In the News – April 2021

In The News

April 2021

April at Southeastern Guide Dogs brought lots of excitement! As we prepared for National Walkathon Day, local media outlets like FOX 13 Tampa Bay, Suncoast View, and 105.9 Sunny FM helped spread the word of the event. Additionally, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota introduced a new four-legged employee named Buffy. Southeastern Guide Dogs trained Buffy to detect COVID-19, and in her role at the hospital, she screens visitors to make sure they are COVID-free!

To top it off, Forbes interviewed CEO Titus Herman, Dog O Dog featured graduate Katie McCoy for International Guide Dog Day, and Veterans Corner Radio spoke to Service Dog Trainer Lauren Davis to learn about our veteran services. Check out these stories and more from media outlets across the country.


Puppies run through a grassy field

Southeastern Guide Dogs Launches National Walkathon on Saturday

Over the weekend supporters and their dogs across the country joined National Walkathon Day! Many local media outlets helped us gear up for the event, including Charley’s World at FOX 13 Tampa Bay. Watch one of the segments here and see some more coverage highlights below.


Titus Herman, CEO, holds a puppy

Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Noble Model For Helping Vision Impaired, Disabled Veterans And Children

Forbes spoke with Titus Herman to learn more about Southeastern Guide Dogs and our organization’s model. Titus shared stories of our graduates, how commencement is a favorite of the job, and what goes in to training incredible, working dogs for the people that need them most. Read the interview here.


A yellow lab lays down next to a mans feet

COVID-19 Detection Dog Helps Screen Visitors at Doctors Hospital

A new talented, four-legged addition now greets people at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Local media met Buffy, a COVID-19 detection dog, and witnessed how she screens visitors entering the hospital. Watch a clip from ABC Action News here.

Rachel sits with her two girls and her guide dog, Plum

The Guide Dog Who’s Always Ripe for a Challenge

Reader’s Digest is holding the America’s Best Pet Pals campaign. Through this campaign, Rachel Weeks and guide dog, Plum, have been featured as finalists. Read the heartwarming story here and wish them “good luck” for a feature in a future issue of the magazine.



Headshot of a yellow lab Veterans Corner Radio

Lauren Davis spoke to the Veterans Corner Radio Podcast to share information about Southeastern Guide Dogs and our Service Dog Program. Their conversation showcased the work that’s done from puppy raising through advanced skills training. Listen here on Spotify or find it wherever you get your podcasts.

More Coverage

AP: COVID-19-Sniffing Dog on Staff at Florida Hospital

Dog O Day: International Guide Dog Day: Handlers Share Their Stories

Herald-Tribune: Sun N Fun RV Resort Honor Guard Donates Thousands to Local Charities

FOX 13: Tampa Businessman ‘Steps Up’ to Help Provide Guide Dogs to Visually Impaired, Veterans, Children

Project Pride SRQ: Goin’ to the Dogs

105.9 Sunny FM: Southeastern Guide Dogs Hosts National Walkathon

Bloom: Join the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon

Dog O Day: National Walkathon Day Coming Up This Saturday as SE Guide Dogs Fundraiser

East County Observer: Parade for Puppies in Lakewood Ranch

Suncoast View: Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon

Posted on May 17, 2021 | Category: In the News