Gallant Hearts Training Centre.

Gallant Hearts Training Centre is one of the newer guide dog schools. I chat with co-founder Becky Floyd about about her lifelong interest in guide dogs, and the interesting breeds that Gallant Heart specializes in.

Lawrence Gunther, Canada’s Only Blind Conservationist.

Canoeing and snowshoeing, fishing and ice fishing … Lawrence Gunther, Canada’s only blind conservationist, has done it and continues to do it with his guide dog.  He tells us about some of his adventures, and points us to podcasts videos, and blogs about how he and his guide dog continue to explore Canada.

Tips on How to Massage Your Assistance Dogs.

The last presentation of this past summer’s first-ever virtual GDUI convention was given by Katie Maertens, a nationally certified pet massage therapist.  She devoted the last part of her presentation to answering questions about how to massage your assistance dogs.

Guide Dog Users of Canada’s Upcoming Virtual AGM and New On-line Store Front

This month, we hear all about Guide Dog Users of Canada’s upcoming virtual AGM from committee co-chairs Sharon Morton and Kim Marsden.

Kim Bannatyne of Winnipeg Manitoba also tells us about GDUC’s new on-line store front, and the products being sold from there, which she co-designed

GDUC’s Annual General Meeting, and their new on-line merch store.

First, I chat with Sharon Morton from Gravenhurst, Ontario and Kim Marsden from Barrie Ontario about Guide Dog Users of Canada’s first-ever virtual annual general meeting.  On the same call, I also speak with Kim Bannatyne from Winnipeg, Manitoba about GDUC’s new on-line merchandise store, and the tea-shirts that she co-designed.

International Assistance Dog Week, A Frankie Assessment of Service Dog Training, the Instant Pot, and a demonstration of the Google Home Mini.

First, Marcie Davis of Santa Fe, New Mexico tells Devon how we can celebrate International Assistance Dog Week, August 2 to 8, in spite of Covid-19. Next, we hear an article called A Frankie Assessment of Service Dog Training, written by Devon’s guide dog, Frankie. Third on the docket is Devon’s monthly chat with Kim Kilpatrick from Get Together with Technology. This time, Kim assures us that the Instant Pot is very blind person friendly. We bring the show to a close with a demonstration of the Google Home Mini.

International Assistance Dog Week, and Xylitol in many products

We begin by asking Marcie Davis, founder and co-ordinator of International Assistance Dog Week, August 2 to 8, 2020 how we can celebrate the week with breaking social distancing rules.

We also hear how a woman gave her dog an anti-allergenic capsule, totally unaware that it contained Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can be fatal to dogs.

Guide Dog Users Inc. Goes Virtual, and CNIB Guide Dogs Conducts Virtual Pup Crawl

Devon speaks first with Guide Dog Users Inc.’s outgoing president, Penny Reeder about this coming July’s convention that will be available to anybody and everybody who registers.  No membership required.

Next, CNIB Guide Dogs newly appointed president Diane Bergeron speaks with Devon from her treadmill about a 5-km. Virtual Pup Crawl taking place during the month of May.

Keeping Assistance Dogs Engaged, Safety Message re. Covid-19 and Your Dog, and Uber and Lift Are Being Taken Back to Court.

Today, we begin by chatting with Rob Cramer, a guide dog mobility instructor with Canada’s newest guide dog training program, CNIB guide dogs about how to keep your dog engaged during these times of social distancing. Next, we hear some tips from the medical director at Guide Dogs for The Blind about keeping your dog safe and healthy during the current pandemic. Finally, we learn that the National Federation of The Blind in the U.S. is taking both Uber and Lift back to court for noncompliance with a previous settlement.