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Lessons from my Service Dog, Blue

After four years together with Blue, I still marvel at our relationship. It is too trite to say we are simply companions; it is much more profound. There is a depth to his gaze that is hard to fathom. He is not merely looking at me but radiates a sense of calm. And in that...

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Covid-19 Detection Dog | The Nose Knows

Buffy has been in the news lately! Here are excerpts from her press release from Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, and then below, you can find out how Buffy was trained in an article that appeared in our spring news magazine, Life Unleashed. PRESS RELEASE – April 2021 COVID-19 DETECTION DOG AT WORK AT DOCTORS HOSPITAL...

Create Your Will

Convenient and Free! Create your Will at Freewill.com Here’s an excellent goal you can check off your list with ease, and while you are at it, you can protect the people and pets you love most—at no cost. You can now write your legally-valid will online with a convenient tool called FreeWill.com. It’s free! Southeastern...

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Behind the Scenes: Creating Dogs of Destiny

Jen Noble is an Emmy® Award-winning video storyteller, and the producer of the premiere episode of Dogs of Destiny, a new web series that dives into the many stories surrounding the dogs of Southeastern Guide Dogs, and the humans lucky enough to raise, train, and interact with them in real life. We wanted to get...

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Meet Midnight

Meet Midnight, Facility Therapy Dog Meet Midnight, the facility therapy dog bringing smiles to military personnel and their families at the 140th Wing of the Colorado Air National Guard. As the Director of Psychological Health Services for the 140th Wing of the Colorado Air National Guard in Aurora, Colorado, Virginia Howard helps members and their…

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Meet the Class – Service Dog Class #302

Join us in welcoming Service Dog Class 302 to the Southeastern Guide Dogs family! These veterans pushed past obstacles and arrived on our Palmetto, Florida campus to train in the heat of summer. Their new dogs make it all worthwhile! Meet the class here, and read more about them in our Commencement Program below. Class…

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Behind the Scenes: Making “Freedom Walk” work

The web series Dogs of Destiny seeks to show all aspects of Southeastern Guide Dogs in action. But sometimes itʼs nice to look back at an organizationʼs humble beginnings to see just how far it’s come. In this ‘looking back / moving forwardʼ episode, you can see connections between what we did then, and the…

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Meet Guide Dog Class #301

Congratulations, Guide Dog Class #301 We’re happy to welcome our newest guide dog alumni and offer hearty congratulations for the life-transforming gifts of freedom, independence, and adventure they now enjoy with their extraordinary dogs. Seven students recently came together from Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and South Carolina to be paired with their guides, two as returning…

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How to Become a Guide Dog Trainer

A guide dog trainer takes a break from training to give the guide dog a head scratch At Southeastern Guide Dogs, most of our guide dog trainers begin their careers here as canine care technicians, taking care of dogs that are training on our campus. This entry-level position requires a love of dogs as well…

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