Guide Dogs for the Blind: 82nd Anniversary of The Seeing Eye (video) « Frugal Café Blog Zone

Guide Dogs for the Blind: 82nd Anniversary of The Seeing Eye (video)

Posted By on April 25, 2010

The first seeing eye dog was presented on this date in 1928 — 82 years ago today — to Morris S. Frank. This marked the date of when the idea of The Seeing Eye, a non-profit organization that trains dogs, with the time, patience, and devotion given by countless volunteers, to help those with vision impairment, was put into motion. One year later, The Seeing Eye was officially founded.

Since then, thousands upon thousands of guide dogs have been trained by volunteers to assist the blind and the visually impaired lead successful, normal lives.

These remarkable animals have made a tremendous difference in people’s lives.

From Infoplease, Seeing Eye Guide Dog Info:

The first school for training such dogs was established by the German government after World War I for the benefit of blinded veterans. Schools now exist in several European countries and the United States, where the pioneer Seeing Eye, Inc., founded by Dorothy Harrison Eustis in 1929 and established near Morristown, N.J., in 1932, is the best known. The master spends about a month at the school training with the already trained dog and is usually charged a nominal fee.

Although the German shepherd is by far the most widely used breed for guide-dog work, several other breeds (e.g., the golden retriever, the Labrador retriever, and the Doberman pinscher), have been trained successfully for this work. Approximately 10% of the blind population can use seeing-eye dogs successfully, that fraction including scores of persons who have achieved new independence through their assistance. Applicants may be rejected on the basis of sufficient useful vision, advanced age, poor health, or unsuitable temperament.

YouTube synopsis of first video:

The Seeing Eye, the innovator and pioneer of dog guide services, tells the story of how the school opens the doors of success for people who are blind. Every day, people embark on new beginnings with their Seeing Eye dogs. This story is a celebration of where they finish.

The Seeing Eye: New Beginnings

 

NTTV News – Seeing Eye Dog Story

 

Seeing Eye Graduate: Kathy

 

Seeing Eye Dog in Winter – The Weather Network | 2008

 

Seeing Eye Dog – Fray

 

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5 Responses to “Guide Dogs for the Blind: 82nd Anniversary of The Seeing Eye (video)”

  1. SamHenry says:

    This is a wonderful and much-needed tribute to the working relationship between mankind and their service dogs. And now it appears that dogs are also sensitive to seizures even before the person they are helping knows they may have one.

    Loyal and unafraid they respond to our needs in miraculous ways such as the German Shepherd last week who attracted the attention of lawmen and led them to the scene of a house fire in which his/her owner had been injured and needed help. When we train them, we are really just tapping into their own innate abilities.

    In peace and in war, our beloved dogs continue to enrich our lives in ways we are just beginning to realize. The line between who is the owner and who is the owned keeps shifting! Who knows, in future religious “leaders” may also discover that dogs do in fact go to heaven when we do. What do you mean they have no soul? That they cannot ask for forgiveness? Look carefully into the eyes of a service dog the next time you see one – or those of a loyal pet.

  2. mcnorman says:

    Thank you for posting this. So many unsung heroes go unnoticed.

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