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23rd Annual Guide Dog Appreciation Day

Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) paid tribute to the canine companions who make it possible for so many people to lead independent lives by hosting Guide Dog Appreciation Day.  The event recognized the gifts of independence, dignity, and self-confidence that these talented dogs give to their owners.

 

Guide dogs, also known as service animals or assistance animals, are dogs trained to lead people who are blind or visually impaired around obstacles.  The human half of the guide dog team does the directing, based upon skills acquired through previous mobility training.  These service dogs give a person who is blind more confidence, friendship, and security.  People who are blind that use service animals have increased confidence in going about day-to-day life and are comforted by a constant friend.  It is important to remember that service animals are working animals and should not be distracted or treated as a normal dogs while they are working and on a harness.  Once off the
harness and not working, they can then be treated as a regular dogs and enjoy playing and interacting with people.

ASB acknowledges that all Guide Dogs are very special and deserve recognition for the daily services they provide to our clients and employees.  ASB chose this year to give out Protex Pawz Waterproof Dog Boots to those who have Guide Dogs in the area.  The boots were available in the lobby of ASB Headquarters, located at 919 Walnut Street on Thursday, March 30 to any person with a Guide Dog.

ASB President and CEO Patricia C. Johnson also showed ASB’s appreciation to ASB Employee Bette Homer and Guide Dog Aaron.  Aaron was given various toys and treats to play with as he was let off his harness and allowed to roam the ASB halls to say hello to everyone and be thanked for his service.

 

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