Category: Graduate Tales

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Tom Olzak’s GDA Story

Tom Olzak was first introduced to Guide Dogs of America (GDA) at a California Council for the Blind convention in 2004. It was there that a GDA instructor offered Tom to take one of our guide dogs for a test … Read more

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Team Jirby: “New Family”

Kirby’s puppy raiser is his Puppy Mama! Her name is Jennifer Beuhler. I never anticipated meeting Kirby’s puppy raiser and then instantly becoming family! On the day of Graduation I had no idea of what I was about to experience … Read more

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GDA Grad Inspires CW Pilot

Guide Dogs of America is honored to receive support from CW Good Guide Dogs of America is honored to receive support from CW Good, the  philanthropic arm of the CW Network. Their participation has come in the form of sponsorships, … Read more

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Team Jirby’s Miracle Journey

My experience at Guide Dogs of America and receiving my Guide Dog Kirby were truly modern day miracles. My miracle journey began 20 years ago when I was diagnosed with the family eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. For those unfamiliar … Read more

Stevie Provides the Gift of Comfort

In a time of great sadness and grief, Hospice of the North Coast provides exceptional care to patients while supporting their family members at the Pacifica House. The Pacifica House is the only short term in-patient facility in North San … Read more

GDA’s “It” Factor

What is it that makes someone choose Guide Dogs of America for their first guide dog and what keeps others coming back time after time? We asked our graduates to tell us, in their own words and through their personal … Read more

Katrina Stanley and Pali at San Diego Beach

Guide Dogs of America Grads Are On The Go

When students arrive at GDA, it is with the goal of achieving greater independence, mobility and freedom. Having the assistance and companionship of a guide dog certainly makes the day-to-day and routine activities easier. But for guide dog teams, exploring … Read more