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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

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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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Who Led the Pack? Superheroes on Parade Awards

After 10 months of exciting unveilings and viewings of the 101 magnificent Superheroes on Parade dog sculptures, 114,399 votes were cast online to select the public’s favorites. In this second year of this tail-wagging awareness and fundraising campaign, individually decorated, puppy-sized sculptures were featured in Sarasota while larger-than-life dogs were created for St. Petersburg and Tampa. Southeastern Guide…

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The American kennel Club highlights some of our adorable puppies wearing specially-made tiny mock harnesses to help them become accustomed to the equipment they’ll wear when they’re old enough. Click here for the full story.

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Two puppy brothers star as guide dogs

Kathryn Bursch of WTSP 10 News attended the graduation of Class #240 and filed a great news report featuring siblings Jackie and Gibson who had starred in our PSA campaign in 2014. She included an interview with new graduate Carol Messner talking about how wonderful Jackie is and how he will change her life. Click…

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Teen donates $1,000 of bat mitzvah money to Palmetto's Southeastern Guide Dogs

Illinois native Nicole LeVee celebrated her bat mitzvah last month and collected $1,000 in cash. It was a lot of money for a girl just entering her teenage years. While the temptation to spend that money on teenage desires would be considered normal, LeVee turned all of it over to Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto…

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New puppy training facility in Palmetto

Jake Peterson of ABC Action News in Tampa created this report on the groundbreaking for the new Puppy Academy with the help of Suzy Wilburn and Carson, Joel Clark and Idunn. Click here to read.

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