This is a guest blog post by Penny Leclaire, President, Guide Dog Users of Canada
It is often awe-inspiring to witness the relationship between people who are blind or partially sighted and their loyal, hard-working, intelligent and loving guide dogs.
“In Dog We Trust” is a short, illustrated e-book that recounts 21 heart-felt stories about the relationships between people with vision loss and their guide dogs. Some are funny, some are sad, some are ordinary, some extraordinary. Most are awe-inspiring. You can learn about men and women who are blind, their dogs, and about their teamwork. The e-book traces a person’s first decision to acquire a guide dog and the learning process both go through as they become a team – working with a guide dog, living with a guide dog, and ultimately parting with a guide dog.
Two years ago, Paul Bennett, one of the e-book’s editors, volunteered at a Guide Dog Users of Canada (GDUC) conference. During these conferences, guide dog users gather together to share common experiences and learn new things. After the weekend Paul asked me if I would assist him in writing an e-book that would help educate the public and also bring in much needed funds to support the work of GDUC. Paul’s enthusiasm led me to quickly agree to the project.
During the time Paul and I worked together – gathering stories about a variety of situations experienced by other guide dog users – I went into training to get a new guide dog of my own. This allowed Paul to closely observe the process of how a guide dog team is formed.
Paul watched our process from the first day we graduated – through all the uncertainties and trials, to the awesome confidence we exhibited as we accomplished more difficult journeys together. Writing this e-book has been a project of love, but what has motivated us throughout is a desire to assist special dogs doing special jobs. To that end, proceeds from this e-book will go to the Gide Dog Users of Canada Wellness Fund.
Guide Dog Users of Canada is an organization operated entirely by volunteers and is devoted to helping guide dog users. One way in which they do so is through the Wellness Fund. This fund enables guide dog users dealing with extraordinary veterinary costs to ensure their dogs receive the care they need to go on working. By purchasing this e-book, you will be directly helping GDUC to fund necessary and extraordinary veterinary care for the intelligent, loving animals who improve the lives of their handlers every day.
The e-book is available on Amazon and Kobo.
Photo: In Dog We Trust book cover.