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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

Dogs Want to Party Too!

The Santa Clarita Quilters Guild crafted and generously donated this quilt, titled “Dogs Want to Party Too!” to benefit Guide Dogs of America’s programs that provide professionally trained guide dogs, and instruction in their care and use, free of charge … 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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Toxic Household Items for Dogs

Do you have an inquisitive pooch living in your home with you? Most dog owners are switched on enough to keep the harmful things out of reach, but pups can be pretty persistent if they want to get a hold … Read more

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Help GDA Make Teams Come True!

In two years, someone we haven’t met yet will sit anxiously in their dorm room, waiting for a trainer to walk in with a highly trained guide dog picked especially for them.  In two years, someone we haven’t met yet … Read more

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Leave a Lasting Legacy

Support Our Student Dorm Renovation Project In 2018, Guide Dogs of America underwent much-needed renovations of our student dormitory and administration building. We reconfigured the inside architecture to create more inviting and collaborative workspaces, added four bedrooms to allow for … 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

Experience “Dinner in the Dark”

“Join us for an “eye-opening” evening at our “Dinner in the Dark” and Wine Tasting. Guests will experience dining while blindfolded and gain an awareness of some challenges faced by people who are blind or visually-impaired. You may also purchase … Read more

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“Doggie in the Window” Quilt

Thank you to all who contributed to the Annual GDA Quilt Raffle! The winner is Juliana Bates from Sandy Spring, Maryland. This year’s quilt was handcrafted by “The Orange County Quilters Guild”, and Maryann Hertel. The Orange County Quilters crafted and … Read more

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GDA’s Annual Fund-a-Need Campaign Kicks-Off!

GDA’s annual Fund-a-Need campaign kicks-off on November 27 and will run through December 31 with BiddingForGood. Every year we run this campaign, and every year you respond with incredible generosity that helps us improve the lives of people who are visually impaired. Our … Read more

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Can I Raise a Guide Dog Puppy?

My goal was unique – I wanted to be a Guide Dogs of America puppy raiser!  If you ask the average 7 year old what they want to be when they grow up you’ll probably get a variety of answers. … Read more

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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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Bone Voyage Charity Banquet!

Join us for Guide Dogs of America’s 38th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet in Las Vegas November 15-17, 2018. We are setting sail at this year’s banquet, Saturday the 17th at the Paris Hotel, appropriately themed “bone voyage” — … 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