January 11, 2006.
Hot Springs Village Voice - Hot Springs,AR,USA.
Dr. Jodi Tryon of Hot Springs graduated recently with a yellow Labrador retriever guide dog named Farrah at her side. Farrah is Tryon's second guide dog.
The duo completed three weeks of intensive training at Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc., in San Rafael, Calif. Graduation took place Dec. 17 at the 11-acre campus, 20 miles north of San Francisco.
Tryon earned her doctorate in systems engineering and spent 10 years as a professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She and her husband recently built a new house in Hot Springs.
Graduates of Guide Dogs harness the incredible power of the human-animal bond. These remarkable canines offer warm companionship, safe mobility and foster confidence and independence.
During the course of training, skilled guide dogs and their new partners learn to negotiate stairways, elevators, overhead obstacles, crowded sidewalks and busy streets. The dogs are trained to avoid distractions and disobey commands to cross a street if traffic is approaching.
Guide Dogs for the Blind is more than a school - it is a community dedicated to providing people who are blind with the opportunity to experience what a powerful partnership with a guide dog can mean - not only to mobility, but to quality of life.
It is the only school in the country which has built its program around both the functional and personal aspects of a guide dog partnership. The school is committed to matching each person with the right dog, developing a personalized training program matched to each person's lifestyle, and providing unprecedented support services to establish a true lifelong partnership.
For more information, contact Guide Dogs for the Blind at their national headquarters: P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael, CA 94915; phone toll-free 800 295-4050; or visit on the web at www. guidedogs.com.
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