Category: Graduate Tales

Kennelside Chats

Check out our Kennelside Chats series, Guide Dog of America and Tender Loving Canines graduates discuss their personal experiences and journeys with their service dog partners. Our GDA Kennelside Chat series offers an in-depth look at assorted topics of interest … Read more

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Adam Bailey and His Dog Mica

Adam Bailey, who lives in Lake Stevens, echoes those sentiments in gaining friends at GDA, as well as the tremendous difference his Guide Dog, Mica, has made in his life. “Before I had Mica, I used a white cane so … Read more

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Antonio Fotualii and His Dog Ted

Since receiving his golden lab “Ted” in May, Antonio Fotualii (age 29) has fewer restrictions and more choices. Antonio lives on Capitol Hill in Seattle, is a Type 1 diabetic who was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy at the age of … Read more

Raising a GDA puppy

I have to admit that when I first brought home an adorable little puppy named Kiwi, one thought running through my head was that it was going to break my heart to give her up.  And I did cry when … Read more

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Team Jirby: Viva Las Vegas!

Recently Kirby and I made a trip to Las Vegas to visit family.  Seeing the family was fun and of course they loved meeting Kirby, but the best part was how excited Kirby and I were about experiencing this adventure … Read more

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Team Jirby: A Trip to the Dentist

As you can imagine, a flood of questions bombarded my mind. What will I do with Kirby when I am getting my teeth cleaned or while I am having x-rays? Where will he sit? Will he be worried? Then I … 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

“How do you give up your puppy?”

The most frequent comment I got when I was out in public with Kirby besides, “oh my gosh he’s so cute,” was, “how can you give him up? I could never do that.” To be honest, when I started this … Read more