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Friday, September 16, 2016

Natural Balance Celebrates National Guide Dog Month

September is National #GuideDogMonth and I'm partnering with Natural Balance and Guide Dogs for the Blind to recognize nine amazing human-canine teams! You can read all nine inspiring stories here.

An adult and puppy guide dogs for the blinds
Photograph used with permission of Guide Dogs for the Blind
I enjoyed all nine stories, but the team that touched me the most were Maile and Jasmine. Maile lost her sight suddenly and unexpectedly at 23. At an age when most young people are exploring their freedom and charting their future, she felt her life shrinking. Fortunately, she soon met a woman with a guide dog who became her mentor and inspiration for living a full and extraordinary life.

Guide dogs open up a world of possibility for their handlers, providing enhanced mobility and safety as well as often serving as a bridge to friendship and community. For me, they truly represent the hope, beauty, and potential of the human animal connection. 

Human-canine team, Maile and Jasmine, celebrates National Guide Dog with Natural Balance
Maile and Jasmine
Maile was introduced to her current canine companion, Jasmine, through Guide Dogs for the Blind. She describes Jasmine as a superhero times three! "Not only is she a wonderful companion - there's no one in the world I'd want to spend all day, everyday with except her. She enables me to navigate any sidewalk in any city safely, gracefully, and confidently," Maile says.

Thanks to Jasmine, Maile enjoys volunteer work, taking classes, and going for walks. She credits her good health and positive outlook to Jasmine. "It's just so much fun to get out and meet people when you have an intelligent, gorgeous, healthy, well-behaved, and yes, perfect guide dog!" she says.

I'm so happy Maile has Jasmine by her side as she explores the world and follows her dreams. Please join Natural Balance in celebrating National #GuideDogMonth by making a donation to Guide Dogs for the Blind so others, like Maile, can live beautiful, full lives. There's no better way to show your support for these extraordinary humans and their four-legged superheroes.

Natural Balance Celebrates National Guide Dog Month

Natural Balance asked me to help spread the word about National Guide Dog Month, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and these special human-canine teams. I was compensated with a Canine Kitty Care Kit. The opinions in this post are my own. 




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  1. I totally agree, Guide Dogs are 'superheros times three'!!!! and should certainly be celebrated
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xx

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  2. Guide dogs are just the very best. We started a puppy that went on to be a guide dog for the blind. There is years of training for them. But they are wonderful dogs and so helpful to humans.

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  3. Hari Om
    Oh you know I'sa supporter of the guider-pups of the world!!! YAM xx

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  4. Wow, I can't imagine what it was like for Maile to suddenly lose her sight. That is wonderful that she found a mentor and guide dog. So inspiring!

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  5. It's so important to recognize all your important work
    Lily & Edward

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  6. I am amazed at the work guide dogs provide and how much they allow the human to live their lives to the fullest. great post.

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  7. My boyfriend lost a lot of his site around the same age from a genetic disorder - right after he earned a lighting design degree! He still have some vision but is legally blind. He doesn't have a guide dog, but Henry certainly brings a lot of joy! He's still working in lighting and earning his masters. Although he doesn't need a guide dog, it's wonderful that the option exists.

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  8. they are certainly hero dogs and the people that train them are heros too

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  9. I've only recently learned how much goes into training these dogs - and how many actually make the cut. Really interesting.

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  10. SHE worked with blind and Vision impaired children for YEARS, and many went on to get dogs. They are incredible.

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  11. Hooray for Maile and Jasmine. Don't they look happy and well together.
    Thanks for sharing their story.

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  12. What a wonderful pair. Many years ago - my cousins raised Guide Dogs for the blind
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  13. Great story about the life-changing importance of guide dogs. Maile and Jasmine are lucky to have each other.

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  14. Guide dogs and service dogs are amazing. Thanks for helping spread the word.

    I work with an organization that trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD and physical disabilities. It takes a lot of time and effort to train the dogs, but it is so rewarding to see how much th dogs are able to help their partners!

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  15. The work that guide dogs do certainly should be celebrated. I have a friend that fostered guide dog puppies before their training began, she ended up keeping one beautiful golden retriever because he 'failed' the classes.

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  16. We used to know a guide dog named Omar. He was wonderful. That is a special kind of dog to do such impawtent work!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  17. Oh, I loves that story!!! Indeed, Guide Doggies are SUPERHEROES!!! I thinks they should gets like 87 thousand treaties for their FABulous work! (or tummy rubs..up to them...☺)
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  18. I would love to raise a guide puppy one day. Maybe when I retire and have a yard lol.

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  19. Stories like this are endlessly inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

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  20. This is such a wonderful program and so necessary for blind people. It is amazing what dogs can do!

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  21. As always beautifully written and so impnspiring!
    Hugs Madi and mom

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  22. That was a most wonderful story and yes, so inspirational. We love the guide dogs too!

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  23. My grandmother was blind. These dogs are truly heros! Their owners are too!

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  24. What a great story, Guide Dogs are truly exceptional dogs!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  25. What a heart warming story and I am always amazed at Guide Dogs

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  26. Guide dogs make such a difference for their humans!

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  27. Natural Balance go up in my estimation every single time I hear about them, their great food and the good they do. This post has such hope and made me smile such a lot!

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  28. Guide dogs are heroes. The first one that i knew of in India was Magick

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  29. Thank you for sharing Maile and Jasmines' inspirational story. I love that Maile credits her good health and positive outlook to Jasmine. I'm sure Jasmine loves her role in their relationship too.

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  30. Dogs are such wonderful creatures.

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  31. I have really been enjoying reading about all these amazing duos! I'm so happy that there are organizations like Guide Dogs for the Blind that are able to connect service dogs and people!

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  32. I love this! There is something so amazing about service animals!

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  33. What a wonderful story. Service dogs are just the best.

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  34. It would be so hard to suddenly lose your sight! I applaud Maile's courage. She found a way to carry on and have a fairly normal life despite her new challenges. I'm glad that she found Jasmine to help her through everything. They make a great pair!
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  35. I love reading stories about the heroes dogs can be for humans and service dogs are no exception. I also admire people like Maile who found the courage to go on when she became blind.

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  36. Guide Dogs are just so amazing, their love is boundless, as your article shows.

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  37. Such a great team! Wasn't it hard to choose just one?! That was difficult for me. We were so happy to be able to raise awareness of National Guide Dog Month and I'm excited that you were able to as well! Great post. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Those photos are beautiful! I'm so inspired by these stories; was already in awe of what guide dogs can (and do) do all day long for their people, but reading about the accomplishments they help their humans make, makes me want to be a better person!

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