Side by Side
Spring/Summer 2018
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Welcome to Side by Side, the official newsletter of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. This is the Spring/Summer 2018 edition, Volume 33, Number 1.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is a founding member of the International Guide Dog Federation, a Member of Assistance Dogs International Inc., and a member of the Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools.

Our registered charity number is 1064 6819 RR0001.

Our website is

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is now accepting photo submissions for our 2019 Calendar Photo Competition.

Please keep the following guidelines in mind before submitting your photos:

• Photos must be of a dog active for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind; Puppy Walking, Breeding, Working (no retired or career change dogs please)
• Photos must have been taken between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018
• Photos must be generic – no names, people, toys, harnesses, training jackets, date or time stamps
• Only high-resolution* photos will be accepted. Please set your camera to its highest possible setting, or if emailing with your phone or device send, as the largest size photo
• Landscape photos only please

*A resolution of 300dpi is necessary for printing. If your photos are 180dpi, please ensure they are at least 3MB in size.

Photos submitted for the competition become the property of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Photos should be submitted by email to by June 30, 2018. Winners will receive a complimentary copy of the 2019 calendar.


Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind held two raffles this winter.

Congratulations to Jill Straby of Kemptville, Ontario, winner of our hockey tickets raffle, held on January 12, 2018. Jill won two 100 level seats, and parking, to see the Ottawa Senators host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Thanks to The Co-operators (Bill McDonald Agency) in Manotick for donating this great package! (Lottery license #M757872).

Congratulations to Kim Goebel of Perth, Ontario, winner of our hockey tickets raffle, held on February 7, 2018. Kim won two 100 level seats, and parking, to see the Ottawa Senators host the Buffalo Sabres. Kim’s package also included a pre-game buffet for two in the Alumni Lounge. Thanks to our generous donor. (Lottery license #M758054)


Remember you can read Side by Side on our website.

Email or phone (613) 692-7777 to remove your name from our “snail mail” list.

Read Side by Side at every spring and fall.


A special thank you to the following businesses which have donated goods or services to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind:

American Airlines Puppies in Flight
Bayer Healthcare Animal Health
Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.
Elanco Animal Health Canada
Merck Canada Inc.
Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada


Here is a listing of the Board of Directors for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind:

Edward K. Mann Chair
Heather E. Skuce Past Chair
Ronald Burns Secretary
William Wolfenden Treasurer
Mary Jane Binks Director
Marilyn Guty Director
Brian Scott Director
Jane E. Thornton Director

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‘What does blind look like?’

Anne Malone is legally blind, but prefers to be called visually impaired. Her vision has been impaired since birth. However, things took a dramatic turn for the worse in 2006, when she was forty-nine. She awakened one morning almost unable to see her face in the mirror, as small blood vessels deep within her eyes had burst.

Anne does not wear dark glasses. Instead, she wears contact lenses to try to enhance what vision she has. Sometimes those who are legally blind are questioned because ‘they don’t look blind’.

“It’s very strange that people question and interrogate to determine how much you can see, how much you can’t see, whether you have a right to be there with that dog or not”, says Anne, who is usually accompanied by her guide dog Cheryl. Sometimes strangers take it upon themselves to perform eye testing. Anne has experienced people waving objects in front of her asking if she can see them. She says it bothers her, no matter how much she’s grown used to it. Others will make rude comments asking if she is actually blind.

There is a large misconception about what blind looks like. That includes guide dog handlers. The definition for legal blindness may vary among countries. Millions of people have partial or complete loss of vision in Canada, where normal vision is defined as 20/20 and legal blindness is defined as worse than or equal to 20/200 with best correction in the better eye or a visual field extent of less than 20 degrees in diameter. In Canada, a visual acuity worse than 20/50 disqualifies people from obtaining a driver’s license or restricts their driving to daytime only, as do some visual field deficits.

Witnessing Anne at a grocery store is a perfect example of how the public may become confused. Anne can shop for her own groceries, but when items are moved to new shelves it is frustrating, as Anne will have no idea where to find them. She tends to pick up the same items and brands every time she shops. Anne says, “I see blobs of colour, so if I’m looking for lemons or bananas, I’m looking for an expanse of yellow. I’m familiar enough with the labels of things I regularly buy to be able to identify them on the shelf, so I know that Campbell’s soup is a blob of red with some white on it. I know that the coffee I buy is in a brown bag with some yellow lettering on it”. If there are new products on the shelves, Anne never knows about them.

While walking away from a supermarket near her house in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Anne was recently challenged by a stranger. The man, crossing the street, yelled at Anne, “You’re not blind, right? You just told the dog to turn left. How did you know?” There are so many misconceptions in the public.

Anne’s bottom line is do not tell someone that they don’t look blind. Anne says, “It can sometimes be thrown down as a gauntlet. You know, ‘Prove to me you’re blind’”. Anne’s response to that is, “What does blind look like?”

Raising Stanley/Life With Tulia, by Kim Kilpatrick and Karen Bailey, and directed by Bronwyn Steinberg, is an accessible theatrical experience for all ages.

The journey from puppy to working guide dog for the blind told through storytelling, painting and video runs July 26 to August 5, 2018 at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington Street West, Ottawa. Tickets are available at or by phone at (613) 236-5196. Visit for more information.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Events Update:

The 29th annual Guide Dog Motorcycle Ride took place on September 10, 2017. About 120 motorcyclists participated in the 180-kms ride. The day also featured plenty of prizes, a BBQ, and the chance to meet some guide dogs in training. Thanks to all riders who participated, and to Scott and Dave and the Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers Ottawa Chapter, who raised more than $3,500 for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. We hope you can join us in 2018 for our 30th annual Guide Dog Ride!

Elmwood School in Ottawa’s Rockcliffe Park has a number of treasured traditions. One long-standing tradition is Elmwood’s House System. Each girl is a proud member of one of four Houses, named after famous women: Fry House, Nightingale House, Keller House, and Wilson House. This gives them a sense of belonging to a small, cross-grade group within a larger community and builds school spirit and camaraderie. Senior school students also have the chance to take on leadership roles and help guide younger students during house events. Each House has a signature event, which raises funds for community causes. Keller House organizes Dog Day each year in support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. We thank 2017-18 Head of Keller House, Katherine Keough, for her efforts in organizing the event on September 23, 2017.

The 8th Annual Toledo Ride-A-Thon took place on Saturday, October 14, 2017; this year, for the first time, in support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. People arrived with their horses and trailers, tacked up and rode 25-kms. through the concession roads and sugar bushes. The $50 registration fee included a meal that “knocked your boots off”. Thank you to Lee Ann, Kelly and all the organizers of this amazing fundraising event. Learn more at

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind participated in Santa Claus Parades in Barrhaven, Manotick and Smiths Falls, Ontario.

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Pet Food ‘n More hosted Pet Photos with Santa at all seven of their stores in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver area) of British Columbia, in addition to other fundraising throughout December 2017 for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. The event is for the public and their dogs to pose with Santa.

Place d’Orléans in Ottawa, Ontario donated the space for us to host a Gift Wrapping Store from December 1-24, 2017. The campaign was 100% volunteer driven, and enabled us to raise a great deal of funds from shoppers who used our gift wrapping service to raise money for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Thanks to the folks at Place d’Orléans and our volunteers for making this such a successful event.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind would like to thank the Manotick Village & Community Association for choosing us as the charity recipient for Shiverfest, the annual winter carnival in our “hometown” of Manotick, Ontario.

The Pucci Parlour, a pet grooming salon in our hometown of Manotick, Ontario sold hearts to customers and posted them on the wall during a February 2018 fundraiser. We appreciate being selected as their charity of choice.


Puppy Walking and Breeding Program

The following litters were born from September 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018:

Harlow, golden retriever, black Labrador cross, female, bred to Sapo, golden retriever, male

Maddie 2, yellow Labrador, female, bred to Oscar 4, yellow Labrador, male

Vanilla 2, yellow Labrador, female, bred to Jenner, standard poodle, male

Lola, black Labrador, female, bred to Rufus 3, yellow Labrador, male

A sincere thank you to puppy walkers whose dogs have completed the Puppy Walking Program and breeding stock holders and boarders whose dogs have been used for breeding, from September 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018:

Barbara Annas, Jessica Beers, Yves Bergeron, Sarah Binczyk, Lise Bourassa, Pauline Crowder, Laura Dallas, Cathryn Davidson, Deanne Donohue, Nancy England, Heather Fowler, Bruce Gernon, Beverley Hamblin, Roy Hunter, Bob Lamey, Sophie Lauro, Jim Laws, Gabriel Lazdins, Michael Leber, Vanessa Lloyd, Wendy Martin, Sharon Mattice, Craig McPhail, Pam Middleton, Carmela Parent, Peter Pellegrini, Judit Petenyi, Kim Poaps, Mark Raizenne, Claire Reed-Cassels, Vickie Reynolds, Fritz Schdmit, Luba Schmidt, Cheryl Silis, Sylvia Sirett, Lucia Taggart, Lori Tremblay, Mary Beth Walenius, Graham Ware, Tracey Wright.

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Client Profile – Bryan Gutteridge & Jasper

Bryan Gutteridge was first introduced to guide dogs in the United Kingdom, while training as a chef in Redbridge, Essex. He would often see guide dogs walking around the area and sometimes in the Redhouse, where he worked in 1961.

It was more than 30 years later when Bryan lost his vision, a complete loss of central vision. In 1995, Bryan, who resided in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, was diagnosed with Lebers Optic Neuropathy and was told he was legally blind.

Through training Bryan attended to deal with losing his sight, he met many others who were using guide dogs. Bryan spoke to people about his options and did some research before deciding to apply to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The application process began with ensuring that Bryan was eligible to apply, including checking medical documentation and his orientation and mobility skills. A visit from a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor was next. Bryan says, “This was intensive, with many questions about my personal life in general then a walk” (with the Instructor and guide dog handle and harness). Bryan was contacted to attend a training course in November 1998 and was introduced to his first guide dog, Forest, a German shepherd.

According to Bryan, “The four week training, in a word, was amazing. I thought I knew about how dogs are trained and everything the dog has to learn. In those four weeks, I found out the dogs knew their job, and we needed to let them do their job.” After completion of training, Bryan felt much more confident in getting around his hometown, and even during overseas travel he would eventually take with Forest.

“I have always been an active person and having a guide dog made so much difference for my daily mobility”, Brian says. “Taking the worry out of finding the curb, stairs or doors using a White Cane. Having a guide dog improved my life and gave me the confidence to get back into the work force.”

“One of the words Forest learned during training and on daily routes was ‘bus’. During training on the way back from walks, the command was ‘find the bus’. Therefore, from then on, any bus, car, van, plane or train was a bus! Once while in France, visiting my sister, we took a drive to an old castle. We had to park such a long way off and it was getting late in the day. Then we had to find the car. Forest was amazing at having a map in his head. I said ‘Forest find the bus’. The roads leading up to the castle started at the bottom and went round in a spiral to the top with roads leading off. He took us the same way back and in the dark.”

Bryan’s second guide dog was another German shepherd, named Rugby. Like, Forest, Rugby traveled many times across Canada and overseas. Both dogs were able to navigate large airports, and even able to find the luggage carousels. Bryan says, “I’ve taken my guide dogs to restaurants in different cities and countries, and I still love to hear people say, ‘Wow, I didn’t know there was a dog here’.”

Working at the University of Alberta, Bryan’s guide dogs helped him get around the huge campus. “Being consistent with the routes I would take made it easier for them to anticipate where I was going by saying left or right when exiting my office or home”. Bryan adds, “Finding the crosswalk and the bus stops are critical”.

Prior to losing his vision, Bryan was an avid golfer, and this continued, with his guide dogs on the course. “I have continued, to this day, getting out on the links. I have a very close friend as my golf coach and played in many tournaments with my friend holding onto my dog while I teed off”.

Jasper is Bryan’s third and current guide dog. Now in his late sixties and retired, Bryan enjoys getting out on the trails where he lives. Bryan says, “Jasper is a young dog and I’m thankful for the way he was matched for me. I could not have asked for a better match. I believe it’s all down to the training and matching the guide dog to the client.”

Bryan is quick to recommend having a guide dog. “A guide dog can help a person lead a normal, productive life, young or my age, and have confidence traveling around with your guide dog side by side”. Bryan also points out the interesting difference between using a guide dog for mobility rather than a White Cane. “A guide dog is an obstacle avoider, while a White Cane is an obstacle finder”. So, there you have it. Would you prefer to use a White Cane and bump into things or have a guide dog and walk around them?

Bryan adds further compliments to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind by saying, “Everything was taken care of from start to ongoing assistance with aftercare. There is always someone to assist if you need tips, tweaking or veterinary questions answered. The Training Centre is fully accessible, making the experience pleasurable and less stressful”.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is proud to have given back independence to over 850 Canadians by providing and training them in the use of guide dogs and mobility assistance dogs.

Want to help?

Consider making a one-time donation or become a monthly donor.
Talk to your financial, insurance or legal advisor on how to donate gifts of shares, stock options, life insurance, bequests, wills, or capital property.
Raise a guide dog puppy for twelve to eighteen months.
Purchase a crate for a pup or dog.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is in Canada, for Canadians, since 1984.


Give a gift that counts! Purchase a crate for a guide dog or puppy in training. Your contribution of $120 will enable Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind to purchase a crate in your honour. If you would like to purchase a crate in honour of a loved one, we’ll mail them a card with a personalized message from you! To donate a crate, visit our website at and follow the instructions.

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Client Profile - Shannon Young & Eugene

In 2011, when driving to work, Shannon Young was in a head-on collision with a dump truck. Shannon suffered multiple fractures and severe trauma in all four limbs. Shannon says, “I’m extremely fortunate and have been able to work with a phenomenal recovery team which has allowed me to regain the ability to walk short distances on good days. However I also use a cane, a walker, and a wheelchair.”

In December 2016, Shannon was paired and trained with an assistance dog from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Now, no matter what, Shannon & Eugene are always together.

Eugene’s primary task is fetching items such as a phone, keys, pens, or socks and picking up items that Shannon drops. Shannon says, “The less stress I put on my body for repetitive tasks that able bodied people take for granted, the more activities I can do independently. All of the tasks that Eugene helps me with are ones I took for granted before my accident.”

“Eugene and I are a teaching team in a rural school board. On a daily basis, Eugene retrieves items for me over forty times. If my hands are full, Eugene will press the automatic door button. When completing chores around the house, even when his work vest is off, Eugene will assist me with laundry, garbage, and picking up any items I may drop. Due to the trauma of my car accident, I suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While Eugene is not trained to assist me in calming down and controlling my anxiety, he is extremely attentive and compassionate. Eugene and I learn and grow as a service dog team everyday. Without Eugene working with me on a daily basis I know I wouldn’t be as resilient as I am.”

Eugene has assisted Shannon in managing pain and anxiety, which has resulted in increased independence. Shannon says, “The impact Eugene has had on my life is immense and positive! There has been an amazing growth opportunity as I work on sharing information about us as a service dog team at work and in the community. Many people don’t understand the various laws and regulations for service animals or that it changes by province and territory. Eugene and I are well known and work at over thirty schools. We are always greeted with smiles and hellos. Eugene makes people smile.”

Despite all the positivity, there can be challenges with an assistance dog. Upon visiting public spaces, Shannon has overheard staff discussing whether or not they need to approach to confirm that Eugene is a certified assistance dog. Shannon says, “When Eugene and I are walking and my disability appears invisible I am always asked or overhear Eugene being referred to as ‘in training’. If Eugene is distracted, he cannot do his job. Please respect the handler by speaking to them and ignoring the dog, the same way you would a mobility aid, like a cane or wheelchair”.

The school board where Shannon works has developed and implemented a Staff Service Dog Policy that will help other people in the future. Shannon and Eugene were active members in the creation of the policy. The hope is that other employers will review their current policies for service animals.

Eugene is an amazing assistance dog, helping Shannon to be completely independent, but he still gets to be a dog and have fun. He has become a Comiccon celebrity magnet, having met actors Will Friedle, John Rhys-Davies, John Cusack, Robin Lord Taylor, and many more. Eugene loves wheelchair basketball. He has also been to outdoor events like the Glengarry Highland Games, air shows, and ribfests. Eugene, who is bilingual, even has a Twitter account where his exciting adventures are shared, while he is on the road, working or playing.

Shannon says, “Having an assistance dog is wonderful, but not necessarily for everyone. Eugene requires a lot more care than my other dog. It is essential for us to train regularly which can be challenging when ill or after surgery”. The training experience was also a consideration. “I live with chronic pain which means some days I can be up for hours and other days I can’t walk. The training process was physically demanding and draining but Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind accommodated and modified my training based on my specific needs. The follow up is extremely reliable and caring”.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind operates solely through donations. You can contribute several ways.

Pre-authorized debits:
Arrange for automatic monthly withdrawals from your bank account on the first business day of the month. You will need to complete a PAD agreement. Email to request the agreement. A tax receipt will be issued at the end of the year for the total amount donated.

Online donation with the Royal Bank of Canada:
This is available only to RBC clients. Select Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind as the Payee and enter donation amount. You must have your individual Donor ID, which can be requested by email at by giving your name and address, or by phoning our office at (613) 692-7777 and speaking with our Bookkeeping Department.

Cheque or Money Order:
Make payable to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Cheques and money orders can be mailed to PO Box 280, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A3.

Donate in person at our National Training Centre, 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, Manotick, Ontario.

Online donation via credit card payment:
Visit our website at You can donate using Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Monthly credit card payment:
Phone our office at (613) 692-7777 to set up payment on the first or the fifteenth day of each month. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. A tax receipt will be issued at the end of the year for the annual amount donated.

Gifts of shares, stock options, life insurance, bequests, wills and capital property:
Please call us for more information or have your legal or financial representative contact us at (613) 692-7777.

Thank you for donating to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is very grateful to our volunteers, whose tireless efforts contribute to the success of our organization. Congratulations to the following volunteers who marked a milestone in 2017:

Thirty years of volunteering:
Heather Chilvers, Manotick, ON * John Chilvers, Manotick, ON

Twenty-five years of volunteering:
Ann Cronin, Manotick, ON * Jack Turner, Prince Albert, SK

Twenty years of volunteering:
Keith Butt, Ottawa, ON * Heather Dunbar, Ottawa, ON * Marilyn Fenwick, Nepean, ON * Margaret Lachapelle, Prince George, BC * Kim Whitehorne, Oxford Mills, ON

Fifteen years of volunteering:
Louise Ainsworth, Almonte, ON * Bob Berrigan, Alexandria, ON * Randy Chapman, Saskatoon, SK * Deanne Dolton, Stratford, ON * Don Dolton, Stratford, ON * Peter Hanson, Kanata, ON * Barbara Hazen, Hamilton, ON * George Hug, Wellington, ON * Michael Jordan, Ottawa, ON * Anne Osmond, Manotick, ON * Nicole Schrie, Petawawa, ON

Ten years of volunteering:
David Ball, Nanaimo, BC * Diane Ball, Nanaimo, BC * Wendy Carroll, Ottawa, ON * Johanne Chartrand, Orleans, ON * Jennifer Doucette, Nepean, ON * Jen Goulden, Gloucester, ON * Janet Harrison, Manotick, ON * Krista Kowalchuk, Ottawa, ON * Doreen Russell, Bay Roberts, NL * Catherine Veysey, Fredericton, NB * Lorraine Weisenberger, Ottawa, ON

Five years of volunteering:
Joe Bekkema, Cobble Hill, BC * Diane Brewer, Kindersley, SK * Pat Buxton, Colborne, ON * Joy Clarke, Nepean, ON * Matthew Do Couto, Thornhill, ON Janna Earls, Guelph, ON * Barbara Grant, Nepean, ON * Doreen Gronning, Kindersley, SK * Nancy Jack, Paris, ON * Heather McLellan-Cliteur, Ennismore, ON * Debbie McLeod, Edmonton, AB * Dale Ranick, St. Thomas, ON * Luba Schmidt, Stittsville, ON * Mary Smiley, Middle LaHave, NS * Touchstone Place Clubhouse, Wetaskiwin, AB * Joan Warmen, Kindersley, SK


Obituaries and Guide Dog Memorial Tributes may be submitted to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, PO Box 280, Manotick, ON, K4M 1A3; or by email to

Our People…

Peggy Amundson died peacefully on January 10, 2018 at the age of 89. Peggy was a dedicated volunteer for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind from the early years, starting in 1985. Peggy played an integral role as a volunteer breeding stock holder, helping to bring many guide dog pups into the world. She was a tremendous ambassador for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, willing to assist in any way possible. We offer our condolences to Peggy’s husband, Dr. Cliff Amundson, and family.

Jerry Cafferky, a long-time volunteer for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, passed away on October 12, 2017. Retirement gave Jerry the time to embrace his true passion, his love of dogs, and to pursue his desire to help people achieve independence with them. Jerry and his wife, Joan, welcomed many puppies into their lives and into their hearts over the years and it always filled Jerry with a sense of excitement, enthusiasm and great pride. Jerry was also a past Chairperson of the Victoria Chapter of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. We offer condolences to Joan, his wife of 60 years.

Ad Goosens passed away peacefully, at the age of 88 years, on November 20, 2017. Ad volunteered for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind from 2000-2013, looking after our donation dogs in Brockville, Ontario. Ad was always eager to help and did so with a smile and his charm. We offer condolences to his wife, Ada.

Dr. James Hutchison died peacefully on October 2, 2017 at the age of 91. James, known endearingly as “Hutch” or “Dr. H”, was the youngest veterinarian to graduate from the University of Guelph’s Veterinary College in 1947. In 1958, he co-founded what is now the largest veterinary hospital in Eastern Ontario, Alta Vista Animal Hospital. He was a former Chief Veterinarian for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. We offer condolences to Cecilia, his wife of 63 years.

Barbara Smith passed away on January 30, 2018 at the age of 65. Barbara enjoyed many hobbies and activities, including traveling and walking outdoors with her companion and guide dog, Jemma, who will truly miss her. Barbara was a fun-loving people person and was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. We offer our condolences to Dave, her husband of 46 years.

Our Dogs…
Felicity (September 28, 2004 – January 25, 2018) and I graduated as guide dog team #616 on April 17, 2008. Felicity was the sweetest black Lab you could imagine. Her sense of humour and willingness to be a guide dog made me bond with her right from the start. Her retirement years were spent with family. Thanks for giving me the opportunity of training and receiving this special Lab. Many tears were shed with Felicity’s passing, and we will have memories to remember her, with thanks.
Betty Meacher

Our best friend, Liam, retired guide dog, died on December 21, 2017. He was born November 26, 2004. He lived with us for thirteen years, including his faithful service as a guide dog. We miss him so much as a member of our family. We’ll remember him forever. He was so gentle, nice, quiet and enjoyed his life of happiness with us.
Harold Verge

Born February 3, 2003, as part of the “W” litter, career change dog Waldon passed away in February 2018 after just celebrating his 15th birthday in Victoria, B.C. Loved by everyone he met, our time with this kind and gentle soul went by far too quickly, but we loved every minute of it. “Best Dog Ever?!” We think so. Simply put: Waldon made every day better!
Brian & Donna Adam

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has a gift shop. In each newsletter, we highlight six items available for purchase.

This time, we feature our latest t-shirt. It is a hand and paw design featured over top of our logo with a Canada 150 logo. The t-shirts are charcoal grey and range in sizes from medium to XXL. T-shirts are twenty dollars each.

Our 2018 Christmas Cards featuring a yellow Lab in a relaxed position, with a grey background, and Christmas ornament in the top left hand corner of the card. Packages are sold in cards of ten with envelopes for twelve dollars.

Our tote bags are perfect for shopping and great for the environment. Re-use them every time. Beige tote bags feature a cute black Lab face called “Bogart” on the front. They are twenty dollars.

We have blank general notecards featuring a yellow Lab on the front. The cards are square and blank inside, suitable for any occasion. Packages of ten cards and envelopes sell for twelve dollars.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind sells custom engraved dog tags. You choose the engraving of up to four lines on each tag. These are great in case your dog or other pet gets away from you. Pet tags are six dollars and come in multiple colours.

We have several varieties of TY Beanie Babies available. This time, we are featuring “Slush”. All TY Beanie Babies sell for twelve dollars.

Please note that the prices for all of these items, as stated in this newsletter, include taxes. Shipping and handling is an additional fifteen percent.

For any of our gift items, you can print the order form from the graphics version of our newsletter; order online at in our gift shop; or phone us at (613) 692-7777.

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Here is our full contact information:

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
4120 Rideau Valley Drive North
PO Box 280
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A3
Telephone (613) 692-7777
Fax (613) 692-0650
Web site

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is Canadian registered charity number 10684 6819 RR0001.

This concludes Side by Side, the 2018 Spring/Summer edition, Volume 33, Number 1.