I was very excited about the success of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppies in Training and Working Guide Dogs the Annual Hollywood Bowl outing. It was so good to meet new raisers and handlers at the picnic and inside of the venue. There were 30 dogs and 92 humans in attendance. The seating, as always, was great. Thank you all for making this years event a success.
The Hollywood Bowl outing is my favorite event with Guide Dogs for the Blind, both puppies in training and working guide dogs. We start the evening with a bus ride on the Park and Ride buses to Hollywood Bowl. Then get together for a picnic. Then make our way to our seats. It’s lots of walking, crowds and noise. The pups did great – the humans handled it very well too 🙂
Thank you to Shavonn and Trisha for starting this event and keeping it going. I had lots of fun taking this on myself this year. Thank you to all of the attendees for making the event a total success.
Enjoy the pictures. I have one regret, I failed to take a table picture of my own “family”, the Donlan’s who’s working Guide Dog, Elbert was raised by me. I just couldn’t believe it as I was reviewing the pictures this morning. I am so sorry 😦
~~ Mary Ann
Kelton and I were invited to join the LA GDB Alumni chapter GDB Paws of Fame for a tour of Disney Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. Dan and Carol, with their influence at the Music Center, hosted the event by securing a great tour guide who gave us special attention. The Guide Dog Teams that were there were: Joe and Balsam, Melissa and Camry, Rebecca and Duke, Jeremy and Spice and Dan and Elbert (I had the honor and privilege of being Elbert’s puppy raiser). Kelton watched the working dogs very carefully as he is getting very close to heading back to GDB for “College”.
What a great opportunity!
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In 2001, Navy Golf Course PGA head professional and director of golf Joe Grohman attended a United States Blind Golf Association clinic in Los Angeles. He was so moved that he invited the group to a clinic at the Cypress facility where he works.
Grohman has held the clinic there ever since, with the event on June 30, 2014. He said the years have passed quickly because hosting clinics for physically challenged golfers is fun for him.
“When you see how much joy participants get, how could you not [be involved]?,” he said.
“They’re just awesome,” Grohman said of the participants – campers from the Junior Blind of America’s Camp Bloomfield.
Bill Davis, an accomplished Southern California triathelete and world champion golfer who is legally blind, was enthusiastic when Grohman contacted him. Davis is a key part of the group Grohman refers to as “the team,” a network of a dozen Southern California PGA pros and others who call on one another to staff clinics across the region.
Only with the help of management and staff at Navy Golf Course and active community groups, Grohman said, are the clinics possible. Volunteers from the Tiger Woods Learning Center, First Tee of South Los Angeles, Johnson Junior Golf, USBGA, the Navy Golf Course’s Men’s and Ladies’ Clubs, and Guide Dogs for the Blind assisted with the clinic.
Grohman said that hosting the clinics fits with three of his personal commitments — use golf to give back, bring joy and connect with people.
There were Guide Dog Puppies in Training from Guide Dogs for the Blind for the campers to meet and pet. These puppies were from 3 local Guide Dog Puppy clubs along with their puppy raisers. For information about being a Guide Dog Puppy Raiser, contact Guide Dogs for the Blind
Today was the 9th annual Orange County Vision Walk. GDB Puppy Raisers join other vision research supporters to walk around the inside and outside of Angel Stadium. The entire walk is about 3 miles done at a strolling pace as you visit with other raisers. It is fun to share stories and get to know other people who are passionate about GDB Puppy Raising. The topics range from “how many puppies have you raised” to “what did your puppy most recently destroy” to “relieving issues”. You would think we were in a Mommy and Me class 🙂
Rome’s graduation on February 22, 2014. He was given to Lynda Parsons of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Rome is her second guide dog from GDB. Lynda told me they bonded within several hours of being together and she just loves his “smile” They are a perfect match, both are very happy and full of life.