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GUIDE DOG NEWS - GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND

    Guide Dog News

    2007, Issue #2

It’s a Dog’s Life

    “It’s pretty amazing—we have 350 dogs in the kennels at any one time, and you may hear a few

    dogs bark, but in general, it’s pretty quiet. Visitors are really blown away by that and by the fact that

    it’s so clean. It’s really a credit to our canine welfare technician staff. They’re there all day, keeping

    things clean, keeping the dogs happy, calm and relaxed, their minds stimulated, and giving them so

    many outlets for their energy. “

    Training Supervisor Kelly Martin

    Happiness is a stuffed toy! At Guide Dogs, we’re experts at putting smiles on our dogs’ faces. We balance the important work of learning to guide with generous doses of play, care, comfort and attention. Oregon Kennel Manager Jeannine May said, “Through our Kennel Enrichment Program, we’ve made the kennel

    experience enjoyable for our dogs and our staff. It’s a feast for the senses, rich in mental and physical stimulation and the ultimate in relaxation. Thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers, our kennels are the next best thing to being home for our dogs.”

    Standing outside the big kennel doors, visitors most often expect to meet 10-20 dogs due to the lack of barking. However the California kennel holds 350 and the Oregon kennel, 150. Dogs being housed in the kennels include those in training, dogs that have been dropped from training (called “career change dogs”), breeder dogs, boarding dogs and dogs that are in for medical treatment.

A sweet serenade of Mozart’s music lends an atmosphere of calm in the early morning air as Training

    Department staff rotate through the kennels, greeting the dogs and rewarding those that remain quiet. The dogs that vocalize are encouraged to learn more self-control. This lesson is important, not only for improving the comfort of all the dogs (and maintaining the sanity of staff,) but also because it prepares them for their future role as well-behaved Guide Dogs in homes, offices and in public places.

    Two barking Labs, Future and Brinkley, are calmed by Canine Welfare Technician (CWT) Jenni Ferrari.

“First I gave them a verbal command to be quiet and asked them to sit—to do something other then

    barking,” she said. “Once they obeyed, I praised them and walked away to get them a treat. If they were still

    quiet when I returned, they got rewarded. “

    The transition from a warm, loving home into a sterile kennel may seem like a big one, but the staff and volunteers are committed to making the adjustment as easy as possible.

    “We start right from the beginning trying to make their transition a smooth one,” said Canine Welfare Kennel Manager Marny Reardon. “After the first couple of weeks of being in the kennels, their true personalities emerge.”

    The staff move through all the quadrants of the kennel complex so the dogs learn to behave for more than one person.

    “A dog that’s used to being in a home might exhibit attention barking when in the kennel,” said Senior Instructor Jenna Bullis. “When we hear a new arrival barking, we try to recognize why, and what we can do

    to alleviate it. It’s important to be able to interpret the signs: is this dog barking because it’s acting out or because it needs stimulation? We do more than just try to quiet them. We figure out what needs to be done to help set them up to succeed.

    “With kennel enrichment, I think you have a dog that’s in a better frame of mind to learn,” she said. “Their

    stress is lower so learning can take place more readily. We’ve seen a reduction in medical issues which means the dogs do not miss their training time. And when they do face challenges in training, their recovery time is much quicker.”

Reading the Dogs

    Knowing how to read dogs is key, otherwise, even with the best of intentions, one can inadvertently cause stress. Marny explained:

    “What we primates want may not be what a dog wants,” she said. “For example, we may go up to a dog and pat it on the head to show friendliness. For many dogs, this is annoying. It’s much better to gently stroke the back or chest. We may look directly at a dog because for us, eye contact is a good thing. In the animal world, that can be seen as a challenge or a threat. A dog that ignores your escalating calls to come inside and instead sniffs the ground may be just trying to get you to calm down. Knowing how to read a dog can make all the difference in the relationship.”

    In addition to adjusting from a home environment to a kennel, the dogs are learning a lot: working with a variety of people in a variety of situations. They’re being taught to guide in traffic, crowds and on escalators.

    These are busy days, and it’s important that the kennel environment is supportive so the dogs will thrive. Depending on the dog, some may need more stimulation and others more quiet time.

Kennel Enrichment

    An integral part of Guide Dogs’ Best Educational System of Training (BEST) is kennel enrichment. The approach is similar to that used in zoos and aquariumsto create a positive environment for animals that

    are not in their natural habitat. Kennel enrichment includes anything that stimulates the dog’s mind and

    senses and makes the kennel a more positive place to be. The stimulus has to have a novel quality in order to be enriching. Otherwise it just becomes part of the environment and the dogs become de-sensitized to it.

    Oregon Class Supervisor Cheryl Vincent explained, “The goal is to help dogs succeed no matter what their future role will bewhether they become working Guide Dogs or breeders, take on a different career, or are adopted as pets.”

    Since the BEST program was initiated in 2000, it has expanded exponentially with great results. Canine welfare technicians, training staff and volunteers now have an arsenal of tools and techniques at their disposal. The menu includes:

    ; Food enrichmentFood is a great motivator. Food-stuffed Kongs? (above), peanut butter

    smeared bones, stuffed make-shift PVC toys and kibble frozen in ice cubes can keep boredom at

    bay. A Kong may be stuffed with banana, kibble, and a layer of peanut butter and then frozen,

    which makes for a long-lasting treat. Lightly frozen/packed ones teach the dogs the technique;

    harder and more tightly packed ones keep even the most adept dogs occupied for quite a while.

    ; Pooch PilatesWobble balance cushions and boxes of different heights and sizes provide

    physical challenges that increase dogs’ body awareness and confidence.

    ; Tactile enrichmentSupervised toy time may include access to Nylabones?, squeaky toys and

    plush toys. Hanging toys and mobiles also attract interest.

    ; Community RunDoggie recess involves group play, where the dogs learn to bond with each

    other and with people. Colorful play structures, climbing tunnels and shallow swimming pools are

    among the choices of activities that promote appropriate interaction, learning and confidence.

    ; Sound enrichment—CDs of music, nature sounds, and even “Dog Laughter,” are popular among

    the canines. The Laughing Dog CD sounds like animals rooting in the ground, but the dogs often

    really respond to it often with quiet curiosity.

    ; Scent enrichmentKennel surfaces are sprayed with a variety of scents including peppermint,

    almond, maple syrup, coconut, etc.

    ; Canine Wellness RoomBasically a doggie day spa, our Canine Wellness Room is a place with

    lots of pillows, calm lighting, soothing scents and music, where a dog can really unwind. Staff and

    volunteers provide TTouch, canine massage and even Reiki energy work.

    ; BondingCanine Cuddler volunteers or staff provide 10-20 minutes of calming human interaction

    inside individual dog runs, so that the run is thought of as a pleasant place to be. ; TreadmillTreadmills are sometimes used to help dogs release pent-up energy and for physical

    exercise.

    ; Agility equipmentBalance beams, jumps and tunnels give dogs more opportunities to challenge

    themselves and have fun.

    ; Bedding and cratesSome dogs like a half crate in their run so they have a little area to curl up in.

    Others prefer comforters or blankets. Getting to lie on big, comfy Durabull Bedz? in the kennels

    while staff are working nearby is a real treat. The donated beds help us meet our commitment to

    maintaining quality of life for our special dogs. The dogs love them for their roominess and comfort;

    staff love them because of their durability and easy-clean surface.

    A Day in the Life…

    ; In the morning, while their runs are being hosed, bleached and rinsed, Guide Dogs’ Training staff

    visit and reward the dogs for being quiet. Once the cleaning is done, if a dog needs a medical check,

    it will be taken to the vet clinic.

    ; Dogs in training usually go out either in the morning or the afternoon with their instructors (although,

    sometimes both). They’re loaded into the vans, have their training workout in town, and enjoy a

    mid-day meal in between the training excursions. When they are not out on training workouts, the

    rest of the day is theirs to enjoy down time or enrichment activities with the CWTs. Activities and

    down time are tailored to each individual dog, depending on their level of comfort and adaptation to

    the kennel environment. Activities and stimulation are increased for any dogs showing discomfort in

    the kennels; some dogs may even be brought into the offices to be cared for by staff doing

    administrative work to give the dogs a physical break from the kennel environment. ; Dogs that are career changed stay with their “string” (a group of dogs in the same stage of training)

    until they are returned to their puppy raisers or placed in adoptive homes. They receive the same

    care as the dogs in training with the exception of the training work-outs. They are put on a “walk

    list” to be walked by volunteers or taken out to play in a grassy paddock behind the kennels. If they

    are going to be in the kennel for an extended period of time are assigned to a specific canine

    welfare technician so they get the attention they need.

    Learn More Online!

    There is so much information about our kennel enrichment program, we couldn’t possibly include it all in this

    newsletter! Please visit our website at www.guidedogs.com/enrichment to learn even more about

    enrichment activities, including:

    ; A video of enrichment activities

    ; A photo slide show

    ; A video of our dogs getting ready for “Dog Day”—the day they meet their new blind partners

    ; Kong stuffing recipes like fruit salad and Philly cheese steak

    ; Book lists and helpful links for Clicker training, Pooch Pilates, animal Reiki, TTouch, etc. ; Fun activities for your pet (teach your dog to ride a skateboard!)

    Photos:

    ; Yellow Lab Tyra enjoys some play time.

    ; Canine Welfare Technician Shannon Del Buono gets a smooch.

    ; Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Diane Webster oversees a group play session in community run. ; Canine Welfare Technician Stephanie Thompson prepares a dog for a bath.

    ; CWT Alexia Stempel gets the full, undivided attention of dogs in her care by offering them a treat for

    their good manners.

    ; CWT Jessica Gonzales plays with a dog in the community run on “Toy Day” when they bring out

    dozens of new chew toys and plush toys.

    ; CWT Kenneth Koppes gets some love from a dog after a grooming session.

    ; CWT Betsy Mueller checks on a patient in the vet clinic.

    ; Marny Reardon helps Gatsby practice Pooch Pilates.

    ; CWT Christina Cuddy shows a dog a hanging chew toy.

    ; CWT Samantha Turnham practices obedience exercises with a dog. Below: Bath time with Alexia.

Donor Profile: Karen and Bill Ingalls

    Karen and Bill Ingalls of Santa Barbara, Calif., are wonderful examples of the power of partnering. Karen and Bill have a long history with Guide Dogs, both as donors and volunteers. They got involved many years ago when their yellow Lab, Josh, sired a litter of six puppies that they then donated to Guide Dogs; five of them went on to become working guides. Their current dog, yellow Lab Mc Greggor, is a direct descendant of Josh’s bloodline. On weekends, Karen, Bill and Mc Greggor head north to the Ingalls’ favorite spot—their

    Lake Nacimiento ranchwhere Mc Greggor gets to romp while Karen and Bill tend to their ranch chores.

    Karen devotes a lot of her time volunteering for Guide Dogs. In addition to running Ingalls Plumbing with Bill, she serves as the chairperson for the Santa Barbara Tri-County Friends of Guide Dogs, helping to raise the awareness and visibility of our mission in the Santa Barbara area.

    Together with former board chair and legendary supporter Norah Hamilton Straus, Karen has helped to grow the committee’s friend-building and fundraising events over the past several years. Most recently, Karen has worked tirelessly as the chair for the inaugural “Wine Sight” fundraiser (see next article). Her

    leadership has been invaluable to the success of the event, but she is happily up to the task.

    “I get to be part of a great group of people dedicated to helping Guide Dogs,” she said. “I love meeting the dogs, making new friends and supporting an organization where I can see the mission in action. There is no downside!”

Happenings

Outpouring of Support at Wine Sight

    We are proud to report that our first “Wine Sight” event, an extravaganza of Santa Barbara food and wine, successfully raised $142,000 earmarked for specialized veterinary care for Guide Dogs and Guide Dog puppies living on California’s Central Coast.

    Held in May at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort Hotel, Wine Sight was attended by nearly 250 guests. Highlights of the evening included a special puppy delivery of young pups that were handed over to their new puppy raising families; a keynote address by Guide Dogs’ alumna, Robin Libbee with her Guide Dog Gittle; and the “Fund a Need” package for veterinary care that resulted in 32 bidders raising $29,800 on that auction lot alone.

    Principal underwriting for Wine Sight was provided by Amgen, Inc., and Charlie Alva; other generous supporters include Merrill Lynch, Bryant & Sons Jewelers, and prominent Santa Barbara Area Winemakers Doug Margerum, Bryan Babcock and Ashley Parker Snyder. Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards was the evening’s principal winery sponsor. Our thanks to the Wine Sight

    committee, chaired by Karen Ingalls, as well as honorary and steering committee members, including: Norah Hamilton Straus, Barry and Jo Berkus, Jim and Chana Jackson, Lacey Baker-Smyth, the Borgatello Family (Marborg Industries), Hope Kelly, Charlie Alva, Chris and Sheryl Scott (Chris Scott Masonry and Building Materials) and Christopher Carroll, as well as Parker-Snider and Margerum. n

Photos:

    ; Reception winery representatives show off a few of the evening’s fine wines.

    ; Black Lab pup, Fern, meets a crowd of admirers.

    ; Puppy Raising Program Coordinator Mick Aguilera introduces puppy raiser Alice Garcia to her new

    four-footed charge, yellow Lab Garfield.

Seattle Unleashes the Love

    The sixth annual Seattle Champagne & Chocolates Gala “Unleash the Love” was presented by the Seattle Area Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter at the Grand Hyatt in February. The event was a sweet success, raising $97,000 to support veterinary care for Seattle-Area working guides and puppies in training, as well as the Delta Gamma Lectureships in Values and Ethics. Thank you to Gold Sponsor Millwork Concepts and event co-chairs Melissa and Scott Cavanaugh (shown at left with CEO Bob Phillips).

A Lunch Date in the OC

    The second annual Orange County Friends Committee event, Labs and Lunch, was held at Tivoli Too! in Laguna Beach in March. The event raised $37,735 for training, veterinary and support services for our graduates and dogs in Orange County. Thank you to Hero Sponsors Fred James, Pacific Monarch Resorts, and Cheryl and Carl Post; event co-chairs Dave and Susan Gerke. Pictured: Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman greeted by yellow Lab puppy Azteca.

Putting for the Pooches

    The third annual “Tee Off for Dogs” golf tournament in April at the Tijeras Creek Golf Course in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., raised $25,000 by GDB alumnus/tournament producer Frank Frand and his committee. GDB will receive all of the proceeds, with a portion dedicated to providing safety jackets for future students. Thank you to sponsors Health Net, Royal Canin, and South Coast Plaza.

Barrels of Fun

    Let’s raise a toast to the Alameda Committee, which held its 45th annual Wine Tasting at Rosenblum

    Cellars in Alameda, Calif., in May to benefit GDB. Proceeds from the event will go toward sponsoring a Guide Dog team. Committee President Helen Malloy is shown with Persia, one of the 15 Guide Dog puppies that attended the event, much to the delight of the crowd.

Dogs in the Yard

    Long-time Oregon campus volunteer Mary Anderson presents puppy raiser Scott Zobrist with his new black Lab pup, Fiorello (right). Oregon Puppy Raisers and hundreds of Guide Dog fans joined on a rainy day in May for a special “Bark in the Park” event at Portland’s PGE Park. Combining a Spring day of Beavers semi-pro baseball with a special pre-game puppy delivery behind home plate was a great way for Guide Dogs to spread the word and recruit new puppy raisers in the Portland-Area community.

Save the Date

    ; Support Our Canine Heroes Wine Gala

    Saturday, October 6, 2007

    Vineyard Pavilion, Yountville - Napa Valley, California

    Reception with live entertainment, multiple wineries and chefs, silent auction and lots of puppies!

    Plus, gourmet dinner and spirited live auction.Tickets are $300 prior to September 10; $350

    thereafter. Call (800) 295-4050 for tickets.

    ; “Mardi Gras Mutts” Fun Day 2007

    Saturday, August 4 (California campus)

    |Saturday, August 11 (Oregon campus)

    ; Oregon Fall Luncheon

    Friday, November 2, 2007

    Oregon Convention Center, Portland

    ; Festive Holiday Luncheon

    Wednesday, December 12, 2007

    The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco

For more information about these and other events, visit www.guidedogs.com

New Holiday Cards are Now Available!

    It’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays—our 2007 holiday card set is available now! New this

    year: a two card set. Each ten-card package includes five cards each of both cuddly full-color scenes shown above, and are available blank inside, or with the greeting, “Wishing you a cozy holiday.” See the enclosed Gift Shop Catalog to order yours today!

Mommy and Me

    Mother Knows Best! We’re setting out to prove it. In March, we began the Mommy Mentor Pilot Program,

    providing the opportunity for puppies to continue socializing under Mom’s guidance while they make the transition from the sheltered world of the whelping kennel to the bustling world of the puppy kennel.

Following Mom’s lead, the pups explore their new surroundings and she even leads them on their first

    campus walks. Somehow, things don’t seem as scary when Mom is by their side. After their first week in the puppy kennel, the pups are well on their way to becoming confident and curious, so Mom is able to go home and get some much needed rest and relaxation.

    We’ve already noticed that the pups are much more relaxed and willing to explore new things during the sessions with Mom. The motherly contact seems to speed them on their way to being confident and independent.

    As the success of this program continues, we hope to integrate it into our regular puppy socialization routine. Congratulations to our pilot “Mentor Moms” on a job well done—Gelato, Heritage, Swoozie, Sheri,

    Gemstone and Pella.

Of course, they’re as cute as can be! See the moms and pups in action in an online video!

    www.guidedogs.com/moms

Pictured: Pella and her pups

Team GDB: We’re on a Roll!

    The Guide Dog Lifestyle is an active, healthy lifestyle. It’s a model for the teamwork most people often

    experience through sports activities. With that in mind, we are excited to announce the creation of “Team GDB”—a way for GDB supporters to share their enthusiasm for our mission while participating in sporting events.

    In the first-ever Team GDB event, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Paolo Pompanin organized a cycle team of GDB alumni, puppy raisers, staff and supporters to participate in the American Diabetes Association’s “Tour de Cure” bicycle ride in May.

    The 33 cyclists took to the scenic byways of Napa Valley for 10, 25, 50 or 100-mile rides, and raised $17,000 to support the American Diabetes Association’s efforts.

    Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness in the United States today. Team GDB was eager to share the message that until a cure is found, people can still enjoy active, healthy lifestyles despite diabetes and blindness.

    Among the team’s cyclists were GDB alumnae Jessica Gonzales, Aerial Gilbert and Ayaka Isono, who completed the ride on tandem bicycles piloted by sighted teammates. Participants were enthusiastically greeted at the finish line by a host of Guide Dog puppies, raisers and friends who had come to cheer on the team.

    Team GDB is just another way of showing the commitment we have to using our power of partnering to improve quality of life. It’s only natural, since teamwork is what we do every day. Stay tuned for future opportunities to join up with or start a Team GDB in your area!

Photos:

    ; Tandem cyclists Zach Roth, a Guide Dog mobility instructor, with his wife Ayaka Isono and her

    guide Pablo.

    ; A group photo of Team GDB.

    ; Cycling Legend Greg LeMond, visiting with Puppy Raiser Brenda Douglas and yellow Lab Blaine. ; Team Captain Paolo Pompanin and his tandem cycling partner GDB alumna Jessica Gonzales. ; Alumnae Jessica Gonzales (l) and Fender; Aerial Gilbert and Hedda.

    ; Tandem cyclists Simon Andulib and Aerial Gilbert.

    News of Our Graduates

    ; Knowing that she might one day lose her sight to retinopathy, Janine Prindle and her family devoted

    their lives to raising 30 Guide Dog puppies since 1985 as members of the Enumclaw Washington’s

    Future Vision Puppy Raising Club. Janine served as the club’s leader. She was honored by her

    club and community in a special reception in May. The event gave friends and family a chance to

    meet her new guide, Cranberry, and celebrate her many accomplishments. Under her leadership,

    the club has raised 186 Guide Dog puppies.

    ; William Ferrell of Memphis, Tenn., and his guide, yellow Lab Castor, recently gave a presentation

    to the Second Grade students at the Macon Road Baptist School, where William reports that “Mr.

    Castor” was a perfect gentleman. The kids and teachers loved the duo so much, they’ve already

    invited them back for next year!

    ; Sue Phillips of Beaverton, Ore., reports that she and her black Lab guide, Beta, are busy spreading

    the word about Guide Dogs. The two travel to schools, day care centers, support group meetings

    and anywhere else interested to give presentations. They even recently appeared in an

    informational video for Allsup, Inc., a provider of nationwide social security disability benefit

    services. “I feel it is important to teach about regaining the ability to be independent and living life to

    the fullest,” Sue said. “I must say, that’s exactly what Beta and I are doing now!”

    ; John Morrison of Prince George, British Columbia, has been named as a recipient of the Coast

    Mental Health Foundation’s 2007 Courage to Come Back Awards, which annually honors six

    people for their courage to overcome and recover from illness, injury or adversity. John lost his

    sight as well as both legs due to complications from diabetes, yet has maintained his unfaltering

    sense of humour and commitment to his community.

    “I was the only person in my community with a double prosthesis who was walking by himself,”

    John said. “With my Guide Dog at the time, Nasa, I used a special harness that provided ample

    support to lean on when I was having troubles walking. Nasa was a very accepting dog, no matter

    what. He was a great space cadet!”

    John has been a member of the City of Prince George’s Special Needs Advisory Committee, and

    has done many presentations in local schools to educate students on disabilities, incorporating

    demonstrations with his Guide Dog.

    ; The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued yellow Lab guide Neoki (partner to Guide

    Dogs’ Board Member Cecilia Von Beroldingen) her very own security badge (pictured, above). She

    proudly wears it while at work every day at the DOJ’s facility in Sacramento where Cecilia is a

    forensic scientist.

    ; Bruce Breslauer of Great Falls, Mont., has been named as Oberlin College’s Class Agent of the

    Year for his successful fundraising efforts with his 35th reunion class. Bruce is an orientation and

    mobility specialist for the State of Montana; his guide is black Lab Glendale. ; Roselle, the world-famous 9-11 Guide Dog, retired in March and was honored with a 21-dog salute

    by fellow Guide Dogs and pet dogs at the California campus (She is pictured center stage at the

    ceremony with her long-time partner, Michael Hingson). She is currently enjoying life as a pet in the

    Hingson home, leaving the work of guiding to another Lab, Meryl. Roselle has traveled throughout

    the world with Michael; she will be remembered for her ability to stay calm and focused as the duo

    escaped the collapsing World Trade Center to safety. Their experience is a testament to the

    human-animal bond. Hear her story at www.gooddogpodcast.com.

    ; Chuck Ayers, with yellow Lab Rickles, of Tulsa, Okla., has launched a new website, home to his

    “Sunrise Jazz Cafe” radio program, dedicated to classic, small combo jazz. His programs are

    archived on the site, which also features a blog about all things jazz. Check it out at:

    www.chuckayers.com.

    ; Sammie McKay, with black Lab guide Carrie, of Buena Vista, Colo., recently testified before the

    Colorado Senate Committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs regarding a bill to create a

    commission on services for the blind or visually impaired. Sammie was pleased to report that the

    bill was successfully passed.

    ; A trio of GDB alumni from Oakdale, Calif., gathered recently for an afternoon of tea and tales. The

    party, hosted by Janet Gearhart and her guide, Lab/Golden cross Donovan, and her retired guide,

    yellow Lab Sanchez, was attended by Priscilla McDonald with yellow Lab guide Breaker, and Dora

    Costello with yellow Lab Makana.

    ; Evelyn Burris with yellow Lab Colusa of Modesto, Calif., recently gave a presentation about Guide

    Dogs to the Del Rio Country Club Women’s Group. The group has been a long-time supporter of

    GDB, and has a fun way to collect contributions throughout the year for its annual donation to Guide

    Dogs: the ladies donate 25 cents to their “Putt Puppy Bank” every time they three-putt a hole!

    ; California’s Riverside Police Department recently awarded Deborah Kraimer an official police

    badge for her support of the force and her community. Deborah has been giving regular

    presentations to the department (including special requests by the K-9 Unit officers) about Guide

    Dogs for the last 11 years. Her current guide, German Shepherd Cactus, proudly wears the badge

    on her harness.

    ; Three British Columbia alumni are members of the “Eye of the Dragon” dragon boat racing team

    sponsored by BC Blind Sports and Recreation: Linda Weber, with yellow Lab Nanny; David Brun

    with black Lab Deacon; and Gary Piroscho with yellow Lab Soho. Half of the team is blind or

    visually impaired. They attend several festivals during the racing season, and will travel to San

    Francisco to compete in September.

    ; Guide Dogs’ Board Member Vickie Kennedy of Honolulu, with yellow Lab Freida, participated

    recently in Hawaii’s “Shelter Level 2” disaster preparedness exercise for the individuals with special

    needs and for those with pets. The American Red Cross worked with the Hawaiian Humane

    Society and other agencies for the first such exercise held in the United States. Participants

    gathered in the gym of a local high school to go through the procedures to take in the event of an

    actual emergency. Since she was the only service dog in attendance, Freida was very popular!

NBA Stars Visit Oregon Campus

    Members of the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trail Blazers paid a visit to the Oregon campus

    in April to help raise awareness of our mission. Trail Blazers’ Raef LaFrentz, Rookie of the Year Brandon

    Roy and Travis Outlaw and enjoyed a first-hand experience of working dogs through an obstacle course while under blindfold.

    According to 6'11" forward LaFrentz, “Letting the dog lead you is a tough thing to do, but they are so good, you just need to trust them.” The key is teamwork, a concept LaFrentz knows something about.

    “These animals are amazing!” said Roy, 6'6" guard. “This experience makes me appreciate the bond between people and dogs more than ever. I’m so impressed with what these dogs are able to do for people.”

    After the experience, the Portland Trail Blazers management extended an invitation to Guide Dog graduates and staff to attend a home Trail Blazers game, and showed a video of their campus visit on the big screen during the half-time program. Subsequent televised games also showed highlights of their visit to the campus to a national viewing audience.

    As with the sport of basketball, true guidework is not a solo effort. It takes training, trust and a team attitude to make great things happen. We thank the Portland Trail Blazers for introducing our mission to a whole new audience.

Row, Row, Row at JBO

    Success was the name of the game at the Junior Blind Olympics (JBO) as more than 200 blind youth between the ages of 6-19 were encouraged to try their skills at relays, archery, shot-put and rowing. The

    event, sponsored by the Junior Blind of America in Los Angeles, was a perfect opportunity to utilize Guide Dogs’ power of partnership.

    Guide Dogs’ Outreach Manager Aerial Gilbert initiated the rowing activities and invited Olympic Gold Medalist Xeno Muller to mentor the young rowers on indoor rowing machines supplied by Concept2.

    Through this collaboration, participants were able to experience the thrill of an active lifestyle and were encouraged to explore the possibility of life with a Guide Dog. Attendees got a chance to meet Guide Dog puppies and take Juno walks that simulate traveling with a Guide Dog.

Think About Charitable Gift Annuities

    Six creative planning ideas on ways to fund a planned gift

    Think a charitable gift annuity (CGA) is not for you? Well, think again! There are many ways to fund a charitable gift annuity with assets other than cash or stock Here are a few alternative assets that also work to establish a CGA; find the one that is right for you!

    ; U.S. Savings Bonds with accumulated interest

    ; Corporate Bonds with locked in capital gains

    ; Cash value of a life insurance policy or variable annuity

    ; Stamp collection, artwork or other tangible property

In addition, here’s a couple of additional ideas for setting up a CGA that you might not have considered:

    ; Establish a CGA for someone else (such as a parent or child)

    ; Establish a CGA as an alternative to maturing CDs

There are many ways to “think outside of the box” when creating your estate plans, and we are here to help.

    Please contact us with your ideas and questions; we’ll help to make your vision a reality. Call the Planned

    Giving Office at (800) 295-4050, or email Assistant Director of Planned Giving Bob Sonnenberg at bsonnenberg@guidedogs.com.

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