A TRIBUTE TO OUR PUPPY-RAISERS
Receiving a guide dog, is a gift unmatched by the greatest treasures. So much more than just a dog, they come bounding into the lives of visually impaired people with paws, tails and more love in their furry bodies than anyone could wish for.
They are trained to be our eyes, to guide us and to ensure our independence. Every time we reach our destinations, there’s one less voice telling us that we are not capable and so, these special animals, become the guardians of our hearts and minds. They give us the confidence to step out of our comfort zones and live our lives without the insecurities and fear that once confined us to the environments we are familiar with.
Dear Puppy Raiser, we cannot imagine how difficult it must be to teach our heroes all the things we need them to know, to love them and then to have to let them go. Raising a puppy for a complete stranger is one of the most selfless acts of kindness and although it is impossible to put into words what your generosity means to a guide dog owner, we honor you for your dedication and sacrifices. Thank you for staying up when your puppy was ill, for laughing at their antics, for the embarrassment you endured when they made a mess in public and you had to clean it up and for preparing them for their lives as guide dogs. You might not see the results of your efforts every day, but I hope you know that every smile, tear and pair of socks with holes in the toes proving that our dogs once lived in your homes is truly appreciated. I hope you know that every command repeated, practiced, perfected by you makes all the difference. Above all, I hope you know that every time we put that harness on their bodies we think of you and how you changed our lives for the better. You dear Puppy-Raiser, are irreplaceable.