Celebrate Guide Dogs Everywhere with National Guide Dog Month

Posted on Sep 6 2016 - 9:29pm by Susan Bewley

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Did you know that September is National Guide Dog Month? As someone who has spent time working with teenagers and adults with special needs, I know firsthand how much dogs can change the lives of those with disabilities. One of the few communities I hadn’t worked with, however, is the visually impaired. For them, guide dogs are everything, since they are not just their eyes, but a faithful companion that keeps them safe and lets them know constantly they are loved. That being said, many people don’t know how to react to the visually impaired and their helpers, making the situation awkward for everyone involved. Would it be great if you could understand them and their guide dogs a bit better?

As part of National Guide Dog Month, we are excited to be partnering with Natural Balance and Guide Dogs for the Blind (a non-profit charitable organization that raises and trains exceptional guide dogs to serve the blind and visually impaired) to recognize the ‘Top Human-Canine Teams Who Make Us Believe’.  These nine teams are an outstanding example of the amazing partnership possible between humans and their amazing guide dogs.

Michelle Yoo + Oscar

We were inspired the most by Michelle Yoo and her guide dog Oscar. Born with glaucoma, she had spent most of her young life unable to navigate the world, constantly having bumps and bruises. While working on her undergraduate degree in psychology, she made a split second decision to apply for Guide Dogs for the Blind, who matched her with her beautiful golden guide dog companion Oscar. The two immediately fell in step with one another and within two months became lifelong partners. For the first itme, she could walk with confidence on campus and do things she could never imagine with ease.

Today, the two tackle intense psychology and jiu jitsu classes together. Of course, they also leave the room for playtime, making sure that both Oscar is just as happy as Michelle. Now, Michelle and Oscar are primed to tackle deadlines and take the mental health field by storm with their partnership. If there is one thing that won’t keep her down, it is blindness!

Part of what inspired us so much about this story is how it resonates with us – Ivi regularly helps children with special needs.  Throughout the year, she visits a children’s psychiatric hospital, where she is a calm and comforting presence. As well, Ivi is excited to be working with her parents and her little sister Rylie to make people everywhere smile with their antics. If there is anything Ivi loves to do, it is help people smile – whether children facing a difficult time, or simply helping her mom with her own anxiety.

Guide Dog Adult and Puppy

To read other amazing stories like Michelle and Oscar’s, make sure to head over the Natural Balance website. Along with reading the eight amazing stories of these human-canine teams, you can also donate to Guide Dogs to the Blind.

Do you know any amazing canine and human pairs, especially those with special needs? Make sure to tell us about them in the comment section below!

National Guide Dog Month

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

20 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Judy Thomas September 6, 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    In New Zealand you can sponsor the guide dog puppies .I think it’s a brilliant and worthwhile charity.

  2. Christy Caldwell September 6, 2016 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Wonderful post. I’m always fascinated by guide, service, and rescue dogs.

  3. Debbie (@DebbieK427) September 6, 2016 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Great article and I did not know that September is National Guide Dog Month so it’s very interesting! This is a great cause!

  4. amy guillaume linderman September 7, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    someday we hope to help train a guide dog

  5. amy guillaume linderman September 7, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    someday we hope to help train a guide dog. we know someone who has trained one.

  6. Sara September 7, 2016 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Cute dogs

  7. Barrie September 7, 2016 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Guide dogs are amazing and it’s important to ALWAYS ask before you pet a dog as the dog is working and can’t be distracted!

  8. Lynn Desroche September 8, 2016 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Guide dogs are so amazing! What a blessing to those they help.

  9. Amy Green September 9, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    This is a really cool post for a very good cause. I first learned what a guide dog was from the tv show “The Golden Girls”, when Betty White’s sister needed a seeing-eye dog.

  10. Sue Mullaney September 11, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Guide dogs really are wonderful. I’ve even read about how some courthouses have “service dogs” for witnesses (particularly children) who might have to give testimony; the dogs help calm the witnesses down so it’s easier for them to testify.

  11. Cynthia R September 13, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    My boyfriend’s cousin works at a place that trains guide dogs. It’s amazing what these animals can do. So smart!

  12. Sarah L September 13, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    My friend uses a guide dog and it has made her life so much better. Very worthwhile organization.

  13. Agnes Dela Cruz September 16, 2016 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    I will share this post to my friend who loves dogs. I wish we can take care of one.

  14. deanna September 20, 2016 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Dogs are so amazing. I appreciate everything they do for their humans!

  15. Sarah L September 21, 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    A seeing eye dog can do so much for a person who is blind.

  16. Kimberly Flickinger September 23, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    We are actually in the process of training one of our dogs to be a guide dog. Thank you very much for sharing this, was very informative.

  17. Sarah L September 24, 2016 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I love how helpful guide dogs can be.

  18. Jerry Marquardt September 25, 2016 at 2:06 am - Reply

    These pups are of true honor. What they do for their owners is so heroic. Thanks for featuring this post to honor them.

  19. Amber Ludwig October 7, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

    I love this!! What an amazing way to make a change in someone’s life!!

  20. lisa October 8, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I’m not an animal lover, but guide dogs are a blessing. They really do save lives.

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