Category: Guide Dog

Airlines increasing training to help vision impaired travelers

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 airlines are finally starting to up their game when it comes to visually impaired travelers. Recently, Travel + Leisure reported that Virgin Atlantic are revamping their training for cabin crews to better support visually impaired travelers with Guide Dogs. Virgin Atlantic is partnering with the Guide Dogs charity ( toRead More …

The difference between emotional support animal and service dog

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Do you know the difference between an emotional support animal and a service dog? It can be confusing, especially with the new legislation, and all of the claims by companies on the internet promising documentation to allow you to take your dog anywhere you go. I am a guide dogRead More …

Traceability codes for guide dogs get their debut at the 2022 Paralympic Games

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At the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympic Games, 68 guide dogs were selected as special volunteers to help the athletes. These dogs all have a new identification QR code, which, when scanned provide important details about the guide dog. The new  identification system is integrated into China’s product quality traceability system, whichRead More …

Wandering in Wyoming

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I live in northern Colorado, and it is only a couple hour drive to Wyoming. With all the COVID restrictions starting to ease a bit, traveling has become a bit safer and more fun. Throughout 2020, I stayed pretty close to home like we all did, but ever after thingsRead More …

Thank you Pup Talk!

Fauna, my black lab guide dog sits on the ground high in the mountains of Colorado. She is surrounded by beautiful mountains;

A big shout out and thank you to Pup Talk for the great article on BlindTravels! You guys are awesome.

Guide Dogs UK celebrates 90 years!

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With Guide Dogs UK celebrating their 90th birthday today, the Shropshire Star took some time to publish a great article and shout out how amazing guide dogs are. The article emphasizes just how much independence working guide dogs give their handlers. I write quite often here on BlindTravels about myRead More …

Winter is coming!

Fauna the black lab guide dog wearing her harness and red and gray sweatshirt. She is standing in the living room ready to go out for a walk.

As summer winds down, and the signs of fall are all around us, it is a great time to think about keeping your dog safe during those wintery walks. While I will gear this article toward guide dog users, this information is appropriate for anyone who loves to venture outRead More …

Why do guide dogs stop at every corner?

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A guide dog and their handler are considered a team, they go everywhere together, and the dog is responsible for not only keeping their handler safe from obstacles, but also providing subtle cues for the location of the team along their route. The other day, I crossed a street andRead More …

Be my eyes and Guide Dogs for the Blind team up to help alumni

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Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) and the BeMyEyes app have reamed up to offer specialized help via the app for their blind and visually impaired clients. If you have never used the BeMyEyes app, it is a wonderful smartphone app which allows users to connect to a volunteer whoRead More …

Are you blind? dealing with social distancing as a visually impaired person.

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Before I got my guide dog Fauna, walking into objects and people was a fact of life. I would often lose focus while walking and veer off my line especially when I was in a store trying to find a particular product. Blindness is often referred to as the invisibleRead More …

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