Meeting Guide Dogs … A Fun And Furry Affair

by Julie Slack

Kindness comes in all shapes and sizes … from creating a holiday card for servicemen and women overseas to cleaning up a local park, there are many ways to teach children about compassion. At Kid Kindness we are dedicated to educating children about making a positive impact on local and global causes.

In support of our mission, this October Kid Kindness partnered with Guiding Eyes for the Blind to give children the opportunity to learn how dogs can help people with vision loss. Over thirty Kid Kindness participants met dogs-in-training and their puppy raisers at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton.

Kids and families enjoyed a presentation from Guiding Eyes raiser Robin Liberty and her dog-in-training, Ira. Robin shared information on the Guiding Eyes program, demonstrated some of the training and explained proper etiquette when coming across a working service dog.

After the presentation, the kids had a chance to meet the pups, visit the Puppy Kissing Booth, see the different types of dog harnesses and talk with the raisers one-on-one. The children also enjoyed making braided tug toys for these hard-working pups to enjoy at home!

The adorable pups and kind kids made for a wonderful event full of smiles! Check out some of the pictures from the event .

To learn more about Guiding Eyes for the Blind or to make a donation visit If you wish to contribute directly to the local chapter that was present at the event, please specify “Eastern Mass puppy raisers” in the memo section.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss. They are passionate about connecting exceptional dogs with individuals for greater independence. Since their founding in 1954, they have graduated over 7,000 guide dog teams.