Side by Side
Fall/Winter 2018
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Welcome to Side by Side, the official newsletter of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. This is the Fall/Winter 2018 edition, Volume 33, Number 2.

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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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


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
Aventix Animal Health
Bayer Healthcare Animal Health
Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.
Elanco Animal Health Canada
Merck Canada Inc.
Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada
Zoetis, Inc.


Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was pleased to host a group of delegates from the Embassy of Germany in Ottawa on April 27, 2018. This included Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser, the German Ambassador to Canada. Ambassador Sparwasser participated in a blindfold walk with a guide dog and Tim Morin, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor.

The visit was just two days after International Guide Dog Day, which Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind commemorates as a member of the International Guide Dog Federation.


Did you know?

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is a founding member of the International Guide Dog Federation.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was founded in 1984 to provide Canadians with greater mobility and independence through the use of professionally trained guide dogs.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has provided more than 850 guide dogs to Canadians who are blind and visually impaired.

There are a total of 22,575 guide dogs, from accredited International Guide Dog Federation organizations, working throughout the world, as of 2016 statistics.

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Kids rock…and support Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Children 12 and younger can participate in our colouring contest. Contest sheets are available on our website at Prizes are awarded every three months.

100 Kids Ottawa is a group of children from all over the city, who gather four times a year, each bringing $10 of their own spending money. They listen to three of their peers present on three different charities. After the presentations, all of the children vote on the organization of their choice, and the organization with the most votes gets the pooled donation from all of the children. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was chosen as the charity recipient in March 2018. We’d like to thank Robert Parent, who nominated and presented to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, and Anna Cleat, with her guide dog Cinder, who attended the 100 Kids Ottawa meeting.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind would like to thank Emily Vasbinder from École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard in Barrhaven, Ottawa, who did a school project and raised an incredible $141.95, mostly from a lemonade and cookie stand. Way to go Emily!

Isabelle Giffard is a ten-year old who made the decision to donate $150 of her own money to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. She joined us with her family and friends as special guests, and had the opportunity to participate in a blindfold walk, with Chelsea from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Tyler Evans celebrated his Bar Mitzvah this year and was seeking a charity to support. He had options, but after a visit and spending some time at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, he chose us. Tyler did a presentation at his Hebrew school after his visit and later came back to Canadian Gudie Dogs for the Blind to present his donation. Thanks, Tyler, for being such a great young man!

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Events

Pet Food ‘n More, a pet store chain with seven stores in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, continue to be major supporters of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. The stores accept donations at the cash, and host Pet Photos with Santa fundraisers every holiday season. In December 2018, Pet Food ‘n More raised a record amount of more than $28,000! Staff from the Surrey, B.C. store were pleased to present the cheque to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Walker Bruce Gernon with Archer, guide dog in training. Thank you to Pet Food ‘n More for their long-time support.

Global Pet Foods’ 12th annual “Show Us Your Heart” Campaign took place on Saturday, February 17, 2018. For a fifth consecutive year, the store at 3191 Strandherd Drive in Barrhaven (Ottawa, Ontario) selected Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind as their charity of choice for this campaign. Fundraising proceeds were presented by Shaylan Johnston, Store Manager to Janet Reside, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Walker, with Damon.

Two Beats Ahead Jazz Band held their fifth annual fundraising concert in support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. The concert was held on April 28, at Orchard View Event Centre in Ottawa. It was a fantastic evening of live music. Two Beats Ahead Jazz Band is set up with the same instrumentation as a big band from the 1940’s. The band features saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a full rhythm section. Under the direction of Band Leader Jean-Francois Fauteux, the band’s repertoire consists of everything from classic standards such as “All of Me” to modern day examples like “Suit and Tie.” In addition to the band, who donate their time and talent, we extend our appreciation to Manotick Veterinary Hospital who organize the entire event and to Orchard View Event Centre for donating the venue.

Manotick Curling Club raises funds each year for a charity of choice. Curlers donate change anytime they engage in “bad behaviour” on the ice, such as cursing or broom banging. Proceeds from the “Win the Fight” collection cup are donated to a charity. In 2018, the club selected Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and presented a cheque to us on June 1st. Thank you to the Manotick Curling Club for supporting their “hometown charity”.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind hosted our annual Dollars for Dogs Fundraising Walk on Sunday, May 28, 2018 at Andrew Haydon Park in Ottawa. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped us raise approximately $30,000. Participants who raised more than $1,000 in pledges and attended at our national walk in Ottawa were: Louise Bark; Kathryn Mikoski; Anna Cleat; and Anne Armitage. We would especially like to thank our clients who participated to give back to the organization. That includes those who attended our walk in Ottawa, but also to the several who held walks in their own communities, including Maria Friozzi and her guide dog Paz, who joined her for her walk in Chateauguay, Quebec.

Additional events are featured on page 5.

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Cheer’z Pub and Grill in Trenton, Ontario was the venue for Cheer’z to Guide Dogs The event featured classic cars, great food, live auction, and plenty of music all afternoon and evening, including a sit down with local songwriters Larry, Steve and Tyler Wilkinson (yes, The Wilkinsons!). It was an amazing day. The Mayor of the City of Quinte West, his Worship Jim Harrison, was welcomed by “DaBomb Girls!”. We thank Puppy Walker Laura Poropat, with Hazel, Cheer’z Pub and Grill, and all sponsors who made this day come together.

Nine holes of golf at the Canadian Golf & Country Club and a full lobster dinner are the highlights of our annual Nine & Dine event, which was held on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Thanks to everyone who played and all of our sponsors. It was a fantastic day with no rain and plenty of fun. While it is for fun, we do still have a winning team; the foursome of Garth Banning, Jackie Banning, Anne Collens, and Dave Anderson.

Thanks to everyone who attended our annual UK Day Garden Party & Tea on Sunday, July 22, 2018. English Double Devon cream, donated by Bakker’s General Store, complimented scones, prepared by the Chef at Earnscliffe, the Residence of the British High Commissioner. British food vendor Clarence & Cripps were on hand selling their wares, and live music was performed by Brian Lynch.

Ethel’s Lounge Tray Race, also known as “Industry Christmas”, celebrated 18 years on August 13, 2018. Hosted by Ethel’s Lounge on King Street North in Waterloo, Ontario, employees from nearly 35 local restaurants balanced trays of open water bottles while racing through an obstacle course of kegs in the parking lot. The goal is to be the fastest around the obstacle course while spilling the least amount of water. Waterloo’s Solé Restaurant and Wine Bar were crowned champions. Every year the organizers select a new charity to support. This year, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was the charity of choice and received more than $18,000! A huge thanks to Ethel’s Lounge and all other establishments and their staff who raised money and participated.

For all upcoming events, check our website at

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My First Dining In the Dark Experience by Codi Jeffreys, Jewel 98.5 Radio, Ottawa

When I was first asked to attend Dining In The Dark at Chances R, I was a touch hesitant as I was told you're in a darkened room so you can understand the great work Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind does. I was only hesitant as I'm a bit claustrophobic, but I thought you only live once, and with my husband Keith and my co-host Nida and her husband Chris and our winners there, it would be okay.

The night approached and off we went to be met by several wonderful dogs and workers from Canadian Guide Dogs at Chances R Restaurant. Steven Doucette, CGDB’s Events Coordinator said, “Oh you'll have fun. It's great; you’ll be blindfolded and escorted in.”

I only heard blindfolded and said, “What? Blindfolded but I'm claustrophobic, yikes.”

We approached the door and were escorted in and I won't lie, I was very nervous but in all honesty, the staff at Chances R Restaurant know what they're doing. They take your arm and bring you to your table while talking to you the whole way describing what is to your left, your right and you have your group with you doing a chain with a hand on each shoulder.

Once you're seated, some on whoopee cushions just to ease the nerves which worked for me, the rest I won't say is easy but it's well, fun and educational.

You are served a four course meal and your only indication of the food is the music they play to give you a hint. Of course, you can use your utensils like we all tried to do in the beginning but only Nida's husband remained the winner on that one as he tried to think like his plate was a clock and where the hour and minute hands should be. I won't lie, on this I tried to sneak a peak to see but that was my only time :)

The rest of my time was spent enjoying the food, as your other senses really do pick up their momentum, and I will say that food tasted amazing. Not to mention your other senses hone in, especially your hearing, at least for me.

When you can see someone, you can just look at them and hear them but when you're blindfolded and forced to just listen, it can be tougher. We all agreed while we were sitting next to each other, we felt like we were yelling as we couldn't hear as well but that might have had something to do with the other few hundred in the room doing the same ;) However, while listening as well, you really had to concentrate on what the other one was saying.

The whole Dining In The Dark experience truly was a good one, not only because I conquered that claustrophobic feeling but also because you get to experience what a blind person must feel and how they learn to adapt. It's not easy but, thankfully, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind are there to assist them.

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Dining in the Dark on May 29, 2018 raised $5,000 for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Mike Bouris, Co-owner of Chances R, presented proceeds to Jane Thornton, C.O.O. & Co-Founder, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.


Puppy Walking and Breeding Program

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

Harlee, German shepherd, female, bred to Chase, German shepherd, male

Sage, yellow Lab, female, bred to Ullman, black Lab, male

Latka, yellow Lab, female, bred to Striker, black Lab, 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, March 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018:
Cheryl Allan, Richard Allan, Neil Baxter, Brenda Belanger, Susan Bergeron, Hila Bredenkamp, Taren Carroll, Helene Chabot, Warren Chow, Leslie Ferguson, Jim Garrah, Nathalie Lachance, Janet Lavern, Thomas McKinnon, Vickie Reynolds, Marlene Shepheard, Wes Sim, Jennifer Snider, Peter Tessier, Jessie Thornton, Yumi Wagner, Kim Whitehorne, Dimitra Xerakias.

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Client Profile – Stephanie Pilon & Luka

Stephanie Pilon was no different than any other child. She was involved in sports and activities, and particularly enjoyed skiing. Stephanie grew up with loving parents. Her Dad worked for the Royal Canadian Air Force, so they moved often, including spending some time in Colorado in the United States. The only thing that may have been noticeably different to others at a young age was Stephanie’s blindness. She was born blind, but that doesn’t make her story sad. In fact, it’s a very positive one. “My parents encouraged me to do stuff and to find a way to do things”, says Stephanie. “I was not isolated. My parents were good. Some are not given opportunities, but I was”.

She began Orientation and Mobility instruction when she was just three years old. It was very basic at the time, but enabled Stephanie to learn how to use a White Cane for mobility, a tool that was extremely useful until later in life when she decided to apply for a guide dog.

Stephanie attended a public elementary school. It wasn’t Stephanie who had difficulty adapting, but it was the people around her. “I can recall hearing people say ‘poor blind child’ when I was around seven. Sometimes the teachers had difficulty including me, especially during gym class”, she says. “I was thirteen and they weren’t sure what to do with me. I was sometimes left playing with Playdough at thirteen years old. It was not good for my self-esteem and bullying became an issue”.

She moved away from home to attend high school at W. Ross Macdonald in Brantford, Ontario, a school for students who are visually impaired, blind or deaf-blind. At this particular school, the staff is dedicated to ensuring that students become equipped with the knowledge and competence necessary to be active and contributing citizens in our communities. Stephanie lived in a dorm with five other girls. She learned daily living skills and became involved in drama and music. “There were things I was not exposed to in a regular school”, she says.

Stephanie flourished and became very independent. She would regularly fly from Pearson International Airport in Toronto to visit her parents at home in North Bay, Ontario. She also became an advocate for equality. “I believe in the right to equal opportunity”, she says. This belief, along with Stephanie’s enthusiasm and spirit has progressed and she continues to have a desire to help others. She finished high school and then completed the Social Service Worker Program at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario. She was also valedictorian. From there, she continued her education at the University of Ottawa, and in the spring of 2012 graduated from Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario with a degree in Gender Equality and Social Justice.

While attending college in Cornwall, she had the opportunity to visit an open house at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. “I was curious about guide dogs. I talked to people I knew who had a guide dog and did a bit of investigating. I went to the open house. It wasn’t the right time though because of my schooling situation, so I waited to apply”.

Stephanie trained with and received her first guide dog, Salsa, in 2012. She returned to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind in August 2016 and graduated with her latest guide dog, Luka.

Stephanie says, “It’s a matter of confidence. I don’t want to crash into people. It’s embarrassing. Having Luka makes things so much easier than using a (White) Cane. It’s amazing. At a mall, Luka will go around people and obstacles. He finds things too, like elevators or a seat.” Luka was specifically matched with Stephanie. “The matching is amazing. It’s nice to have confidence and reassurance with Luka.”

Could Stephanie have a fulfilling life and be productive without a guide dog? Yes, definitely. However, with her guide dog, Stephanie’s life and mobility are greatly enhanced, providing her with an incredible amount of independence.


Every Dog Has Its Day, Even at Concordia

Some research by animal psychologists suggest that dogs are as intelligent as the average two-year old child. Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five, and can perform simple mathematical calculations.

There is one dog that might be capable of more. Lucky holds a B.A. in Arts and Sciences, majoring in Theological Studies. Okay, well it’s not really Lucky, but he was there for the entire education process.

It was in April 2012 when John Melbrew was training with Lucky at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. At the same time, he had applied to Concordia University. Upon graduating from “guide dog school” with Lucky, John received his email of acceptance from Concordia University.

John says, “Being an independent traveler, I had to teach Lucky the route we needed to travel by bus and Metro (train) into Montreal and back. We also had to learn the different campuses in both locations, which is a different set of buses and Metro trains. It did not take us long as a team to click together. Of course, Montreal being a place of continuous construction, we encountered many obstacles that I could not imagine trying to negotiate with a (long) cane, including some demonstrations. When I tell people that I am an independent student, I am subject to the same rules as everyone else. This meant, if we had evening courses, I was expected to attend. If there was a lecture I wanted to go to in the evening, it was up to us to get there and back. We traveled evening, daytime, and in rain and snow.

Completing the B.A. program was hard! It would have been even harder, and convocation on June 11, 2018 would not have been as much fun without Lucky, my partner of six years, or possible for that matter without Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and my guide dog's training. With much appreciation and affection, John and Lucky”.

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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 at this time. 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 Donations 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 Assistance Dogs Division

In the words of our clients…

“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 every day. Without Eugene working with me on a daily basis I know I wouldn’t be as resilient as I am.”
Shannon with Eugene

“Once, when we were out for a walk, my wheelchair became stuck on the path. We were there for twenty minutes trying to dislodge and nobody came along. Finally, I called 9-1-1 and gave them my location. While talking to the dispatcher, she informed me that the officers could not find me. I gave Orchid the hand signal for help and she started barking. The dispatcher then told me that the officers could hear Orchid and to keep her barking. Orchid led the officers right to us and saved the day.”
Rob with Orchid

“As a teenager, I developed chronic pain. As a result, I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder that I continue to manage. I frequently drop things, so Jax’s primary job is fetching. He helps me fetch my clothes for the laundry, and retrieves my cell phone, my iPad or the remote. When I am feeling unsteady, I put the leash on him and immediately my gait changes for the better. For my parents, I think his most important job is being able to bark for help when I fall and to provide support when I am alone in public. He is fantastic with young children, like my niece and nephew”.
Kaitlin with Jax

“Learning to walk with King alongside my scooter was great. Going to a grocery store, everyone smiles at him. He opens and closes the fridge every morning for me, he fetches items, and he gets me outside. Having King gives me reason to get up in the morning. He makes me smile and laugh every day. He makes hard days a little bit easier. He’s a part of our family and we love him so much.”
Chantel with King

“If I had a doctor’s appointment, I would have to sit at home for several hours because I did not have anyone to take off my sweater, jacket, or blanket on my legs. Also, I was not able to pick up things off the floor that I had dropped; important things such as my cane, credit cards, my purse, and my television remote. Sometimes my condo door would stick and I would be unable to leave on my own volition. These are all tasks now performed by Tilly.”
Ellen with Tilly

"It is hard to put into words the huge impact Yack has made on my life. His amazing ability to fetch and retrieve objects, pull doors open (or closed) and push buttons on command has helped me in countless situations. I should also mention that his companionship has improved my quality of life not only physically but emotionally. It starts with his visit to my bedside first thing in the morning and ends with a final visit to my bedside just before we go to sleep. Just knowing he's nearby is a huge thing for someone in my situation. We are truly thankful to have him as part of our family."
Tim with Yack

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Tamara Glanville Raises Her Sixth Puppy for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind

Not many dogs can say they have been to Parliament Hill, and even fewer to the top of the Peace Tower. This is just one unique place where guide dog puppies in training have been. Tamara Glanville is raising her sixth puppy for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the pups she has raised have been inside places such as hockey arenas, museums, restaurants, airports, the gym, and posh resorts, like Fairmont Chateau Montebello.

Tamara says, “We, sometimes, think that we decided to be puppy walkers (raisers) for selfish reasons. As a couple who have never been tied down with obligations of children or pets, we did not want to get a dog only to find out that it did not fit our lifestyle”. Tamara decided the commitment of twelve to eighteen months was a more reasonable timeframe. There have been breaks in between, but now more than eight years later, puppy number six, Frances, has been living with Tamara, and her partner Dickon, since September 2017.

One of most frequent comments you hear as a puppy raiser is ‘I would do that, but I could never give back the puppy’. Of course, that is non-negotiable, but for Tamara, it is an experience she has been through several times. “Giving back the dogs is usually sad. I love the little puppies and getting another pup to train is the best way to get over giving them back. I also found that having an overlap in dogs can be an interesting and exciting venture”.

Raising a puppy for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is fun and rewarding, but can also, at times, be challenging. Tamara says, “One of the challenges is the patience required. Each pup has a unique personality. I had some stubborn pups, but I can’t stay annoyed when they are just so adorable.”

The greatest reward is knowing the puppy you are raising could one day provide complete independence to a Canadian who is blind or visually impaired and waiting for a guide dog. However, Tamara has a very honest answer about the reward of giving back. “I knew I was doing a wonderful thing when I realized how much I smile when I have a puppy in my home. I know I should say that it is knowing that I am helping to give a person their freedom, but my smiles are much more tangible for me.”

According to Tamara, this very special volunteer job takes someone who is patient, consistent, loving and caring. Timing is also important. “The idea of being a puppy walker had been in the back of my mind for years until we felt the time was right. Sometimes the hesitation people have is their yard or a current pet. I love being able to take the puppies with me when I run errands or to meetings. It sparks many conversations, and it is nice to always have a companion.”

New puppy raisers are required now in the following areas only: Ottawa and Eastern Ontario through to the eastern Greater Toronto Area. If you are interested, contact us for further information.


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…

Troy Brazeau was a volunteer for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind for fourteen years. He passed away on June 16, 2018. Troy spent countless hours behind the wheel, driving clients and dogs to various destinations locally and at great distances. He also helped with fundraising events in any way he could, always with a smile and cheerfulness. He will be greatly missed by everyone in the organization. Our condolences are offered to Troy’s family.

Audrey Burleton was a volunteer for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind from 1994-2007. She was a familiar face at our fundraising events. Audrey passed away on April 18, 2018. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family.

David Inkpen was a long-time volunteer in Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Donation Dog Program. He worked at MT&T for 38 years, retiring as Vice-President of Finance. It was during his working tenure that he became a volunteer for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind through his affiliation with the Telephone Pioneers of America. David volunteered for many organizations of which we were just one. He was a thoughtful and caring man who helped whenever he could. We offer condolences to David’s family.

Beverley Knight passed away in Orillia, Ontario on April 18, 2018. Bev was a client of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. She received her first guide dog, Wiggins, in 1997. Her latest guide dog was Zabba. Bev was pleased with all three of her dogs who were perfect matches for her, but the dog in the middle was appropriately named Happy, describing Bev perfectly. We offer condolences to Bev’s family.

Nancy Mitchell passed away on May 17, 2018. Nancy was a past volunteer for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, helping in whatever capacity needed. She was usually ‘behind the scenes’ helping on various projects. Nancy was always pleasant and sweet and keen to help. We offer condolences to Nancy’s family.

Our Dogs…

Glacier, my retired guide dog, was born in December 2006 and worked as a guide dog starting in May 2009. She passed away on June 13, 2018 and will be sadly missed by me and all who knew her.
Anna Vimini

It is with great sadness we had to say goodbye to our wonderful princess! You were a wonderful guide dog for Hugh and a faithful and loving companion to all of us! We will miss you! RIP xoxo. In Kandy's memory please make a donation to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Hugh & Val Saunderson

On a gray, rainy day in June we saw Lottie off on her journey to dog heaven. To be more precise, she was Lottie II, but to those of us who knew and loved her this yellow Lab was definitely one of a kind. My sincere thanks to the Wasiak family, who raised this intelligent and mischievous puppy, and to the Pratts, who gave my first working dog such a good home in her retirement. Lottie was a joy and a gift, and we will miss her always. Well done, good and faithful guide dog.
Jen Goulden

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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 an indigo coloured t-shirt with red paw prints on the front and our name on the left breast. The back of the t-shirt had our name and more paw prints. T-shirts are available in sizes small to double xl and sell for twenty-two dollars.

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.

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

Our Nordic Toque is perfect for winter and sells for twenty dollars. They are black. The Nordic Toque is the toque with strings that hang down on the sides and tie beneath the chin.

Pawtectors Dog Boots will protect your pooch’s paws in winter. They are available in sizes medium and large and sell for twenty dollars per pair.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind sweatshirts come in navy blue. They are solid in colour, except for our logo in white on the front left breast. Sweatshirts are available in sizes small to double xl and sell for thirty 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


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This concludes Side by Side, the 2018 Fall/Winter edition, Volume 33, Number 2.