• Graduate Team Rene and Naboo

    1 month ago - By Guiding Eyes

    Meet March Home Training Graduate Rene
    Graduate Team : Rene and Naboo
    About the Team: Naboo, a female black Lab, is Rene's 1st guide dog
    Hometown: Venice, Florida
    Guide Dog Mobility Instructor: Nikki Wentz
    Rene has completed training with her first guide dog, Naboo. Since retiring, she and her husband recently relocated to Florida from Colorado and enjoy living close to their son. Rene's son is also visually impaired and skied in the 2018 Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Rene enjoyed the opportunity to attend the games and cheer on her son and Team USA. Rene likes to travel...
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  • Graduate Team - Navonne and Praline

    Graduate Team - Navonne and Praline

    1 month ago - By Guiding Eyes

    Meet March Residential Training Graduate Navonne
    Graduate Team: Navonne and Praline
    About the Team: Praline, a female yellow Lab is Navonne's 1st guide dog
    Hometown: McDonough, Georgia
    Guide Dog Mobility Instructor: Alyssa David
    Navonne is a U.S. Army veteran, who proudly served as an airborne combat medic for 13 years. During her remarkable career, she was deployed five times, including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but an explosive IED blast resulted in a serious head injury. Navonne experienced vision loss associated with her injuries, and during her care doctors also discovered...
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  • Graduate Team - Ezrick and Brutus

    Graduate Team - Ezrick and Brutus

    1 month ago - By Guiding Eyes

    Meet March Residential Training Graduate Ezrick
    Graduate Team : Ezric k and Brutus
    About the Team: Brutus, a yellow male Lab, is Ezrick's 1st guide dog
    Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
    Guide Dog Mobility Instructor : Marybeth Totaro
    Ezrick is 25 years old and working toward his associate degree in Business Administration at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He lives in Brooklyn with his mother and two younger sisters. Ezrick was born with Leber Congenital Amaurosis , a rare genetic eye disorder, that causes severe vision impairment at birth. Through his teenage and young adult years...
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  • Graduate Team Tracey and Triscuit

    Graduate Team Tracey and Triscuit

    1 month ago - By Guiding Eyes

    Meet March Home Training Graduate Tracey
    Graduate Team : Tracey and Triscuit
    About the Team: Triscuit, a female yellow Lab, is Tracey's 1st guide dog
    Hometown: Mechanicville, New York
    Guide Dog Mobility Instructor: Kathy Rooney
    Tracey lives just north of Albany, NY with her husband and two kids, along with their cat Jack and her guide dog Triscuit. Tracey is retired from a career in Human Resources where she worked as a rewards director and managed compensation for publishing company, John Wiley & Sons. In her free time, she enjoys walking, exercising, and keeping an herb garden during the...
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  • Graduate Team Angel and Hobie

    Graduate Team Angel and Hobie

    1 month ago - By Guiding Eyes

    Meet March Home Training Graduate Angel
    Graduate Team : Angel and Hobie
    About the Team: Hobie, a male German Shepherd, is Angel's 5th Guiding Eyes dog
    Hometown: Woodhaven, New York
    Guide Dog Mobility Instructor : Jolene Hollister
    Angel and his wife Gladys have been married for 29 years, and live in Queens with daughter, Lia, 14, who is a freshman in high school. They are clearly a German Shepherd family, as Hobie is Angel's 4th Shepherd guide dog, including his previous guide, Kilo. He prefers the manner in which they guide, describing their movement as very curvy and smooth, as they glide...
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  • Graduate Team - Linda and Disney

    Graduate Team - Linda and Disney

    1 month ago - By Guiding Eyes

    Meet March Residential Training Graduate Linda
    Graduate Team: Linda and Disney
    About the Team: Disney, a male black & tan Lab, is Linda's 6th guide dog
    Hometown: Erving, Massachusetts
    Guide Dog Mobility Instructor: Marybeth Totaro
    Linda's 6th guide dog, Disney, is her first from Guiding Eyes. She is married with two grown children. She has been employed for thirty-four years as a professional vocational rehabilitation counselor. For the past twelve years she has served as the unit supervisor of her office, leading a talented team of professional counseling staff. Linda has expanded job...
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  • Graduate Team - Rebecca and Bud

    Graduate Team - Rebecca and Bud

    1 month ago - By Guiding Eyes

    Meet March Residential Training Graduate Rebecca
    Graduate Team : Rebecca and Bud
    About the Team: Bud, a male yellow Lab, is Rebecca's first guide dog
    Hometown: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
    Guide Dog Mobility Instructor: Alyssa David
    Rebecca earned her bachelor's degree in finance and accounting at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, earning a master's degree in counseling. Rebecca is employed as a Human Resource Generalist at Beyond Vision. Rebecca enjoys travel and is also a runner, having run several marathons and half...
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