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After 2 years on the wait list and 2 weeks of training, my dad just got home with his first guide dog (for the blind). He's pretty much a kid with a new toy, equal parts excited, proud, protective.

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Yellow lab. He got home late last night after a solo 6 hour train ride. Dad still has 5% vision (imagine seeing the world through a drinking straw) and is handy with a cane, but this is a whole new level of confidence, knowing the dog will steer your away from lots of trouble. And gives snuggles.

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@EY1 - the dog's foster parent/puppy raiser flew out from Texas for "graduation." He's a 17 year old high school senior and was pretty emotional too. So grateful for people like him/you who devote more than a year to raise good boys/girls... just to give them away.

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I raised one of these dogs. I cried when I handed him over for his official training and cried even harder when he was matched with a person! So glad your dad found his new companion.

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I'm sure that must be exciting for him to have a guide dog companion! I imagine it makes him more comfortable to be out and about outside of home

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Nice! Had no idea the wait list was so long

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What a great Christmas (holiday) story! Happy for your family, OP!

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Happy for your dad. Blessings to you and your family. Merry Christmas.

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Merry Christmas to you and your family, Op! I hope this good boy/girl has a wonderful Christmas, too!

Op, for those so inclined, is there a group we can donate to to help support the training costs for guide dogs?

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Update: his boy is the best boy :-) 🐶

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This is awesome. My aunt has been training guide puppies for 30 years. She cries every time she’s gives one away but she never intends to stop

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Thanks, Op!

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Happy for you and your dad OP. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas:)

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Awesome Christmas story. Thanks so much for sharing.

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@OP, what is the dog's name? (I'm part of the TX raising group - guessing he's from a different city though since haven't had any males graduate this month)

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That’s awesome!

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Dog named Potter from San Antonio (I think).

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Op: I think that pupper that needs a red and gold Gryffindor scarf!

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Very nice to see this, hope Potter and Dad have great times together.

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Awesome! What breed?

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