The gift of a guide dog


April 24 was International Guide Dog Day, a very important day.

The Guide Dogs For The Blind” (GDB) is a nonprofit organization that helps those who are visually impaired with the gift of independence, freedom, and the gift of helping them continue their journey in life with very special dogs—mostly yellow and black Labradors, golden retrievers, or a mix between a golden retriever and a Labrador.

GDB is made up of thousands of volunteers. Being a volunteer for the GDB is a wonderful way to help others be all they can be in appositive way.

GDB started in 1942 to help servicemen blinded in World War II.

Here it is 71 years later and the GDB is going strong.

One way you can help is to volunteer to raise a guide dog puppy, be a puppy starter, or be a puppy sitter. It is a lot of fun.

When you meet people who have one of these wonderful dogs as their guide, you stand up with pride, knowing you were a part of helping some one have freedom.

There is a puppy group in Bishop call Eastern Sierra Guide Puppies. If you live in Inyo or Mono counties, you can volunteer.

We must also thank all the staff, trainers and field reps for all they do.

If you would like to learn more about the GDB, visit

GDB, thank you for all the lives you have changed. 

Leigh Gaasch

Mammoth Lakes