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Dog Guide Users of New Hampshire

Dog Guide Users of New Hampshire

1-Jun-2019 Walk for Sight

The date for the 2019 walk for Future in Sight is 1-June-2019. The DGUNH will receive half of what is pledged to the Doggone Best Team.

Go to the Doggone Best Team website opens in a new window to register.

The goal for this year is $3000.

If anyone needs help with the website, contact Sasha or Jan.

Walk Information

Location: Future In Sight, 25 Walker Street, Concord, NH

Walk Distance: 3K - 1.9 Miles

Time: Check-in at 9am, Walk begins at 11am

Fee: Adults $20, Kids under 12 $5

Future In Sight serves thousands of New Hampshire residents of all ages who live with vision loss or blindness, serving more than 3,400 in the last year alone. There are thousands more to reach. "We know there are children, adults, and seniors experiencing vision loss whose daily life activities would be enhanced by our personalized services - if they only knew we were a phone call away," says Nancy Druke, VP for Program Services at Future In Sight. "That's our goal - to transform the lives of individuals who are blind or have profound vision loss."

The 16th Annual Walk for Sight will accomplish many goals, including raising awareness of the low vision rehabilitation services Future In Sight offers, often starting in a client's own home. The Walk for Sight is less than two miles and also raises critical funding for such services. Last year, 500 walkers and 100 volunteers had a great time together while raising $100,000 to help with the $1.7 million cost of delivering their programs and services. When you participate in the Walk for Sight, you are helping to strengthen and expand their education programs, occupational therapy services, adaptive technology training, and recreational activities for children, adults and seniors living with profound sight loss or blindness.

Revised Date - Next Meeting, July 27, 2019

Due to the NASCAR event the weekend of July 20, the July meeting has been rescheduled. Don’t miss our next meeting on Saturday, 27-July-2019 at the Red Blazer opens in a new window Restaurant in Concord, NH from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Agenda will be posted closer to the meeting date.

Janet Akins Award

In tribute to one of DGUNH’s founding members, this award was created to honor Janet Akins’ contribution and memory. This year we were pleased to give this coveted honor to one of our founding members, Joanie Nelson. Joanie has contributed so much to the DGUNH: she created our logo, built and maintained our initial website, and served as vice-president and treasurer for many years. Joanie has worked hard to make the DGUNH a valuable resource for both users and puppy raisers. Her consistent efforts helped expand the reach of this beneficial support/social group. We were so happy to be able to give this special award to Joanie, such a deserving, long-term member.

Mollie's Story

Mollie, a black lab, sitting patiently in harness Hi! My name is Mollie and I am a Seeing Eye® dog.

I was born at the breeding facilities of the Seeing Eye in NJ on November 1, 2008. I guess that makes me a Jersey girl. There were 2 girls and 6 boys in our litter. Both girls were black while all the boys were tan. As is the tradition at the Seeing Eye, all puppies in a litter are named with the same first letter. As you can guess, our letter was “M.” There was Mitch, Milo, Mo and of course me, Mollie, to name a few.

I spent the first 7 weeks of my life at the breeding facility with my mom and siblings, although during the last week we spent more and more time apart. Then one day, I found myself riding in the back seat of a car, sitting on the lap of a 22 year old girl while her parents drove us to my new home. First stop, the extremely large fenced back yard, which I immediately Christened with my digested breakfast.

This family, known as puppy raisers, provided me with a home for the next 16 months. Initially, I learned basic manners, like not going on the furniture, coming when called, remaining calm and of course, the all-important toilet training. As I grew older, I was introduced to public situations, like crowds, busses, stores, learning to ignore people and other dogs, etc.

Every two weeks we would get together with other puppy raiser families and their dogs to work with seeing Eye staff to check on our progress, learn puppy raising skills and to discuss how things were going. I loved to see the other dogs. Sadly, some dogs were removed from the program due to health or temperament issues.

At age 18 months, I returned to the Seeing Eye to complete my training. It was sad to leave my puppy raising family behind, but I quickly bonded with my new trainer named Chris. He taught me all the skills I would need to be a Seeing Eye dog. After four months of intensive guide dog training, I passed my exam and was paired with Rick in august 2010. Sadly, four of my siblings never made the cut. For the next four weeks, Rick and I trained together. Rick was as new at being a guide dog owner as I was to being a guide dog. Initially, we made lots of mistakes together (Rick more than me, I’m sure) but eventually, we both graduated and it was time to fly off to my new home. Although this was my first time on a plane, the practice seats at my school prepared me and I knew just what to do when we got on the plane. I just curled up under the seat in front of Rick. I love to fly. Rick and I have been to 28 states and four countries in our short time together. Later this year, Rick and I will travel to Texas, upping my total to 29.

Mollie playing Frisbee with 2 other dogsYou may think that I have a rough life since you only see me when I’m working. But when I get home and the harness comes off, I get to act like a normal dog. I have to canine companions at home, a 15 year old Welsh Pembroke Corgi, and a 5 year old English Springer Spaniel. Besides playing tug-or-war with a rope toy, our favorite game to play is to see who can deposit the most amount of fur on the floors between vacuuming.

I only have one pet peeve (get it, PET peeve?) which is when people talk to me or try to pet me when I am working. You would think it was obvious; when my harness is on, I am working. Even if I am sitting still, waiting for my next command from Rick, if my harness is on, I am working. I know that I am hard to ignore, with my saucer like molten chocolate eyes and my coffee table clearing tail wag, but you’re a lot smarter than I am, and if I can be trained to ignore you, then you should be able to ignore me. After all, my job is to keep Rick safe and any interference by you can compromise that.

Mollie sleeping, her head on top of a  Springer Spaniel puppy, also sleepingWell, it’s time for me to go back to work, or maybe I'll take a nap, so like Tigger says, TTFN, Ta Ta For Now!

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