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Did you know that Southeastern Guide Dogs breeds, raises, and trains some of the finest guide dogs, service dogs, and skilled companion dogs in the world? The puppies are adorable, but to witness these amazing dogs in training is nothing short of miraculous. Thanks to the intelligence and fine training of these dogs, people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges find the freedom, confidence, and independence they need.
When I learned that Southeastern Guide Dogs relies 100% on private donations, receives no government funding, and doesn't charge for their dogs or services, I decided to participate in their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Walkathon. I've set an ambitious Walkathon fundraising goal and am excited to contribute to the life changing mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs.
We have spoken to several Southeast Guide Dog graduates and every one has explained how much independence they have gained with their dogs. We have donated to SEGD for several years and finally decided to apply to become a Puppy Raiser for them.
Linda and I are raising our first puppy for SEGD, Griff, who is shown in the above photo. Griff was 17 pounds when we got him February 9th 2019 at 10 weeks old. Griff is now 57 pounds and 10 months old. We are part of Central Pinellas Puppy Raisers and attend 2 meetings a month to assist us to give Griff the basic training that he will need before going back to SEGD for his formal training at about 15 months. It will be very hard to give Griff back to SEGD but he is in training to be a superhero to someone who can not see or someone who has seen to much and has PTSD.
We would appreciate any amount that you can donate to help SEGD continue their mission.
EDIT: 1/8/2020 - After a long battle with cancer, my husband Bob, passed away. I have raised our fundraising goal to $4000 which will allow our family to name a future Southeastern Guide Dog in his honor and memory.
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