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    Default Seeing eye service dogs?

    Does anyone here have any experience with seeing-eye service dogs? I have a good friend who started going blind in high school and it has progressivly gotten worse. I haven't seen him in about 3 years and he is now to the point where he has to use a cane while out walking alone or needs to be led by hanging onto someone. He is looking at getting a seeing-eye dog but doesn't have a lot of knowledge on he subject. He knows I'm a dog guy and asked me about it but I'm clueless on that also. Just thought I'd use RTF as a resource to try to help my buddy out and see if anyone has any contacts or train service dogs. Feel free to PM with responses also. He lives in Sioux Falls SD and I think he'd like to find someone within a reasonable distance of there.

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    Christopher Nemitz

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    Hi Christopher,
    Dog guides are fantastic. I have raised several and have two retired dog guides that I adopted here with me now. My wife is a vision specialist and is extremely familiar with most all US schools. Three schools come to mind; Guiding Eyes for the Blind, The Seeing Eye, and Leader Dog. I will be happy to post numbers and contact info for your friend, if you like. A dog from one of these schools will change your friends life-guaranteed! Oz
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    Thanks Oz I'll pass those three schools on to him.
    Christopher Nemitz

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    I used to live in Morristown, NJ where The Seeing Eye is located. Wonderful people. My neighbor was an older blind lady and she had a great guide dog.

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    Christopher,
    My husband, Tony, and I are volunteer puppy raisers for Leader Dogs for the Blind. They provide orientation and mobility training as well as dog guides for people who are blind and deaf blind. You can learn more about the organization here. http://leaderdog.org/. I have heard great things too about The Seeing Eye in NJ. If I can provide any further information about the Leader Dog program feel free to contact me. trudie@kuka.us

    Trudie

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    I worked as staff doctor for 4 years at Guide Dogs of America and it is also a fantastic program. They have graduates all over the country and the world, and provide dogs free of charge to those who are vision impaired. They also provide free medical care for the working life of the dog. http://www.guidedogsofamerica.org/1/
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