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correctable problems.  As is always the case, they won’t be able to do it alone.  It will be the many puppy raisers, those individuals and families who raise and socialize our puppies, that will have the most impact on the outcome.

Dare to Succeed

Photo of Seeing Eye graduate Sam McKinzie at bat in his black uniform with red lettering.  In the background is his German shepherd Seeing Eye dog Ivan.  In an inset photo, McKinzie sits with his back against the chain link backstop with Ivan seated beside him.  The text reads:  Sam McKinzie – Beep Baseball Player.  The Seeing Eye.  Transforming challenges into opportunities, obstacles into victories, Seeing Eye dogs into partners in life’s triumphs.  Dare to Succeed.

Family Festivities

A day when all the focus is on our puppy-raising families

On a lawn still lush from summer rains and under a chilly sky more reminiscent of October than August, The Seeing Eye’s volunteer puppy-raising families recently gathered for the school’s annual Family Day celebration.

“This is one of the most exciting things we do at The Seeing Eye,” President Jim Kutsch told the crowd of 1,800-plus during opening ceremonies.  “These dog guides would not be possible without the help of everyone from this group and from those puppy raisers who could not be here today.”  

Each year, during a Saturday in August, we open our doors to the puppy raisers and their families and treat them to a fun combination of camaraderie, picnic food, education, and entertainment, topped off by enough varieties of ice cream to please the broadest range of palates.  Highlights of the day included presentations by Seeing Eye graduates Kathy Murray with Winsome, Chris Buckley-Gera with Jax, Bill Kappler with Osi, and Toula McEllen with Fallon; dog training demonstrations by a number of Seeing Eye instructors; and a book signing by the illustrator of a newly released children’s book called “Morris & Buddy: The Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog.”

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