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You see, Guiding Eyes for the Blind is committed to finding the best career path for each and every dog. Because these dogs are purpose bred, they love to work. To that end, in addition to guide dogs, GEB also trains dogs for their "Heeling Autism" pilot program for children, and as Assistant Dogs for the physically challenged. They also provide dogs for The Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as for other guide dog organizations which have different requirements. And, sometimes, these wonderful canines are simply destined for a career as a cherished family pet. Whatever lies in their future, they are truly life enriching, extraordinary beings.

Nicky was chosen by the Bureau for ATF, trained as a bomb sniffer and is stationed in Bangkok, Thailand. My second GEB dog is in California guiding a deaf and blind minister. My third GEB dog came home, destined to be my pet, and, with encouragement from our Board of Education and support from the Adirondack Veterinary Hospital, is currently being trained by my 4th grade enrichment class students, who have hopes of her becoming a certified therapy dog they plan to take on visits to local schools, nursing homes and hospitals.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is always in need of Puppy Raisers. For more information contact call 1-866-GEB-LABS or visit www.volunteer.guidingeyes.org on the Web. I'm presently on my fourth GEB puppy. My give up date is Jan. 27, and I'm ready for that smile.

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