Check out our new series of Kennelside Chats, 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 to our community at-large, from honest discussions with graduates about navigating the world with a highly skilled guide dog by their side, a review of the admissions process and our 21-day in-residence training program, an in-depth look at the Tender Loving Canines side of the Guide Dogs of America Family, and much more! Kennelside chats are conducted using Zoom webinar technology and are archived as audio recordings.
Adam Beasley, Daleville volunteer with Guide Dogs of America, talks with Carolyn Hutcheson, host of In Focus, about Guide Dogs and Service Dogs, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Adam is pictured left with retired Guide Dog Asia.
Greg Steinmetz, GDA’s manager of admissions and graduate services reviews the ins and outs of Guide Dogs of America’s admissions process; what’s required of applicants to be accepted into the program; and how the 21-day residential program is structured.
Lorri Bernson and Captain with Adam Bailey and Mica
This month we feature Lorri Bernson and Adam Bailey: Lorri is a four-time GDA graduate, as well as the organization’s media and community liaison. Adam Bailey is currently enjoying life with his first-ever guide dog, Mica, from Guide Dogs of America. Lorri and Adam appeared as special guests during the Puppy Department’s all-area monthly puppy group meeting, held via Zoom during this time of physical distancing. Their stories are so inspirational, we wanted to make them available for all to enjoy.
Tom Olzak with Goliath
Tom Olzak, two-time GDA graduate and current board member at Guide Dogs of America. Originally recorded on April 9. Tom is a wealth of information and a natural storyteller, and it was an absolute gift to hear him recount his personal experience as a guide dog user, and share how much having his guide dogs — first Wrigley and now Goliath — have changed his life.