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VRS wishes everyone a safe and fun Fourth of July.
The office will be closed but open again Thursday, July 5th, at 8:30am.
We were fortunate to have a visitor here at VRS today…Izzy from 11Alive. He is a 5 month old male Labrador who joined the 11Alive staff back in February. He appears each Wednesday on the show, arriving at 5:30AM to the studio. Izzy joined our local NBC station who is one of only a handful of NBC stations across the country participating in NBC’s TODAY Show program ‘Puppy with a Purpose’.
11Alive is working with the Guide Dog Foundation who will help them raise and train Izzy for about 16 months. In the end, Izzy will become a guide dog for an individual who experiences low vision and is legally or totally blind. To learn more about Izzy joining 11Alive take a look at this video: https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/meet-izzy-11alives-puppy-with-a-purpose/85-523447701
Our own instructor here at VRS, Jamie Marks, has a guide dog that also came from the Guide Dog Foundation . Her name is Frenchie and she and Jamie have been together 5 years this July. There are a few mis-conceptions about a guide dog and a lot of unknown etiquette tips that VRS can share. For instance, the purpose of the dog is to only guide the person around obstacles and indicate the location of steps and curbs, they may even be trained to find a few specific objects such as “Find the door” or “Find the elevator”. But, the person actually directs the dog and must possess their own orientation and mobility knowledge. In fact, the dog doesn’t know when it’s safe to cross the the street, he/she merely stops or tries to move the person if they see a car approaching too close.
A few etiquette tips from The Guide Dog Foundation include:
While there are a number of types of service dogs, a guide dog is the top elite position. Not all service dogs, of course, can be guide dogs. Guide dogs are specially bred and trained for their positions. Being a puppy raiser for a guide dog or service dog is a very honorable and fulfilling position. So, if interested, contact the Guide Dog Foundation for more information.
It was a pleasure having Izzy visit VRS today and Frenchie certainly enjoyed meeting him. It was nice for all of us who hadn’t met Frenchie as a puppy to see and hear how he started. We’re sure Izzy appreciated meeting Frenchie too so he could see what his future holds for him!
VRS will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th. As you enjoy time with friends and family, please take a moment to thank those who have given so much to our country.
The New Year is a great time to recommit yourself to controlling your diabetes. With the modern conveniences of scheduling and glucose monitoring apps, there’s no excuse to not stay on top of your diabetes. Go ahead and pull out your calendar and set reminders to do the following in 2017:
For more information on trying new things – tune into our Blog in January 2017