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I know I’m a little late it already being towards the end of September, but this month (September) is National Guide Dog Month. So what exactly is national guide dog month? According to wikipedia:
“National Guide Dog Month is a celebration of the work of Guide Dogs in the United States as a way to raise awareness, appreciation and support for guide dog schools across the United States. It was established in 2008 as a fundraising drive to benefit non-profit guide dog organizations accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF).”
National Guide Dog Month
As many of you long time readers know we’ve been raising guide dog puppies for the past 5 years and we’ve also been doing our best to raise awareness for guide dogs as well as share our journey as puppy raisers. Our goal with our blog is not only to raise awareness and support for guide dogs and puppy raisers, but to also share our experiences and try and help our readers learn more about how to train a puppy.
So why all of a sudden are we adding a post about National Guide Dog Month? Well, it all starts with my trip to Petco…
Petco Supports Guide Dogs
A couple days ago we visited our local Petco to pickup some dog food and poop bags for the boys (Linus, Stetson, and Dublin). We were at the cashier making our purchase when our the Petco employee asked if we’d like to round our purchase up to the nearest dollar as a donation to guide dog organizations. Wow! I thought that was pretty cool and when I got home I put a little research into Petco’s support of Guide Dogs. I also tweeted our experience and wrote a short status update on our facebook account.
Here’s some interesting information from the Petco website:
Petco and Natural Balance have teamed up with CSI:Miami’s Eva La Rue and Omar Miller to support Guide Dog organizations.
Did you know that there are 1.3 million blind people in the USA? Every 7 minutes someone in America becomes visually impaired.
Guide Dogs improve the lives of the visually impaired by creating opportunities for life-changing independence and through community outreach and education programs. Guide Dogs provide safe mobility, loving companionship and the “miracle of independence” to the visually impaired.
Unfortunately, the guide dog organization we volunteer for, Guide Dogs of America is not on the list of schools receiving donations this year. However, we do appreciate the support Petco is putting forth to help Guide Dog organizations. Thanks Petco!
What are you doing for National Guide Dog Month? Have you visited your local Petco this month? Did they ask you for a donation for guide dog organizations?
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