Dogs have been branded as men’s best friend because of their unique loyalty, unconditional love and companionship. It is hard not to agree with this statement. A dog will love you no matter what you do. They do not care where you live, what you have, they are always there for you when you are down. All a dog wants is to be loved and loved back.

Dogs have been branded as men’s best friend because of their unique loyalty, unconditional love and companionship. It is hard not to agree with this statement. A dog will love you no matter what you do. They do not care where you live, what you have, they are always there for you when you are down. All a dog wants is to be loved and loved back.

For the blind people, guide dogs are their eyes, showing them the light. Guide dogs are very closed friends or even a soulmates for the blind, accompanying them 24 hours a day and protecting them from running into danger anywhere their owners go.

Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), dedicating to offering well-trained guide dogs for blind people, held the guide dogs graduation at the Museum of Flight on Oct. 12. The staffs of GDB, the trainers, the raisers and the blind people all gathered to celebrate seven guide dogs graduating from their training school.

Linda Al-Molky from Orleans, Canada received Naoko, a female black Labrador Retriever that was raised by Alexis, Maggie and Jon Ward.

“This is my sixth guide dog,” Al-Molky said. “Having the sixth dog is way excited. I have been living without a guide dog for a long time. That was really a hard time because I hate the white cane. Naoko brings my freedom back.”

GDB empowers lives of blind people through guide dogs training and community services. Blind people can receive guide dogs which can help to improve their quality of life for free.

“We do not get any money from the government,” said Chris Jones, the Director of Development of GDB. “All of guide dogs programs’ funding is from individuals and corporations. This graduation event which is emotional and inspirational can help us propagate our program and attract more donations.”

GDB has two campuses. One is in San Rafael, California; the other one is in Portland, Oregon. They are also planning to extend the program, establishing a campus in the state of Washington.

“There’s no campus in Washington state right now,” said Anne Tyson, the Washington state Community Field Representative. “But we are planning to have one in the future. We currently have 80 training clubs in great Seattle area, raising about 100 guide dogs at this time.”

If you are interested in being a volunteer of GDB or want to know more information about the guide dogs program, visit their website at guidedogs.com.

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