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Guiding Eyes Visit Michaud

A “new dog” learning an old trick: Pictured is “Keno”, a golden retriever with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, showing off some of his skills, as he visits with Michaud Residential Health Service resident Daisy Godkin. Trainer Joy Hawksby brought Keno with her to Michaud as she discussed the Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization and what it takes for a dog to become an actual guide for the blind or visually impaired.
A “new dog” learning an old trick: Pictured is “Keno”, a golden retriever with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, showing off some of his skills, as he visits with Michaud Residential Health Service resident Daisy Godkin. Trainer Joy Hawksby brought Keno with her to Michaud as she discussed the Guiding Eyes for the Blind organization and what it takes for a dog to become an actual guide for the blind or visually impaired.

FULTON – Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton had a special visit from the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program, as trainer Joy Hawksby and a furry friend – “Keno” a golden retriever were on hand, much to the delight of residents.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity. Guiding Eyes is an internationally accredited, nonprofit guide dog school with a 50-plus year legacy of providing the blind and visually impaired with superior Guiding Eyes dogs, training, and lifetime support services.

Program Trainer Joy Hawksby explained the rigorous course of training for new puppies that enter the Guiding Eyes program and some of the activities she is involved with locally as part of Guiding Eyes.

On hand was a golden retriever named “Keno” who is was still in the evaluation stages of the guide dog training program – but was certainly a “crowd favorite” with Michaud residents. Keno not only demonstrated many of the basic commands guide dogs are expected to master, but also spent a good deal of “social time” visiting residents and of course receiving many “pets” along the way!