theme Parks a Walk in the Park for Guide Dogs

Posted 8th January 2014

by Guiding Eyes graduate Deni Elliott Theme parks and guide dogs might not seem like a compatible match. But, if you are a guide dog user within a few hours of Orlando, as I am, or within a half-day’s drive of any amusement park, some visitor is sure to make such a place an essential […]

Dining in the Dark at Via Vanti

Posted 8th January 2014

On Sunday, January 26, from 1PM until 4PM, Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mt.Kisco will host “Dining in the Dark,” Westchester’s first of its kind “blind dining” experience to support Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  A delicious 5-course tasting menu plus gelato will be served.  Guests will be offered blindfolds to test just how […]

Guiding Eyes Lab in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl!

Posted 3rd January 2014

Benton will one day provide a blind or visually impaired person with life changing independence.  However, before he becomes a guide dog, (drum roll please…) we’re excited to announce his participation in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X! Guiding Eyes Benton is unique in this year’s Puppy Bowl starting lineup; he started his life at our […]

Cheers to a New Year!

Posted 31st December 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, many people will reflect on the year gone by. At Guiding Eyes, we celebrate the every day miracles that happen in the lives of those touched by our mission. Our graduates continue to reach new goals with their dogs by their sides; they are attending college, finding jobs, writing […]

Guide Dogs’ Night Before Christmas

Posted 23rd December 2013

Twas the night before Christmas and the kennels were still, with most dogs asleep having eaten their fill. The Labs were sprawled out, quite snug in their beds, while visions of NylaBones danced in their heads. The Goldens and Shepherds curled up on the floor – some twitched in their sleep, some started to snore. […]

Cecil and Orlando

Posted 20th December 2013

12/20 11:25am EST – Happily Ever After, the story of Cecil and Orlando as reported by The NY Daily News. 12/19 7:40pm EST – Notable video clips and news stories: Orlando’s trainer, Jessy DiNapoli, on Good Day New York  News12 visits Guiding Eyes Headquarters and Training Center to observe guide dog training. CNN reports on […]

Graduate Assistance Funds Support Every Day Miracles

Posted 20th December 2013

The story of Cecil and Orlando is a true holiday miracle.  The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and we’ve had many questions from people who would like to help. While contributions are no longer needed to assist Orlando, we are thankful to those who have chosen to support the ongoing mission of Guiding Eyes […]

The Ripple Effect – Leila

Posted 17th December 2013

We know that our guide dogs and autism service dogs provide independence and mobility, but we are regularly reminded of how ALL Guiding Eyes dogs make people’s lives better.  This note was sent in over Thanksgiving by Elizabeth Irving, adopter of retired guide dog, Leila: “I just wanted to shoot you an email update on […]

Grainger Team Members Support Guiding Eyes

Posted 12th December 2013

Team Members from Grainger’s Elmsford location donated their time and talent to detail Guiding Eyes’ fleet of vehicles.  With elbow grease and high energy, the Grainger team tidied up vehicles in order to make transport more comfortable for students, their dogs and professional training staff.  The costs savings for Guiding Eyes was significant.  Detailing a […]

A Day in the Life: Linda Hunt & Ada

Posted 11th December 2013

Dear Guiding Eyes, Thank you for an ordinary day. Yesterday, after breakfast and obedience for Ada, our journey began with Ada locating the bus stop for a trip downtown to Starbucks.   Then we took another bus trip to my church to peel apples for pies for the upcoming bazaar.  Ada’s manners were impeccable while […]

Lee Nordin

Posted 9th December 2013

With great sadness, Guiding Eyes for the Blind announces the passing of our colleague, mentor and friend, Lee Nordin. Lee’s career at Guiding Eyes began in 1999.  As Director of Canine Development, she was the driving force behind Guiding Eyes’ STEP program, the relationship-based approach to training our puppies.  The program has prompted global change […]

A Day in the Life: Another Dog Guide Adventure

Posted 6th December 2013

by graduate Ann Chiappetta Ann Chiappetta is a mom, wife and therapist from New York.  She typically travels through life at a high rate of speed, always accompanied by Guiding Eyes dog Verona.  This post is an excerpt from Ann’s own blog – We set out to get a bite to eat for lunch, an […]

Shopping in support of Guiding Eyes

Posted 4th December 2013

Here are a few ways you can shop for the holidays while supporting Guiding Eyes: Two’s Company Warehouse Sale Two’s Company is well-known for its home decor, fashion accessories and gifts.  From Wednesday, December 4 through Saturday, December 7th, shop at the Elmsford warehouse to receive incredible discounts off designer items, with 50% of the […]

2014 Graduation Ceremonies

Posted 3rd December 2013

Graduation ceremonies mark the culmination of a new guide dog team’s training, but also the beginning of their life-changing journey together.   The ceremonies begin at 1:15 pm and are approximately one hour long.  A tour of the kennel follows.  All are open to the public; for additional information, contact Mark your calendars… here are the […]

November/December 2013 Graduate Class

Posted 30th November 2013

Special recognition and thanks to our 2013 Graduation Sponsor, Sally Stokhamer. We are extremely grateful for Carolyn Guyon’s generosity in sponsoring the training of Guiding Eyes Token. “Token, a nice dog for a nice lady.” Meet our Residential Graduates Ledale & Rusty Betsy & Token Susan & Fabri Michele & Wyman Barbara & Carmel Barbara […]

A Puppy Raiser Gives Thanks

Posted 28th November 2013

by Volunteer Puppy Raiser Laura Marth This is the time of the year when we think back and reflect on all we are thankful for.  Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a big part of what I am grateful for in my own life.  I think back on the puppies I have raised and I […]

The IRA Charitable Rollover

Posted 25th November 2013

In the past weeks, we have received many questions about the so-called IRA Charitable Rollover — an opportunity available now until year-end that enables our supporters to make a tax-free withdrawal from an individual retirement account (“IRA”), if the withdrawal is transferred directly to Guiding Eyes.  Following are the answers to some of the more […]

Life is better with Don

Posted 22nd November 2013

by Heeling Autism mom Carol Esposito Since Don’s arrival, he and Zack are tethered together and walk as if they have been friends forever.   In just the short two months we have had Don, Zach has not tried to run away from us into dangerous situations. It may be hard to imagine the huge sense […]

How we joined the Guiding Eyes family

Posted 19th November 2013

by Volunteer Puppy Raiser Andrew Moore Everyone who works for or volunteers with Guiding Eyes has their own unique story about how they got involved.  I consider our story to be a little different than most but, for us, it really was the perfect alignment of disconnected segments that brought my wife, DeAnna, and me […]

A Teaching Moment

Posted 19th November 2013

by Becky Barnes Davidson, Manager, Consumer Outreach and Graduate Support With so much in the news lately about guide dog users and ADA rights, I thought I would share some of a lecture that I present to students at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Although many of you may not personally be a guide dog […]

Upcoming Events

Posted 16th November 2013

November 21:  This Thursday, Guiding Eyes’ veterinary staff will present a course covering the most common animal emergencies and how to address them.  Attendees will learn the fundamentals of pet first aid and will receive a guide on creating their own first aid kits.  6-8pm.  Guiding Eyes’ Headquarters and Training Center – 611 Granite Springs […]

Echo has made her way home…

Posted 13th November 2013

Black Labrador Echo helps Mark Fontana, a little boy who has a tendency to bolt into dangerous situations.  As an autism service dog, Echo keeps him safe and has become his very first friend.  On November 6th, Echo went missing from her home in Rye. 11/16/13: As of 1:30 this afternoon, Echo has returned home!  She […]

Getting a Guiding Eyes dog is like baking a muffin!

Posted 8th November 2013

I lost my vision due to glaucoma.  They say when one door closes, another opens but now that I am blind I am having trouble even finding the door!  I am so thankful that with my new partner by my side, I will just have to say “to the door” and when she stops, her […]

October/November 2013 Graduate Class

Posted 6th November 2013

  Special recognition and thanks to our 2013 Graduation Sponsor, Sally Stokhamer. Thank you and congratulations to the Volunteer Puppy Raisers.  Meet our Residential Graduates Anita & Kenneth Paul & Ray Patricia J. & Thansa Patricia N. & Fellow Kevin & Anson David & Martin Kerri & Marcus Bill & Warren Jessie & Parson Natalie […]

My Life as a Puppy Raiser

Posted 29th October 2013

by volunteer Nancy Teague I had been a career-crazed Manhattanite.  Burned out with my self-obsessed lifestyle, I threw it aside to move to the country, and volunteer my time to a very worthy cause – Guiding Eyes. I began my first puppy raising experience about a year and a half ago.  I went through the […]

Top 10 List for Guiding Eyes Dogs

Posted 22nd October 2013

By volunteer puppy raiser David Rucquoi For the past six years, our family of five has raised puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  Our high school senior is currently raising our family’s third dog.  The first was placed with a visually impaired person who lives in Michigan.  The second is serving with a Vietnam […]

Pet First Aid & Emergency Care

Posted 18th October 2013

On Thursday, November 21, Guiding Eyes will offer a Pet First Aid and Emergency Care course for dog and cat owners from 6:00 – 8:00pm.   Presented by Guiding Eyes’ veterinary staff, the course will cover the most common problems and presentations of animal emergencies and how to address them. Veterinary staff will discuss the […]

K9S Plus Kids

Posted 18th October 2013

We regularly talk about the exponential impact of all Guiding Eyes dogs, regardless of the career paths they choose.  Dogs that enter our breeding colony are responsible for producing future generations of Guiding Eyes dogs.  Recently, some of these special dogs have taken on second jobs; they’re working in schools and helping children in a […]

September/October 2013 Graduate Class

Posted 16th October 2013

Special recognition and thanks to our 2013 Graduation Sponsor, Sally Stokhamer.  Thank you to the sponsors of our September/October graduation: “Wishing graduates and guide dogs all the happiness and independence that their new partnerships will provide.”  -Jill Graper and Constellation Brands “Congratulations to all the graduates.  I wish for all of you many years of […]

An Unexpected Dream

Posted 14th October 2013

by Guiding Eyes grad Donna Elliott When we received our dogs I was in for a surprise There was this black, male lab And I was struck by his size. He wasn’t what I asked for Or what I thought I wanted When we began to work He didn’t walk, he sauntered. In a two […]

Get Inspired…

Posted 8th October 2013

Watch this brief video of blind men and women and their beloved Guiding Eyes dogs! For nearly 60 years, blind men and women have traveled to our training school from across the U.S. and overseas to receive the life-changing gift of a Guiding Eyes dog — FREE OF CHARGE! Why do our students choose Guiding […]

Pancho: A School of Management Superstar

Posted 8th October 2013

Article written for the University of Buffalo and originally published on the school’s website. Christopher Salem’s pragmatic attitude toward his progressive degenerative eye disease had earned him the admiration of co-workers and students. But when he took his new associate, Pancho, down the halls of the School of Management’s Alfiero Center, the reaction was downright adoring. “Look at […]

Grainger Foundation supports Guiding Eyes

Posted 7th October 2013

The Grainger Foundation has donated $10,000 to Guiding Eyes for the Blind in support of its mission to enrich the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity. “This grant will be used to provide […]

Guiding Eyes – Fall Events

Posted 2nd October 2013

Here’s an update on the events still to come this fall: October 4-6: Fall Harvest Classic Charity Horse Show From organizer Connie Kuusisto: “Guiding Eyes is an organization near and dear to my heart. Not only did I work there for over 20 years, I also met my husband, Stephen Kuusisto there. My two children […]

Grateful for the Extra Mile

Posted 25th September 2013

By Pam Garde, October 2011 Graduating Class Hildy and I have been together for nearly two years. On the whole, we’ve worked together quite well. In late June, Hildy and I were having some challenges with certain routes and street crossings; I decided to call Guiding Eyes to see if someone could help. After a […]

Adventures of Janice: An Update

Posted 16th September 2013

by volunteer Puppy Raiser Elora Hixon Janice is doing wonderfully and growing into a very nice young lady! She has been a very energetic puppy for the last 10 months, and while she certainly hasn’t lost her spunk, she seems to enjoy life in a more relaxed manner now. When we go places, Janice settles […]

Heeling Autism Class of September 2013

Posted 13th September 2013

We are grateful for the exceptional generosity of the Hatfield Family Fund, sponsor of the September Heeling Autism Class. The Fund’s gift covers the program costs for the intensive five day caregiver residential training program, the specialized training of the Heeling Autism service dogs and the one-on-one follow up training with the families in their home […]

A Challenge Grant to Support our Puppies

Posted 11th September 2013

Dear Friends: I am continuously inspired by our clients’ stories and realize that it all starts at our Canine Development Center – our Patterson, NY facility where all our puppies are born. Each year, approximately 500 selectively bred puppies begin a two-year quest to graduate as Guiding Eyes dogs. Our facility – and its ability […]

Help from our Friends

Posted 4th September 2013

We are lucky to have great friends and supporters that work hard to raise funds for our programs and services.  Here are some of the exciting things happening this fall: September 25: Doug Olender Walks for Blind Veterans Blind Army Veteran Doug Olender plans to walk almost 250 miles from Clinton MO to St. Louis […]

August 2013 Graduate Class

Posted 30th August 2013

  Special recognition and thanks to our 2013 Graduation Sponsor, Sally Stokhamer, and our August sponsor, Janice Smith.  Meet our Residential Graduates Jeff & Hamlin Donna & Lasha Brandohn & Taft Sammy & Langley Rose & Oliver Becky & Tatum Jazmin & Floral Nicholas & Archer Carol & John Lori & Gisela Lu Ann & […]

Another opportunity to laugh together

Posted 28th August 2013

by Guiding Eyes graduate Deni Elliott “Are you ready?” I whispered to Alberta an early Saturday morning in July. She thumped her tail. Pressed her shoulder hard against my left leg. Ready. I fingered the leash loop in my left hand. Feather touched the shoulder of my sighted guide with my right hand. Took a […]

Puppy Raiser Betsy Dunn – A Microsoft Integral Fellows Nominee

Posted 27th August 2013

The Integral Fellows award recognizes and supports Microsoft alumni who are making meaningful differences in the daily lives of others by using their talents, time and resources to contribute to the world, whether on a local, regional, national, or global scale.  Winners receive significant financial support for their causes.   Nominees may work with one […]

Congratulations to our photo contest winners!

Posted 26th August 2013

We received 200 incredible entries for this year’s photo contest.  The photos represented beautiful dogs from all areas of our program – pups in training, guide and service dogs and released dogs – as well as non Guiding Eyes dogs owned by friends of our organization.   We loved seeing so many photographs of dogs […]

An infinitely rewarding experience

Posted 23rd August 2013

by Catherine Orza When I started in the Guiding Eyes kennel four years ago, I had no idea that the experience would change my life.  Caring for guide dogs in training is hard work, but it’s infinitely rewarding… not one day went by when I didn’t have a smile on my face. During my first […]

My Fourth Guiding Eyes Dog

Posted 22nd August 2013

by graduate Stacey Robinson I have worked with dogs from Guiding Eyes since 1997.  I received my first three dogs through the residential training program.  I’ve very much enjoyed going to the school – meeting new people and learning new techniques. When I retired my third dog Chesley in March of this year, I thought […]

A Guiding Eyes Career: Regional Puppy Program Manager

Posted 13th August 2013

Position requires providing direct supervision, training and on-going development of volunteer region teams and puppy raisers. Includes but not limited to matching and placing puppies with qualified volunteer puppy raisers, teaching weekly dog training classes, individual dog training support as needed and considerable administrative responsibilities. Candidate should be comfortable presenting to groups and have some […]

What we do – another day with my dog guide

Posted 7th August 2013

Ann Chiappetta is a mom, wife and therapist from New York.  She typically travels through life at a high rate of speed, always accompanied by Guiding Eyes dog Verona.  This post is an excerpt from Ann’s own blog – Each day at lunch I pocket my mobile phone, some cash, and harness up my dog. […]

Pour Le Monde supports Assistance Dog Week

Posted 6th August 2013

Guiding Eyes was recently selected as one of three charity partners by Pour Le Monde, a new company specializing in 100% natural fragrances that raise funds and awareness for non-profit organizations. The Guiding Eyes scent, named Empower, is an all-natural fragrance with a crisp, sparkling blend of citrus top notes interspersed with an herbaceous mix of […]

International Assistance Dog Week: August 4th – 10th

Posted 5th August 2013

International Assistance Dog Week was created to recognize the devoted, hardworking service dogs that help individuals achieve their goals in life. Behind Guiding Eyes guide and service dogs are thousands of people who make our life-changing work possible. “International Assistance Dog Week is a time to recognize the importance of service dogs and the freedom […]

July 2013 Graduate Class

Posted 30th July 2013

Meet our Residential Graduates Angela & Sonya Tori & Avis Chelby & Gianna Sofia & Karleen Gabe & Posh Graeme & Adrianne Brad & Sharla Cheyenne & Flynn Debra & Chance Maria & Carlton Home Training Graduates Sarah & Christine Many thanks to our instructors Dell Rodman, Class Supervisor Graham Buck, ACTION Instructor Stephanie Koret, […]

Adventures of Janice: Making a Difference

Posted 25th July 2013

by volunteer Puppy Raiser Elora Hixon Janice is doing great! This past week, it’s been extremely hot in Maine and she has come to love the water.  But today, I’m not going to talk about Janice.  Instead, I would like to talk about puppy raising in general. As most of you know, raising a pup […]

Five questions with… staff member Maria Dunne

Posted 22nd July 2013

Position: Regional Manager, Puppy Program 1) Favorite color, food and TV show: Purple, Salads with a variety of toppings, The Big Bang Theory – hilarious! 2) Years at Guiding Eyes: In August, I’ll be at Guiding Eyes for 8 years. I’ve been a Regional Manager for 5 of them. 3) What made you want to […]

Increased confidence through Guiding Eyes

Posted 19th July 2013

by Guiding Eyes graduate Deni Elliott Once I crossed the bridge from dorm life to adult life, I could not imagine that I’d ever again be a student.  But – I also didn’t know that I would ultimately lose most of my sight.  I never could have imagined that being a student at Guiding Eyes […]

Announcing our Summer Photo Contest!

Posted 12th July 2013

We may be a tad bit subjective, but we believe Guiding Eyes dogs are some of the most beautiful canines in the world.  Like you, we’re proud of our dogs – and we love seeing photographs of them working, playing and loving life. Our veterinary hospital’s summer photo contest opens on July 15th and closes […]

A chance to be loved and accepted

Posted 10th July 2013

And the ripple effect continues… Black Labrador Max decided he didn’t want to be a guide dog.  In 2011, he was adopted by the Sokolow family, who have helped him to fulfill his ultimate destiny – therapy dog work.   The letter below is from a NYC class he regularly visits.   Dear Max, They call […]

Guiding Eyes honored as Macy’s American Icon

Posted 9th July 2013

Macy’s American Icon campaign is a celebration of the “people, places and things we love.”  On Saturday, Guiding Eyes was honored by Macy’s of White Plains in a ceremony that included the White Plains police and fire departments and White Plains Public Library.  Former NY Knicks player John Starks was also present to congratulate recipients […]

Stealing Hearts Every Day

Posted 9th July 2013

By Guiding Eyes grad Christine Szostak On a spring day in 2010, a Guiding Eyes instructor named Gary arrived at my apartment complex to begin training me with my new guide dog.  Due to a very busy grad school schedule, there was no way for me to leave home for multiple weeks to attend class in […]

The Ripple Effect – Ben & Wren

Posted 3rd July 2013

We regularly talk about the ripple effect of our dogs.  All Guiding Eyes dogs – working, retired or released – have the ability to transform people’s lives. Guiding Eyes Wren is a released dog with a special purpose.  She was adopted by the Serebin family and has become a loyal family pet – and an […]

June 2013 Graduate Class

Posted 27th June 2013

Meet our Residential Graduates Vicki & Dolly Rocco & Glamour Judy & Warsaw Dannie & Pilgrim Rosemary & Barkley Kelcey & Maui Eloise & Calla Seth & Jamie Vanessa & Farber Donald & Midas Home Training Graduates Emilie & Andre Ivor & Rhoda Stacey & Gemini Christopher & Pancho Many thanks to our instructors: Miranda […]

Mt Kisco Lions Club rides for Guiding Eyes

Posted 25th June 2013

By Guiding Eyes staff member and graduate Becky Barnes I have been a Mount Kisco Lion for ten years.  It’s a close-knit group committed to serving the community as well as supporting the mission of Guiding Eyes.  One of the things I find most appealing is that the Mount Kisco Lions club not only understands […]

A commitment to independence

Posted 19th June 2013

by Guiding Eyes graduate Emmanuel Dillion Hey what’s up everybody! And for all the proper people out there, hello ladies and gentlemen. My name is Emmanuel Dillion and I’m here to tell you a little story about myself and my experience with Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Seven years ago, I became blind due to […]

The Gift

Posted 16th June 2013

by Guiding Eyes graduate Sally Rosenthal When my paratrooper father jumped out of an airplane sixty-nine years ago and landed on the Normandy beach during the D-Day invasion, he was only one of five men in his company who survived. Scarcely twenty-two with a few years of war behind him, he returned to his base in […]

Many thanks to the Hatfield Family Fund!

Posted 13th June 2013

Hatfield Family Fund provides annual sponsorship for our “Paws to Read” program through May 2014! Thanks to the generosity of our friends at the Hatfield Family Fund, Heeling Autism instructors and dogs are able to spend time with schoolchildren once a week.   The kids they visit are challenged by a variety of special needs, including […]

A Successful Golf Classic!

Posted 11th June 2013

On June 9th, the top blind golfers in the country competed for the coveted Corcoran Cup.  The rules of the United States Blind Golf Association closely mirror those of PGA Golf.  Blind golfers are allowed the use of a coach to line them up with the ball and to read the greens.  The winner was […]

Is there any day more perfect than dog day?

Posted 8th June 2013

by Guiding Eyes graduate Deni Elliott Like Christmas, but only better.  We wait.  We anticipate.  We worry. Most of us dream for months in advance about who our new partners might be. Male or female? Short coupled or tall and leggy? Yellow or black or maybe a German shepherd dog?  If so, long-haired or not? […]

Adventures of Janice: Light Bulb!

Posted 5th June 2013

By: Volunteer Puppy Raiser Elora Hixon I think we have hit a breaking point!  You know when your kids are little and they are learning new things?  They’re not really sure what to do and then – all of a sudden – they get it; they know what you want them to do and most […]

May 2013 Graduate Class

Posted 1st June 2013

Meet our Residential Graduates Rui & Angus Emmanuel & Reed David & Talula Christian & Barnes Maria & Ariel Nicole & Colleen Rodney & Boyko William & Rosemary Shelley & Agatha Stephanie & Glimmer Home Training Graduates Richard & Albee Alice & Cal Samuel & Arby Many thanks to our instructors: Ben Cawley, Class Supervisor […]

Instructor Stephanie Koret supports our online auction

Posted 29th May 2013

With our Golf Classic right around the corner, everyone has been working their hardest to prepare – including Guiding Eyes instructor Stephanie Koret.  Stephanie keeps herself busy training guide dogs, helping people and supporting a great cause – all in a days work!  She recently contributed to our online auction, donating two autographed baseballs.  One […]

NYC region accepting new volunteers

Posted 28th May 2013

On Sunday, June 23, the region will hold an open house at the Animal Medical Center, located at 510 E. 62nd Street, New York, NY.  The event will start at 5:00pm and run until about 7:00pm.  Guests will learn what it’s like to be a Puppy Raiser as they meet Guiding Eyes staff and volunteers […]

Guiding Eyes Graduate Launches Documentary Project

Posted 23rd May 2013

  Washington, D.C. – Nothing can stop award-winning 39-year old Pat Leahy from pursuing his bodybuilding dreams. Not age, not injury – not even blindness. Pat is the subject of an upcoming documentary called “Blind Lifter”, which follows him through a recent bodybuilding competition and explores his life journey. This project recently launched through the […]

Remembering Ken Venturi

Posted 18th May 2013

  On behalf of Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Golf Classic Committee, Board of Directors, volunteers and staff, we express our sincere condolences on the passing of Ken Venturi. Ken’s exemplary sportsmanship extended far beyond the PGA greens. He served as an ambassador to our Golf Classic for more than half of its 35 year […]

Team Michelangelo’s Annual Charity Car & Bike Show

Posted 16th May 2013

by volunteer Cathy Capasso Four years ago, I got together with fellow car and motorcycle enthusiasts to figure out how to make a difference for animals and their people. Team Michelangelo’s Annual Charity Car & Motorcycle Show was formed. I grew up in White Plains and had known about Guiding Eyes since I was a […]

April 2013 Graduate Class

Posted 7th May 2013

Thank you to our April graduation sponsor, Sally Stokhamer.  “When God gave names to all the creatures on the earth, the sky and the sea, there was no name left for the most loyal of all.  Then God spoke and said, ‘I waited until I ran out of names then turned my own name back […]

The surprises continue…

Posted 3rd May 2013

Ann Chiappetta is a mom, wife and therapist from New York.  She typically travels through life at a high rate of speed, always accompanied by Guiding Eyes dog Verona.  This post is an excerpt from Ann’s own blog – Verona and I have been a team for a little over four years now and she […]

Five Questions with… staff member Shanon Walsh

Posted 2nd May 2013

Position: Training Supervisor 1) Favorite color, food and TV show My favorite colors are pink and red.  I love to eat anything Italian, but creamy pesto sauce is my favorite!  I am a reality show junkie… I haven’t missed a season of Survivor or Celebrity Apprentice. 2) How many years have you been at Guiding […]

Pour le Monde – an all natural fragrance that empowers

Posted 29th April 2013

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been selected as one of three  charity partners by Pour Le Monde®, a new company specializing in 100% natural fragrances that benefit and raise awareness for non- profit organizations. The Guiding Eyes’ scent, named Empower, is an all-natural fragrance with a crisp, sparkling blend of citrus top notes interspersed […]

Guiding Eyes receives Community Partner award

Posted 23rd April 2013

Dear Guiding Eyes, Illinois Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (IAER) is the state organization of professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments. Our group includes teachers of visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialists, rehabilitation therapists, university faculty, and counselors from across Illinois. Each year, […]

Janice’s first puppy sit

Posted 22nd April 2013

By: Volunteer Puppy Raiser Elora Hixon Janice is growing like crazy!  Just last week she went on her first puppy sit; this is when our pups go to the homes of other raisers or sitters so they can experience new things while working with different people.  It’s an important part of their adolescence.  I thought […]

Fostering a Guiding Eyes Brood or Stud

Posted 17th April 2013

Volunteer brood and stud fosters provide homes for the extraordinary dogs in our breeding colony.  These special dogs are responsible for creating future generations of exceptional Guiding Eyes dogs. Jeanne and Jack Hofmann live in Carmel, NY and are volunteer fosters for German shepherd brood, Jade.  Jade has had two litters, and the Hofmann’s many […]

Thank you… from our March 2013 grads

Posted 15th April 2013

On behalf of our graduating class, March 2013, we want to extend our most sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Guiding Eyes.  From the groundbreaking science being used at the Canine Development Center which ensures each Guiding Eyes dog has the best opportunity for a full and productive life; to the […]

The final stages of guide training

Posted 12th April 2013

by instructor Kate Peterson After approximately four months of hard work, our potential guide dogs enter the fourth and final phase of training.  By this point, each dog has the basic skills necessary for successful guide work.  The dogs have already learned how to target curbs, cross streets, navigate around obstacles and how to protect […]

Five Questions with… staff member Valerie Quick

Posted 9th April 2013

Position: Kennel Manager 1)  Favorite color, food and TV show: Purple, cheeseburgers, Big Bang Theory 2)  Years at Guiding Eyes: I am in my 7th year. 3)  How did you become interested in the guide dog field? I worked with Border Collies in the past and have always been fascinated by working dogs.  We as […]

March 2013 Graduating Class

Posted 5th April 2013

Meet our Residential Graduates Andy & Nera Alex & Cosby Erik & Poco Trada & Rally Lynette & Junie Sonia & Larry Janice & Milo Kara & Haven Joelle & Keifer Deni & Alberta Home Training Graduates Matthew & Khaki Nancy & Anchor Lauren & Domino Laura & Hanley Many thanks to our instructors: Miranda […]

A Challenge for Autism Awareness Month

Posted 2nd April 2013

I cannot help being moved by the success stories of Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Heeling Autism program. During Autism Awareness Month, I invite you to participate with me in the Heeling Autism Challenge. The bond between me and my dog is priceless.  But the bonds that form between children with autism and specially trained […]

I came to Guiding Eyes…

Posted 29th March 2013

by graduate Deni Elliott I came to Guiding Eyes to get a dog that would accompany me on my life’s pathways.  I leave with a partner who makes me confident enough to explore the world regardless of where the roads might lead. I came to Guiding Eyes expecting the dog to reflect the love and […]

GE Leader Directs Recognition Award to Guiding Eyes

Posted 27th March 2013

Guiding Eyes dog Khaki recently completed advanced guide dog training at our Yorktown campus and headed to upstate NY to work as a guide dog.  Before she left for her home training, she was able to welcome and thank a wonderful visitor to our campus. Carol Anderson, GE Vice President for Compensation, Benefits and Health Care, […]

Kimberly Morrow’s life with guide dogs

Posted 22nd March 2013

Kimberly Morrow was born blind due to retinopathy of prematurity.  She had a very ordinary childhood, filled with roller skating, playing outside, scouts and slumber parties.   Kimberly received her first guide dog in 1991; when she later began graduate school at the University of Kansas, she was grateful to have a guide dog to make […]

Five Questions with… staff member ML Hansen

Posted 20th March 2013

Name: Mary Lynne (ML) Hansen Position: STEP Instructor 1) Favorite color, food and TV show: Blue, spaghetti and meatballs, NCIS 2) How many years have you been at Guiding Eyes? Since 2008 – I’ve worked in the pre-training program, as a consultant and now as a STEP instructor.   2) How did you become interested […]

“Live, love, laugh ‘n be happy!”

Posted 19th March 2013

The Guiding Eyes Student Game Room now bears a plaque with this expression.  It reflects a donation from Jack Butson Drum, who chose to support the game room as he felt it was important for one to always retain his or her sense of humor. Jack was born in 1919 in Carbondale, PA, an old […]

Magical Moment: Reflecting Upon a Walk Down a Corridor

Posted 11th March 2013

by: volunteer puppy raiser Frank Chenette Graduation Day, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, February 2013 My mind overflows with a kaleidoscope of images past and present. My emotions scatter like dry kibble tossed on ice. Lawrence E. Brown III, a young man passionate about making music, beams a 100-watt smile when he and Halo the […]

Lions Club Bowls for Guiding Eyes

Posted 8th March 2013

By Guiding Eyes staff member and graduate Becky Barnes I have been a Mount Kisco Lion for ten years.  It’s a close-knit group committed to serving the community as well as supporting the mission of Guiding Eyes.  One of the things I find most appealing is that the Mount Kisco Lions club not only understands […]

February 2013 Graduating Class

Posted 6th March 2013

We are extremely grateful for Judith Collord’s generosity in sponsoring the training of Guiding Eyes Halo. “I wish them all the luck in the world and a long and happy relationship together.” – Judith Collord Meet our Graduates: Lawrence & Halo Linda & Riley Shelly & Jefferson Osman & Gala Tom & Muldoon Michelle & Osa Kathy […]

International Collaboration Brings Guide Dogs to Hong Kong

Posted 4th March 2013

This article was submitted by Guiding Eyes for publication in the International Guide Dog Federation’s “Visionary Magazine.”  You can read the full issue of Visionary here.   Tsang Kin Ping had a dream that blind and visually impaired Hong Kong residents could benefit from the extraordinary life changes a guide dog brings.  His vision served […]

Atlantic Shores Says Goodbye

Posted 2nd March 2013

Atlantic Shores Seniors Send Off Beloved Guide Dog at End of Award-Winning, Multi-Generational Program (press release courtesy of Atlantic Shores) Many tears were shed as the Atlantic Shores/Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppy Love Program came to an end on February 15, 2013. This inspiring program was one of the first in the nation to link […]

My Angel with a Lovely Furry Coat

Posted 1st March 2013

By: Guiding Eyes graduate Osman Koroma With you by my side, I have sight. I use to stumble across the sidewalk. Now with you by my side, I walk on a sidewalk with no crack With you by my side, I walk gracefully without bouncing off obstacles. Oh you are my angel with a lovely […]

New Role for Guiding Eyes staff member Linda Press

Posted 26th February 2013

Guiding Eyes Appoints Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations & Strategic Partnerships Westchester County, N.Y. (February 26, 2013) – Guiding Eyes for the Blind, known around the globe as one of the foremost guide dog schools, has promoted Lewisboro resident Linda Press to Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations & Strategic Partnerships. Press has been […]

Adventures of Janice: Walk and Talk Time!

Posted 24th February 2013

By: Volunteer Puppy Raiser Elora Hixon Janice is now 4 months old, which means she’s ready for her first “walk and talk.”  This is when our regional managers spend one-on-one time with us to help us work through any challenges we might be having with our pups.  Though walk and talks are informal, they do […]

Five Questions with… Instructor Michelle Tang

Posted 11th February 2013

Name: Michelle Tang Position: Qualified Guide Dog Instructor Years at Guiding Eyes: 10 1) Favorite color, food and TV show: Purple, peanut butter, The Office 2) How did you become interested in the guide dog field? I got my first dog in 2002 – he’s a male husky named Akemo.  I was researching dog training […]

Counting the Days til my Guiding Eyes dog

Posted 8th February 2013

by Nancy Lothrop I can’t stop thinking about Tuesday afternoon.  I was fortunate enough to attend the “meet and greet” for our February class.  As the new students filled the room, I went to introduce myself to a young man who had just found an empty seat; he was folding up his cane as he […]

Remembering Roberta Huy

Posted 4th February 2013

We lost a colleague and friend when regional manager Roberta Huy passed away in December.  Roberta worked for Guiding Eyes for 17 years.  During this time, she raised 13 puppies, fostered eight members of our breeding colony and provided home care to numerous litters.  She possessed an incredible understanding of both dogs and people and […]

January 2013 Graduating Class

Posted 1st February 2013

Thank you to our January graduation sponsors. The Carey Family, John and Suzanne Ford and Jessica, & Tim, Kyle and Luke Carey Meet our Graduates: Robert & Belinda Walter & Naboo John & Namath Jen & Keating Johnny & Sammy Angie & Harry Patty & Tahoe Kathie & Fenton Christie & Bogie John & Salty […]

Adventures of Janice: It Takes A Community

Posted 28th January 2013

By: Volunteer Puppy Raiser Elora Hixon You know how they say that it takes a community to raise a child… it is the same with raising a Guiding Eyes pup.  I am so grateful for the people that I know that have helped me through raising my pups. Whether it was donating their services, giving […]

A Snapshot of 2012

Posted 22nd January 2013

So many incredible people came through our doors last year.  Whether they were here for guide dogs or autism service dogs, they all headed home with a renewed sense of hope. As not everyone can make it to Yorktown for our graduation ceremonies; we’d like to tell you about just a few of the graduates […]

Autism Fundraiser – March 9

Posted 17th January 2013

The Riveras’ lives were changed forever when they received Heeling Autism dog Kevin.  On Saturday, March 9th, the family’s nonprofit Hope for Michael will host a dinner/dance to raise money for Heeling Autism. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Joe Rivera shared his family’s story at our 2011 Guiding Eyes Golf Classic.  You […]

Guiding Eyes Names New Board Chair

Posted 15th January 2013

Guiding Eyes is pleased to announce Bedford resident Wendy Aglietti has been elected chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Bill Badger, Guiding Eyes’ president and CEO. Ms. Aglietti has been a Board member since 2007, and her family has a long history of supporting Guiding Eyes.  “We are extremely […]

Puppy Raising Open House – This Saturday!

Posted 8th January 2013

Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet?  We’ve got a suggestion…  How about one resolution that provides the opportunity for a healthier lifestyle, the ability to have incredible amounts of fun, and the opportunity to forever change someone’s life? You can raise a special dog that will make an extraordinary difference in a blind […]

How will the Fiscal Cliff affect Guiding Eyes Dogs?

Posted 4th January 2013

by Sue Dishart I was watching CNN last night and paused to look into the eyes of my beautiful Guiding Eyes foster dog.  She looked concerned; the news was keeping her from an evening walk.  I decided I needed to translate what was going on so she could understand how the new American Taxpayer Relief […]

Adventures of Janice: Getting a New Puppy

Posted 3rd January 2013

By: Volunteer Puppy Raiser Elora Hixon Note from Guiding Eyes: This post is the first in a series about pup-on-program Janice (3J412.) Yellow Labrador Janice was born on October 11th, 2012 to brood Fresca and sire Dell.   She was one of 12 pups, 10 of whom are now living in puppy raising homes.  Janice will […]

Happy Holidays from Guiding Eyes

Posted 27th December 2012

This holiday season, please join me in applauding the men and women who are determined to live their lives to the fullest, despite their vision loss.  Deciding to come to Guiding Eyes is proof of their will to succeed; their tremendous courage during the weeks of intensive training – and every day of their lives – […]

Report from the Kennels: What do we do all day?

Posted 21st December 2012

by Guiding Eyes dog Keating Hi my name is Keating.  I’m a big yellow Labrador with brown eyes and a dark nose.  My ears have a little bit more brown than the rest of my body; some people say they are caramel-colored.  (I’ve heard that caramel is quite yummy… does anyone else agree?) I was […]

Gone to the Dogs

Posted 19th December 2012

Ann Chiappetta is a mom, wife and therapist from New York.  She typically travels through life at a high rate of speed, always accompanied by Guiding Eyes dog Verona.  This post is an excerpt from Ann’s own blog – Two weeks ago I attended a Guiding Eyes graduation celebration and was struck by the […]

Dear to My Heart

Posted 16th December 2012

By Sharon Zenger, Guiding Eyes graduate I was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), and my vision deteriorated throughout my life. As a child, I knew that someday I would lose my sight, so I wanted to be involved with – and give back to — the guide dog community. At age 9 I became a […]

Loving Every Minute

Posted 10th December 2012

By Raven Tolliver, Guiding Eyes graduate When I was two years old I was diagnosed with retinal blastoma – a cancer that attacks the retinas. I went through radiation and chemotherapy, but ultimately, both of my eyes were removed and replaced with prosthetics. Since age three, I have been a cane traveler. I had to […]

“Stairs? I want to climb mountains!”

Posted 3rd December 2012

As the holidays draw closer and our campuses are decorated with holiday cheer, we reflect back on some of the events of 2012.  This year brought a shaky economy, a fierce election and a dramatic super-storm – but we haven’t let any of these hinder the delivery of our programs and services. Below are some […]

A Positive Approach

Posted 28th November 2012

by Sue Dishart I love to read.  I just finished Jon Gordon’s international bestseller, The Energy Bus.   The book reveals ten secrets for approaching life with the kind of thinking that leads to true accomplishment – at work and at home.  Gordon talks about clear visions, positive energy and surrounding yourself with inspiring people.  And […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted 22nd November 2012

We’re feeling pretty grateful today.  As our November / December student class settles into day two of training with their new guide dogs, we reflect on the number of people who supported their journey.  1,400 volunteers selflessly give their time and talent.  The kindness and generosity of over 200,000 donors allow us to provide our […]

Getting Started in Florida

Posted 20th November 2012

by:  Lisa Deutsch Guiding Eyes’ HR director Carolyn Kihm was shocked when I told her, nearly a year ago, that I was moving to Florida because my husband was retiring from almost four decades of grueling commutes and work in New York City.  I think she was surprised because she knew how much I truly […]

A Day in the Life: Ann Chiappetta

Posted 16th November 2012

Ann Chiappetta is a mom, wife and therapist from New York.  She typically travels through life at a high rate of speed, always accompanied by Guiding Eyes dog Verona.  This post is an excerpt from Ann’s own blog – Teamwork This entry continues exploring the question, what do our  dog guides actually do for […]

Canine Company holds Howliday Benefit for Guiding Eyes

Posted 13th November 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Canine Company presents Howliday Benefit and Online Campaign to support Guiding Eyes for the Blind WILTON, CT – Canine Company (formerly the Canine Fence Company) will host a holiday benefit in addition to launching an online initiative to raise funds for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. For many years, Canine Company has […]

Volunteerism: Why do we do it?

Posted 6th November 2012

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has more than 1,400 active volunteers.  These incredible people support our mission in a multitude of ways, and we would simply be unable to provide our services without their hard work. Studies show that people volunteer for a number of reasons.  These include: Values: an opportunity to express altruism and […]

Hurricane Sandy Update

Posted 1st November 2012

Regrettably, the graduation ceremony scheduled for this Saturday, November 3rd has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The IFT scheduled for Monday, November 5th will go ahead as planned.  If anything changes, we will post updates to our website and social media pages immediately. Guiding Eyes continues to experience power outages at both the […]

Guiding Eyes and Hurricane Sandy

Posted 31st October 2012

Friends from around the country have been checking in with us over the past two days and we are deeply grateful for everyone’s concern. Our Training School and Canine Development Center campuses have both survived the storm with minimal damage. The heavy winds took out most of the fencing along the side of our Yorktown […]

A Word on the Weather

Posted 26th October 2012

by: Kate Petersen, Guiding Eyes Instructor Ah Autumn!  This is my absolute favorite season – the crisp feel of the air, the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, and of course, apple cider and pumpkin flavored everything!  Autumn is also a wonderful time to begin training a new group or “string” of dogs. In the […]

My Inspiration…

Posted 24th October 2012

by: Michelle Brier, Director of Marketing and Communications I started working at Guiding Eyes almost five years ago, and my role in development has given me unique opportunities to interact with people involved in every aspect of the organization.  From volunteers to graduates to donors to staff – I’m consistently inspired by the people who […]

What motivates you?

Posted 19th October 2012

By: Gerald Brenninkmeyer Motivation.  We all recognize when we question ours, but do we recognize when our dogs question theirs?  The more I train dogs and do problem solving in the field, the more I look at what is motivating the dog to perform, work, behave or listen. The common expression “dogs do what works” […]

A Day in the Life: Meghan Medina

Posted 12th October 2012

By Meghan Medina, Licensed Veterinary Technician and Yorktown Hospital Manager Hello everyone!  My name is Meghan Medina, and I am one of three licensed technicians here at Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  I am also the Hospital Manager at the Yorktown location, and I have been employed here for two years. A typical day at […]

A Day in the Life: Grad Ann Chiappetta

Posted 9th October 2012

Ann Chiappetta is a mom, wife and therapist from New York.  She typically travels through life at a high rate of speed, always accompanied by Guiding Eyes dog Verona.  This post is an excerpt from Ann’s own blog – Moving On Yesterday was the last session with a long-time client. It’s a common occurrence […]

Setting his Sights on Gold – One Graduate’s Dream

Posted 5th October 2012

Twenty-year-old Guiding Eyes graduate DJ Robinson has his aspirations set on participating in the 2016 Summer Paralympic games.  He will compete in Para-Cycling – the third most popular Paralympic event, developed by visually impaired cyclists using tandem bicycles. DJ’s love for cycling goes back to 2010, when he entered Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Spring Games.  He […]

A Day in the Life: Emily Gray

Posted 2nd October 2012

By Emily Gray, Volunteer Puppy Raiser I was eight when I first heard about Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  My neighbor was raising Joplin, an eight-week-old yellow lab puppy.  As I watched Joplin grow and mature during that year, I decided that I too wanted to be a puppy raiser. Hart, my black Lab, arrived […]

Report from the Kennels: The Training Cycle

Posted 25th September 2012

By Guiding Eyes dog Sandra Hi!  My name is Sandra.  I’m a yellow Labrador retriever, and I’ve been told time and time again that I’m pretty adorable!  I’ll be two years old in December, and I’ve been living in Yorktown Heights at the Guiding Eyes Training School since the beginning of the summer. My three […]

Heeling Autism: Class of September 2012

Posted 21st September 2012

Every day, we understand more about the exponential powers of our dogs.  As five Heeling Autism service dogs head out into the world this afternoon, we marvel at the impact they’ll have in their new homes.  They’ll help children and their parents, they will support siblings and friends, and they’ll strengthen families’ connections with their […]

Our Work with International Students

Posted 19th September 2012

By: Kathy Zubrycki, Director of Training and Admissions Guiding Eyes’ global partnerships have spanned many years.  When I first joined the staff in 1987, it was not uncommon to have students from Israel in a class. This is a rarity now, given that there is an International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) accredited guide dog school […]

Heeling Autism: A Long-Awaited Miracle

Posted 14th September 2012

Sam is one of five children in the Mandell family and was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old.  Before he learned to walk, the Mandells were a family on the go – plenty of birthday parties, ball games, and more.  But as Sam grew from infant to toddler, life became more difficult. Sam […]

Remembering Salty

Posted 11th September 2012

On the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, we honor the extraordinary work of Guiding Eyes Salty.  Nothing could have prepared Salty for this horrific event, yet he did everything he was trained to do when he guided Omar Rivera to safety from the 71st floor. Salty was raised in the […]

The Halls Come Alive in Summer

Posted 7th September 2012

The enthusiasm is contagious when high school and college bound youth arrive on our campus.  As their dreams of independence are realized, we are reminded of the importance of all we do and the impact we can make on someone’s life. Twenty-year-old LeAnna Abeyta lost her sight from a congenital eye disease.  New guide dog […]

Our new blog – sharing the powerful stories of Guiding Eyes

Posted 4th September 2012

  Welcome to the first post in our brand new blog, entitled Guiding Tales.  We’re excited to share more of the powerful stories that connect and inspire us.   We’ll post news and events, and we’ll write about the topics that we’re most commonly asked about, such as life in our training kennels and the journey […]