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An Army veteran whose time in the service was cut short by injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, Sean Brown always has his service dog by his side when he shares his story. In his role with the Southeastern Guide Dogs philanthropy department, he often speaks about the long-term effects of both visible and invisible wounds.

A father of two who also enjoys being a musician, worship pastor at church, and public speaker, Sean relies on his dog to deal with crowds, anxiety, and hyper-vigilance. After his first service dog, Pella, retired, Sean felt himself regressing. Now he’s been matched with his second service dog, Nick. “This guy is all about making sure I'm good,” says Sean. “And it's really, really cool because it's a partnership. He's raring and ready to work and to just go have fun. He's awesome! Nick’s my future.”

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Nothing compares to a snuggle with Mom 💕 #SundaySnuggles ...

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North River Fire District loves their fire dog Drew, and he loves them! Drew’s giant heart and unconditional love are great assets for a canine on fire station duty, and on this #NationalFireDogDay we thank Drew and all his fellow fire dogs for their service.

Watch a bit of Drew’s day with his firefighter pals today on Dogs in Shorts, and a full episode of his inspiring story on Dogs of Destiny on October 14.

And thank you to all the first responders helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. We are so grateful for your bravery and skills!

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We have weathered the storm and our dogs, people and campus are fine. Our thoughts are with those who were impacted by Hurricane Ian. ...

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Puppy love. It’s a beautiful thing. #SundaySnuggles ...

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We can just tell that Bristol and Clapper are going to be besties all throughout their training in our Gainesville puppy raiser group! ...

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Welcome to Walkathon—it’s time! Walkathon 2023 will be here before we know it, and it’s never too early to get started on your fundraising for these family-friendly, fun-filled, dog-packed events. We’ve planned five in-person Walkathons this year as well as other community-led events, plus the always-at-your-fingertips virtual option. There are plenty of ways to participate! Find out more and register today at GuideDogsWalkathon.org. ...

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After 20 years with the Air Force, Rob Reuille retired as a master sergeant and a substance abuse counselor. He currently heads three outpatient centers at the Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital in the Florida Panhandle, serving many members of the service through their Military Resiliency Program. Facility therapy dog Pella is an intuitive and empathetic yellow Lab who fits right in with Rob’s work and family. “Patients walk in completely sad, and you see the affect on their faces, just like the weight of the world is on their shoulders,” says Rob. “Then they see Pella. She runs up to them and sits down; they pet her, and then you can see the weight lifted.” ...

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@PetSupermarket makes it so easy to support us all September long during this year’s National Guide Dog Month. When you make a donation at check out at any of the 70 participating Pet Supermarket stores in Florida, you actively support our extraordinary dogs and transform lives.

Thank you so much to all of our friends and supporters at Pet Supermarket. If you’ve got a few things you need to pick up for your pets—and who doesn’t—you can support us by shopping with them. Find your local participating store at https://www.guidedogs.org/petsupermarket/

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Shh! We know it's hard, but you have to resist booping the sleeping snoot 💤 #SundaySnuggles ...

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Sunny Saturday's at the beach ☀️ 🕶️ ...

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When young James plays the violin, his best friend, Cherman, listens at his feet. When James dances to Van Halen, Cherman’s there for it. Watching this cheerful six-year-old, you’d never guess his health challenges. But Cherman knows, and the “best yellow dog of all time” offers the right dose of comfort and love.

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This episode of Dogs of Destiny is brought to you with grateful recognition of AmerisourceBergen Foundation for their generous partnership.

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Passing on the wisdom. When big sister heads off to Canine University, it’s a big deal for the younger pup just starting out.
(We sure appreciate our puppy raisers, who share hearts and homes with these incredible dogs!)

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Nothing better than silly little puppies! ...

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Since childhood, Lea Gaffen-Kessel had difficulty with night blindness and limited peripheral vision. In college, a retina specialist diagnosed her with retinitis pigmentosa. A licensed clinical social worker, Lea was employed as a school social worker in Virginia until about two years ago. Her eyesight deteriorated, and she began using a white cane, which she thoroughly disliked. Her husband and her orientation and mobility instructor both recommended she get a guide dog.

To her delight, Lea has now been matched with guide dog Marston. “She’s very chill, very sweet, and very affectionate,” she notes. With her easy demeanor and love of working, Marston has calmed Lea’s nerves. “It’s fascinating how on-point she is and how she helps me avoid obstacles,” Lea says. “She’s doing fantastic.” Together, they will go everywhere with confidence.

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On September 11, 2001, Michael Hingson went to work at the World Trade Center as if it were any other morning, not knowing what was to come. With him was his faithful guide dog, Roselle. After two terrorist attacks struck the twin towers, Roselle confidently guided Michael down 78 floors to safety. Our Tampa Area Puppy Raisers sponsored and named a puppy Roselle to commemorate Roselle's courage, loyalty, and bravery. She became breeder and her puppies will someday provide the same steadfast loyalty for their handlers, just as Roselle did for Michael. #NeverForget ...

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Cheesin' for the weekend 🐾 ...

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Want a great workout? Get an inspirational coach like Walker.

In this episode of Dogs in Shorts, you'll meet a Labrador retriever who always brings out the best in the gym and delivers freedom and independence to his Marine veteran partner. Watch for more Dogs in Shorts coming soon to a screen near you.

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𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐖𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝: Volunteer puppy raisers and puppy starters
“𝐉𝐨𝐛” 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Open your home to a Southeastern Guide Dogs puppy-in training. You’ll feed them, teach them basic skills (we’ll train you first!), and socialize them into your daily life.
𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐒𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬: Time commitment, willingness to learn, desire to change the world for someone who needs our dogs.
𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬: Puppy love. Cuddles. Make new friends. Make an extraordinary difference.

�We’re always accepting applications! Learn more and apply today at www.guidedogs.org/puppylove

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