Category: Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs TRAIN at Metrolink

by Martha Michael Special canines in training from local Guide Dogs of America shared their work with Metrolink riders last month. As part of October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, there was a puppy pop-up event at Union Station. Guide dogs in training were brought to the depot to demonstrate the comprehensive skills these specialized […] Read more

Assemblyman Lackey Fights to Protect Guide, Signal and Service Dogs

by Natalia Radcliffe Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) recently introduced a new bill that would protect all guide, signal or service dogs, whether they are “on duty” or not. Currently, guide dogs that are “on duty” are protected by the state. For example, if a person allows his or her dog to injure or kill a […] Read more

Pride and Puppy Raising

It was seeing the joy in guide dog families that led one Santa Clarita couple to get in the game. When Debbie and Tim Ames moved to Sand Canyon in Canyon Country in 2007, they bought a house from Jack and Jacque Butler, longtime volunteers with Guide Dogs of America, or GDA. “We knew this […] Read more

Books & Woofs

by Martha Michael There is a group of Santa Clarita residents who believe reading is fundogmental. Several times a month, local children and their parents line up at a designated library to take a turn reading to friendly canines who are Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Known as R.E.A.D., the goal of the program is to […] Read more

Animals on Airplanes

By Sara Kinder >>> Who is that doggie in the window? The one traveling free on an airplane, I mean. There has been recent controversy regarding the practice of people deciding to take “Max” on the plane with them, calling them “service dogs” so they don’t have to pay. Although service dogs, originally called “therapy […] Read more

Raise the Woof: Guide Dogs of America Puppy Raisers

By Martha Michael >>> There are dog lovers who, literally, work around the clock to raise puppies to be positive role models. No matter where they go, these pups go with them, and they are always training, shaping the little canines to grow up to become extremely responsible. They are Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. Finding […] Read more