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As an optometrist, my goal is to preserve and protect the gift of sight. But there are always circumstances beyond our control when it comes to the human body. So when an employee of mine discussed wishing to donate her and her family's time to assist in raising a service animal, specifically to raise a puppy in training for Guide Dogs for The Blind, I thought that our office could not be a more perfect fit. Now, six months into the process, here is what Grass Valley Eyecare has learned about Guide Dogs for the Blind. Since 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind has been creating partnerships between people, dogs and communities. With exceptional client services and a robust network of instructors, puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, Guide Dogs for the Blind prepares highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision from throughout the United States and Canada. All of the services for Guide Dogs for the Blind clients are provided free of charge, including personalized training and extensive post-graduation support, plus financial assistance for veterinary care, if needed. The organization's work is made possible by the generous support of our donors and volunteers; GDB receive no government funding. Here is what we have learned about Kensington, our Guide Dog in Training. Our employee brings him into our office daily as part of the training requirements. He is in his service jacket and carries his credentials with him at all times, this enables her to bring him anywhere she goes as a part of his training. He has to encounter all of life's circumstances from grocery shopping, to errands, restaurants. He remains by her side as she goes about her workday, simulating what his future will hold. Of course, he is an adorable puppy and we all wish to give him lots of attention. But when he is working, we refrain from doing that so as to not distract him. He is required to stay focused on his person throughout his day, which is the reason why it's best to let them do their jobs when they are in public. He is a very intelligent, well-trained dog and he will enhance someone's life greatly one day by allowing him or her more freedom and independence as well as companionship. This mission is something Grass Valley Eyecare fully supports. We are proud of our employee and proud to be a part of Kensington's journey. Dawn Riley is on staff at Grass Valley Eyecare.

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