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Celebrate Man’s Best Friend: September is National Guide Dog Month!

The month of September is a celebration of guide dog contributions in the United States. It began in 2008 when actor Dick Van Patten was inspired by the training and intelligence of guide dogs. It was designed as a way to raise appreciation, awareness, and support for United States’ guide dog schools. Training a guide dog is not cheap: it can cost upward of $40,000 and require two years of training.

Throughout National Guide Dog Month, fundraisers are held to benefit these guide dog organizations that provide guide dogs to needy people. The goal is to improve the lives of people who are blind, visually impaired or physically impaired.

While most people know that guide dogs are invaluable to their blind owners by helping them be mobile, many might be surprised at all of the other tasks guide dogs can perform:

  • Getting their owner dressed or undressed
  • Taking money out of ATMs
  • Pressing traffic crossing buttons
  • Opening or shutting doors
  • Retrieving items off shelves
  • Unloading washing machines
  • Turning lights off and on
  • Alerting owners to visitors
  • Anticipating seizures

Listen in to Maria this month while you celebrate National Guide Dog Month. The Maria Sanchez Show offers daily podcasts as well as convenient download on demand and downloads on iTunes, Stitcher, LibSyn and The Maria Sanchez Show Facebook page. Don’t miss your favorite guests, interesting topics and coverage of local issues relevant to Ventura County, Los Angeles and the Nation.

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