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Sanford and Sabba

Thank you to our generous April Graduates Sponsor…

In memory of my wife, Barbara Woods, who loved dogs and Guiding Eyes. Through our entire marriage, we have had dogs, usually two at a time, and enjoyed them! Sponsoring the graduating class is a perfect way to honor her memory.

– Richard Woods

Meet Home Training Graduate Sanford 

Graduate Sam and guide dog Sabba share a bench and pose for a team photoGraduate Team: Sanford and Sabba
About the Team: Sabba, a female black Lab, is Sam’s 1st Guiding Eyes dog
Hometown: Janesville, Wisconsin
Guide Dog Mobility Instructor: Melinda Angstrom

Sam is a seasoned guide dog user, having received his first guide 40 years ago. He is now retired after many years working in Sales and is employed part-time at Industries for the Blind. A member of the National Federation of the Blind, Sam often attends Lions Club events that support the visually impaired. He loves to read and enjoys all types of music.  Sam feels it’s important that guide dogs know they are loved and appreciated for the work they do and all they provide.

How would you describe your guide dog?  “Sabba is 4 years old and extremely smart.  She learns very quickly and has a strong work ethic.  Sabba is very attentive and devoted to me; she always wants to be where I am!”

What made you decide to apply for a guide dog from Guiding Eyes? “I know other graduates of Guiding Eyes and they recommended the school. I liked the training methods because I believe positive reinforcement motivates the dog.”

How has having a guide dog impacted your life? “My guide dog gives me more flexibility and independence. It is easier, safer and more convenient to go places with a guide dog. I can safely travel on routes with a dog that I would never attempt with a cane.  Additionally, these dogs are so friendly and loving, they give you companionship while at home. They are two dogs in one!”

Were there any training highlights? “I really like the emphasis on play while interacting with the dog. I think it’s good that the dog knows commands and obedience is important, but you should make friends, too.”

Meet Guide Dog Sabba

Sabba is the second puppy I raised. She was very patient with me as we worked through things together. I honestly thought sometimes I was not doing well by her, but it just goes to show you that these dogs are resilient and determined to complete the work for which they were born. Clearly Sabba has proven her love of guiding, as this is her second assignment. Sadly, her first handler has passed – a lovely man who worked closely with her and would be most proud that she is continuing to work. Keep up the good work, Sabba. Congrats to you and your graduate!!

Cindy Beauregard, Puppy Raiser of Sabba

Enjoy these photos of the team and Sabba as a pup on program…