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Mon, Sep 22 | By John McQuiston | 330

PALMETTO, Fla. -- Patty Spellman's first walk with Ace was more than a training exercise for a visually impaired woman and her guide dog. "It was freedom," she said. Since Spellman lost most of her sight two years ago, the S… more ›

Dogs Guide Way to Independence
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HomePro
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HomePro
5 years ago

Dogs for the disabled make such a difference!

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Taishan
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Taishan
5 years ago

These dogs really make a difference in people's lives.

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david d.
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david d.
5 years ago

dogs really are amazing!

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Meryl O.
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Meryl O.
5 years ago

What life changers these dogs are! Amazing what they are trained to do. I wonder if there is some sort of memorial to them like the K-9 dogs, they deserve it!

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Shellguy
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Shellguy
5 years ago

I am always fascinated by these animals and their amazing abilities. Wonderful for this person to achieve this independence

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Angie
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Angie
5 years ago

Kudos Patty and Ace. You give other encouragement to try harder. Best wishes for a wonderful future.

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RichardK
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RichardK
5 years ago

What a blessing to achieve independence again. These dogs are wonderful

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Edward Robin
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Edward Robin
5 years ago

This is a great story! Good to hear about schools like this. Good job Patty and Ace!

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Anthony C.
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Anthony C.
5 years ago

Interesting story, never knew about these schools, its a good thing, it shows you how smart animals can be

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Michele C.
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Michele C.
5 years ago

I am continually amazed of thse dogs intelligence and intuition. I too, would never be able to foster a dog and then give it up though. Glad there are people out there that do

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Joelle  T.
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Joelle T.
5 years ago

I think this is great! I didn't know of any schools that teach so many dogs in a years time. It's wonderful!

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Chainball
5 years ago

Living near Morristown, NJ, where Seeing Eye is located, I have watched and marvel about these seeing eye dogs since I was a kid. Amazing group; amazing dogs that do an amazing job.

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Bobby D.
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Bobby D.
5 years ago

What a great story!

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sandy h.
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sandy h.
5 years ago

Service dogs are the best. It would be fun to watch them train sometime. Pretty amazing

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John S.
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John S.
5 years ago

Excellent story about wonderful programs such as this.

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Stacy M.
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Stacy M.
5 years ago

This is a great thing I am glad their are people out there to train dogs for this such thing and I think it is great.

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Amanda  T.
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Amanda T.
6 years ago

I wish there were more grants available to get places like this started.

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DDRau
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DDRau
6 years ago

What would we do without service dogs? They enable so many people to lead productive and full lives.

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sandy h.
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sandy h.
6 years ago

Amazing how these animals are trained. So great for people who need them.

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RichardK
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RichardK
6 years ago

If I lost my sight I would turn to a service guide dog in a minute. They are amazing.

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Kaitlyn o.
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Kaitlyn o.
6 years ago

great story way to go ace

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Kaitlyn o.
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Kaitlyn o.
6 years ago

great story way to go ace

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Lucy B.
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Lucy B.
6 years ago

great dogs , great people

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Djmoser
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Djmoser
6 years ago

I know a retired guide dog and she is the best!!

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Liane M.
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Liane M.
6 years ago

This is another way that dogs have served their best friend. All dogs deserve to be treated with kindness and respect especially in light of all they do for us.

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Alicia D.
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Alicia D.
6 years ago

I was at a small airport once, and met a young pup that was in training for this exact same thing. It's temporary owners (teachers) said they would take it absolutely everywhere they go. They said it is so hard to spend every day for 6-12 months of their lives with a pup, then to have to give it away, but, the end result of it helping another human being was very heartwarming to them. Wow, a strong person you would have to be to be one of the trainers of these pups! It would be like having to give your kid up at a certain age. They deserve A LOT of credit!

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
6 years ago

I want to be a puppy hugger! It is amazing how animals can help us physically and emotionally. Great program!

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Gordon8
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Gordon8
6 years ago

Neat dogs !

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Kiwi123161
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Kiwi123161
6 years ago

Truly amazing animals

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
6 years ago

Interesting! They really put all through the test.

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Katiemissy
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Katiemissy
6 years ago

Lovely story!!

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Puppiesloveme
6 years ago

thats a great program

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natalie
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natalie
6 years ago

I can't imagine how much training it takes for this dogs to become guide dogs. Amazing.

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AuntPittypat
6 years ago

I am fascinated by how intuitive these dogs can be. There has to be an incredible bond between a service dog and his owner considering the level of two-way trust involved.

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SweetieKisses
6 years ago

I just had to read it again, and I'm glad I did. When someone uses the term "TeamWork", THIS relationship is exemplary of TeamWork more so than any athletic association I can think of. "Awesome" is still the best description I can come up with.

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Keri W.
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Keri W.
6 years ago

That is excellent!

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GeneWeyer
6 years ago

Service dogs are amazing! I remember when a couple in town here both got seeing eye dogs. It was a big event and everyone was very happy for them. It made their lives much easier.

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Kathy
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Kathy
6 years ago

great story

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Elizabeth M.
6 years ago

God bless Ace and all the other Southern Guiding Eye dogs for the great contribution they make to so many people. The staff and volunteers involved also deserve kudos for their hard work and caring ways.

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Dara H.
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Dara H.
6 years ago

Service dogs are life savers!

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Tiff
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Tiff
6 years ago

This is a great program to not only bring about companionship but independence.

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Tarogirl
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Tarogirl
6 years ago

This program is priceless and so are the dogs

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norap p.
6 years ago

Service dogs are amazing. Kudos to all who devote their careers to this great service and to the individuals who entrust their lives to the dogs. And of course the most grateful thanks to the dogs!

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Kelsey L.
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Kelsey L.
6 years ago

This is so cool!

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Ann G.
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Ann G.
6 years ago

I want to be a Puppy Hugger! There is a guide dog school in Patterson, NY, very near our shelter. The waiting list to do the socialization for the very young puppies is LONG. These schools are wonderful and provide such a great service to the blind.

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
6 years ago

Good story. Dogs are amazing. They are smarter and more responsible than a lot of people.

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Kathy
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Kathy
6 years ago

Really great story. Animals help people so much without ever expecting anything in return.

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Elineen
6 years ago

Great story.

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Ella D.
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Ella D.
6 years ago

this is a great story... you dont hear much about them and what they do

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Sheryle T.
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Sheryle T.
6 years ago

The trainers must feel wonderful when they watch their dogs help those who need it.

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