Side by Side
Spring Summer 2017
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Welcome to Side by Side, the official newsletter of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. This is the Spring/Summer 2017 edition, Volume 32, 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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The following litters were born from September 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017:

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

Rubee, black Lab, female, bred to Ullman, black Lab, male

Gabrielle, black Lab, female, bred to George 3, black Lab, male

Sage, yellow Lab, female, bred to Rufus 3, yellow 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, from September 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017:

Jamine Ackert, Cheryl Allan, Richard Allan, Karrie Becher, David Bennitz, Tina Bernier, Maxime Bilodeau, Candy Campbell, Taren Carroll, Sophie Chartrand, Ray Chodura, Warren Chow, Shelley Coleman, Jill Collicott, Laura Dallas, Brent Diefenbacher, Jim Garrah, Bruce Gernon, Janet Gibson, Tamara Glanville, Erin Greco, Diane Holleman, Michelle Knight, Nathalie Lachance, John Lahey, Sophie Lauro, Janet Lavern, Diane Lyon, Sharon Mattice, David Nash, Erin Nichols, Judit Petenyi, Scot Ramsay, Brittany Reid, Fritz Schmidt, Luba Schmidt, Linda Senzilet, Kim Sheehan, Stephanie Siddall, Deb Smith, Shelagh Smith, Greg Teckles, Julie Tricarico, Yumi Wagner, Christina Walker, Lorraine Weisenberger. |


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 2016:

Thirty years of volunteering:
Cecile Ritchie, Ottawa, ON * William Ritchie, Ottawa, ON

Twenty-five years of volunteering:
Jules Bazinet, Cornwall, ON * Bert Hunt, Moose Jaw, SK * Barbara Stewart, Oshawa, ON * George Stewart, Oshawa, ON * Victoria Swinburne-Kennelly, Orleans, ON

Twenty years of volunteering:
Audrey Anderson, Manotick, ON * Nora Donaldson, Newmarket, ON * Catherine Dunlop-Farris, Ottawa, ON * Alma Zogalo, Holland Landing, ON

Fifteen years of volunteering:
Mary Jane Binks, Ottawa, ON * Tim Devries, Brantford, ON * Joy Ficko, Manotick, ON * Bertha Harrison, Winnipeg, MB * Mavis Legacy, Simcoe, ON * Bryan Mehlenbacher, Ayr, ON

Ten years of volunteering:
Valerie Ardill, Holland Landing, ON * Sandy Baird, Burlington, ON * Tina Bernier, Stittsville, ON * John Deheer, Woodstock, ON * Les Drigan, Sault Ste. Marie, ON * Daniel Gervais, Rockland, ON * Janice Hickman, Chesterville, ON * Ralph Miller, Renfrew, ON * Dawn Sturmey, Campbell River, BC * Vivian Sutherland, New Glasgow, NS

Five years of volunteering:
Cheryl Allan, Perth, ON * Richard Allan, Perth, ON * Bob Brewer, Miramichi, NB * Warren Chow, Port Coquitlam, BC * Pauline Crowder, Smiths Falls, ON * Cathryn Davidson, Smiths Falls, ON * Kim De Angelis-Canning, Kanata, ON * Paula Dominie, Port Aux Basques, NL * George Genereux, Gravenhurst, ON * Bruce Gernon, Surrey, BC * Larry Horton, Paris, ON * Genevieve Iwata, Surrey, BC * Ronald LaPlante, Sudbury, ON * Rose McFarlane, Port Moody, BC * Nedra Park, Bradford, ON * Jennifer Pfeifer, Ottawa, ON * Maria Price, Delta, BC * Mike Price, Delta, BC * Carrie Ramsay, Aurora, ON * Justin Rinn, London, ON * Mary Sears Sterling, Moncton, NB * Debra Smith, Ajax, ON * Patricia Stevenson, Niagara Falls, ON * Elaine Wat, Kanata, ON * Dennis Winch, Peterborough, ON * Ron Wood, Ottawa, ON * Valerie Yee, Victoria, BC


Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind current Board of Directors includes the following members:

Heather E. Skuce, Chair
Edward K. Mann, Vice-Chair
Ronald Burns, Secretary
William Wolfenden, Treasurer
Mary Jane Binks, Director
Marilyn Guty, Director
Jane E. Thornton, Director

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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” Program
Bayer Healthcare Animal Health
Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.
Canada Summer Jobs 2016
Elanco Animal Health Canada
Merck Canada Inc.
Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada


Our temporary pup and future guide dog
By Erin Greco

Our family thought about raising a puppy for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind for a while. One reason was that we wanted to help someone who would need a guide dog, but another was to see if a dog could fit into our crazy life. Our hesitation was that we weren’t sure we had the time for a dog. Also, we weren’t sure we could give the dog back once we were done puppy walking. After our kids got older and they decided they could think of the puppy as their temporary puppy, we decided to go for it.

In January 2016 we welcomed Elanco into our home; a sweet black puppy, a cross between a golden retriever and Labrador retriever. Never having a dog as an adult, it was a bit of a learning curve, especially for our cat. We all adjusted fairly quickly to each other, except for the cat. She’s still not convinced! Elanco and I have learned a lot from each other over the past ten months. My fitness has definitely improved. He’s obviously very concerned about my health and ensures that he walks me at least twice a day, whether I want to or not. I’ve mostly convinced him that leaves aren’t food or toys, even when they fly around his face. I’ve learned that he would be really bad at poker because he has a very obvious guilty face when he has a hair clip, a rock, a tissue, or a sock - his favorite.

Being new to puppy/dog care, I was really happy to have a great support system at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. I received answers to my questions, obedience training, no vet bills, free dog food and free boarding. Obviously, there was still all the day-to-day care of a puppy that had to happen, but some of the decision making and work was definitely alleviated. The training hasn’t been too onerous but sometimes it’s like taking a toddler to the store. At first I was nervous about taking him into places so I started with a bank, which was the easiest place I could think of, and worked up to harder places, like pet stores. We’ve gone from the toddler stage where I had to watch him all the time to make sure he wasn’t eating random stuff (pretty much anything on the floor), and as fast a shopping trip as possible, to a full on trudge around the store to fill the grocery cart up for a long weekend at a cottage. He’s been on the bus, to high schools, a museum, a movie theatre, water polo games, soccer games, coffee shops, restaurants, and the list goes on. He gets bored on occasion (really, who doesn’t) but is generally just happy to be with us wherever we go. Everyone at all the places we’ve gone have been really accommodating and happy to be contributing to his socialization.

One side benefit of puppy walking is that I get to meet a lot of people. It is mostly because Elanco is really handsome in his jacket, but also because people want to know about the training and my role. The two most common questions I get asked are: “Does he like working?” and “How are you going to be able to give him up?” Given all the wagging of his tail when he sees me get his jacket before we head out, he doesn’t seem to view it as work and is pretty happy to be coming with me rather than getting left behind because he can go where ‘regular’ dogs can’t. As for how can we give him up; it will definitely be hard but we call him our temporary dog on purpose to remind ourselves that we are lucky to be able to love him for 12-18 months before he gets a permanent owner to assist and to love him. While we don’t think we could fit a permanent dog into our life right now, we are happy having our temporary dog to love for now and know he will be well prepared to leave the nest, just like the human teenagers we have at home, once our puppy walking job is done.

Editor’s Note:
Since Erin submitted this article, Elanco has moved into our formal training program at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is always seeking volunteers to act as puppy raisers. You must be willing to take a dog into your home for 12-18 months, have an active lifestyle, take the puppy nearly everywhere you go, have a vehicle to attend veterinary appointments, and be open to training instruction. You can learn more and sign up for an information session on the program by contacting Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind at 613-692-7777 or email

Please note this program is active only in the following areas: Ottawa, Ontario; Greater Toronto Area; Eastern Ontario.

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This page features a recap of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind’s recent events.

Ottawa River Riders and Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers hosted the 28th annual Guide Dog Run, a charity motorcycle ride, in support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The day included a 200-kms. ride throughout Eastern Ontario, followed by a BBQ and lots of prizes. Participants had all brands of motorcycles in the ride and the 152 motorcyclists raised nearly $3,000 towards the training of guide dogs.

Winrose Animal Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba held their second annual Hallowscream Party on Friday, October 28, 2016. The event featured a costume contest for four legged and two legged friends, plus a bake sale and Halloween pet photos, with all proceeds to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind participated in two Santa Claus Parades in 2016; in Kanata, Ontario and Manotick, Ontario. Our third parade, in Barrhaven, Ontario was cancelled, due to a winter storm packing 17-centimetres of snow and high winds. Even Santa couldn’t convince Rudolph to get him there.

Many yummy treats were sold at our annual Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale. The annual event was held on December 3, 2016. Thanks to our amazing volunteers for contributing their time and talent and donating all the goodies for the bake sale.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind held gift wrapping fundraisers during December 2016 at our National Training Centre, plus at Place d’Orléans shopping centre in Ottawa. Thank you to Place d’Orléans for hosting us in the gift wrapping kiosk and to all of our amazing volunteers who covered a total of 25 days in the mall wrapping gifts for shoppers in Ottawa’s east end.

Pet Food ‘n More hosted Pet Photos with Santa and conducted fundraising activities at all seven of their stores in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver area) of British Columbia. We thank Santa and his friends at Pet Food ‘n More for the incredible support again in December 2016. Pet Food ‘n More staff presented a cheque for $27,151.39 to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Walker Bruce Gernon, with Taiga II, a guide dog in training.

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Join us for our 2017 events. More information is available on our website at, but here is a listing of some of our featured events:

Saturday, April 29 Ottawa New Horizons Jazz Band Concert, Orchard View, Ottawa, ON

Monday, May 15 Dining in the Dark, Chances R, Ottawa, ON

Sunday, May 29 Dollar$ for Dog$ Fundraising Walk, Andrew Haydon Park, Ottawa, ON

Saturday, June 3 Doors Open Ottawa, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, Manotick, ON

Sunday, June 25 Nine & Dine Golf Fun Day & Lobster Dinner, Canadian Golf Club, Ashton, ON

Sunday, July 23 UK Day Garden Party & Tea, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, Manotick, ON

Thursday, August 3 CGDB Open Tour Day, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, Manotick, ON


Congratulations to Gale Bryant of Smiths Falls, Ontario, the winner of our 2016 WestJet raffle. Gale purchased one of our $20 tickets and was the lucky winner of the draw held on December 30, 2016. Gale was presented with a “Gift of Flight” voucher by Jane Thornton, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. C.O.O. The voucher is good for a return trip for two to any WestJet destination, including all taxes and fees. Thank you for WestJet to their incredible support. The “Gift of Flight” was donated outright so that Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind would receive 100% of the funds. Thanks, also, to everyone who purchased a ticket for the raffle!

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind held a fundraising raffle for 100 level seats and parking for the Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game on January 14, 2017 in Ottawa. Bill McDonald, Agent, The Co-operators, Manotick, Ontario, made the draw, along with Jane Thornton, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind C.O.O. Congratulations to our winner, Angela Faruki, of Brampton, Ontario. Our thanks to Bill McDonald for his generous donation of the ticket package to support Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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Rick Farndon knew people in his city with guide dogs. When the Kingston, Ontario resident started thinking of applying for a guide dog, he listened to those people, as they told him they were very happy with their dogs, the training they received, and the aftercare visits from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Rick’s next step was to do his own investigating. He made the ninety-minute drive to Manotick, to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, and attended an open house event at the Training Centre. Rick had the opportunity to meet with several long-time guide dog users and learned what guide dogs had done for them. They answered his questions, and Rick was extremely impressed with all the Instructors and staff that he met. “They were very friendly and understood my concerns”, says Rick. “I am, to this day, very happy with my decision.”

“My first guide dog, Whiley II, restored a lot of the freedoms that I had to give up when my vision decreased.” Whiley II worked through to retirement. Upon Whiley’s retirement, Rick was able to train with and receive his second guide dog, Owen, in 2014. Luckily, Rick was also able to keep Whiley at home, as his wife took responsibility for Whiley, so that Rick could focus on his new guide dog. Unfortunately, Whiley passed away in 2016. However, Rick continues to live an active lifestyle thanks to Owen.

“Traveling independently is very important to me as well as going to meetings and courses that I enjoy. With a guide dog, I can travel at night, which was always very difficult while using a White Cane. I don’t have to worry about getting home before dark.”

Owen, and Whiley before him, remove the frustration of hitting and getting around obstacles such as store tent signs, cars parked across sidewalks, and anything else that is in Rick’s path. Rick says, “He (Owen) is a wonderful companion and, together with my wife, we spend a lot of fun time together. Although I cannot run along streets or sidewalks alone anymore, Owen enables me to go on long, fast walks and we do it every day the weather permits. Owen can take me to most places like the bank, medical appointments, and meetings.”

The one thing Rick thinks the public should realize about guide dogs is that even the best, most experienced dogs, can get distracted. “Some people think that since they had dogs ‘all their lives’ they have some right to come and play with him. This doesn’t happen often but it seems to happen when I need him to concentrate the most, at places like a bus transfer terminal when you sometimes have only seconds to find your bus before it pulls away. Once distracted, it is frustrating to have to deal with the person and get my dog to refocus. These are the times my polite, educated demeanour is stretched to the limit.”

Rick has high praises for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. “What a wonderful organization you have in Manotick to produce dogs like Whiley and Owen.”


Kids Rock!

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

Keller House Dog Day is an annual event held at Elmwood School in Rockcliffe Park in Ottawa, to raise funds for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Students take their pet dogs to the school and participate in activities such as an agility course, shown here. The 24th annual event took place on September 24, 2016. Thanks to Head of Keller House, Sheetza McGarry for her efforts in organizing the event for this school year.

On January 30, 2017, Anne Laws, a volunteer puppy raiser for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, paid a visit to Bishop Hamilton Montessori School in Ottawa to introduce the children to Crispin, and teach a little about raising a puppy and Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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Client Profile – Kaitlin Bowser and Jax II

Kaitlin Bowser and Jax became an official assistance dog team on August 28, 2015. Kaitlin remembers the specific date well. “I’ve had the support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and, from our first meeting, I’ve had Jax’s support. He is truly special; one of the sweetest, steadiest dogs you would ever meet. With Jax by my side, I feel safe. I have the confidence to pursue a more independent life. He gives me a purpose and a reason to get up every day. I cannot thank everyone involved in the process enough”.

Kaitlin was born with cerebral palsy, which affected her motor skills, walking and balance. Kaitlin says, “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”.

Luckily for Kaitlin, Jax loves to work. On the rare occasions, she cannot take Jax with her somewhere, such as when she is sedated at the pain clinic, Jax is certain there must be a mistake and acts as if he is questioning why Kaitlin is going somewhere without him. Both of them look forward to good weather, when they can take long walks, with Kaitliln using her power wheelchair. This is especially true after long winters, awaiting spring to get out more and for Jax to explore all the sights, sounds and smells.

Kaitlin is a student at Carleton University. “Jax enjoys going to classes at Carleton. He things we go to Carleton for the long walks in the tunnels in the winter. Class is just a nap time for him.”

Assistance dogs have a unique role, by performing their job in public places as well as inside the home. Kaitlin says, “When I take his vest off at home, he will still respond to whatever I ask him to do, but he also knows he is free to be a dog. You can tell when he’s really happy because his tail wags so fast it looks like a windmill in storm. When we return home from working, my retired assistance dog, Celeste, greets Jax with a lick on the nose to thank him for taking care of me”.

“Although having an assistance dog is the best decision for me, it is a big commitment. As much as I depend on Jax, he also depends on me. I am responsible for his health and well-being. It is easy to give love and affection, but he also needs exercise, boundaries and discipline. It is important to keep up with training exercises long after becoming a team so that he and I continue to function well together. For me, having a support network, which includes Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, is crucial. Jax is loved by many people. I cannot wait to have many more adventures Jax by my side.”


Join Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind for Dollars for Dogs, our thirty-third annual fundraising walk on Sunday, May 28, 2017. The walk is open to anyone and their dog. Of course, guide dogs and assistance dogs are encouraged to attend with their handlers, but anyone can attend with their pet dog too. Raise pledges in advance and help raise funds for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. If you live outside of Ottawa, you can still walk in your own community. Visit our website at for more information. You can also set up an online profile and raise pledges using our online system to solicit pledges from your contacts by email or through social media. Join us for this family fun day with your dog. Thanks to our sponsors: Personal Touch Courier; Moncion’s Your Independent Grocer; M&M Food Market Manotick; Jewel 98.5; Smith Petrie Carr & Scott Insurance Brokers Ltd.; and Nestle Purina PetCare Canada.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind operates solely through donations. There are several ways you can contribute.

Pre-authorized debits:
Arrange for automatic monthly withdrawals from your bank account on the first business day of the month. You’ll 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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Dennis Sheppard was sixteen when he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. At the time, the Newfoundland native had lost about fifty percent of his eyesight, before it stabilized.

Dennis finished high school and went on to complete a higher education, training as a carpenter and, with partial sight, working for a number of years in house framing and industrial construction in Newfoundland, Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia.

In more recent years, Dennis has been unable to work at all. In 2003, his disease, once again, flared and he lost total sight in his left eye. He still had partial sight in his right eye, but that decreased gradually over the years.

In late 2014, Dennis was left with just one to two percent vision. Dennis says, “It was just enough to know it was night or day”. He awoke in darkness one morning and was completely blind. Occasionally, he would have flashes of light, colours and vision, which gave him a slight hope that his sight would return. In the spring of 2015, those random colour and vision flashes stopped too, and he was completely in the dark.

As the loss of his sight was gradual, Dennis had been continually learning to adapt, but the total loss of sight created more challenges. “Oh my God, it’s very frustrating”, says Dennis. “It’s the part of learning to do the day-to-day things, learning to do everything all over again. It’s starting from scratch”.

With a determination and great support from his family, Dennis doesn’t let blindness keep him down. He says, “If you give up, that’s it. The most important part is staying positive”.

Dennis joined the Lark Harbour (Newfoundland) Town Council in 2014. He always had an interest in politics and liked the community aspect of it. Sometimes his lack of sight can be frustrating while being a part of the council and dealing with town issues, but he learns as he goes and has the full support of the council and town employees.

Dennis applied to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and was lucky enough to get a call in April 2016 notifying him that a dog had been matched with him. He traveled to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and participated in the four-week residential training course in May 2016, when he received Kenzie, a two-and-a-half year old black Labrador retriever.

Kenzie is a very intelligent dog and can also be playful, but when the harness is on, it’s all about the work.

“Day-to-day life has been an enormous difference”, says Dennis. “Getting out and interacting with the community and being able to have the freedom to be out around the community”.


Commemorate the life of a pet or loved one with the purchase of an engraved brick on the Guide Dog Founders’ Brick Path at the National Training Centre of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind in Manotick (Ottawa), Ontario. Your brick will be engraved with the inscription of your choice. After engraving takes place, you can walk along our path, see your brick, and enjoy our fragrant garden anytime spring through autumn.

Bricks also make terrific gifts for any occasion, especially when someone’s dog or other pet passes away. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind appreciates your support. Order forms for bricks can be found on our website at or phone us at (613) 692-7777.

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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 a TY Beanie Baby named Rufus. This plush dog comes with an exclusive Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind guide dog in training jacket. We also have a wider selection of Beanie Babies available, which sell for twelve dollars each.

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.

Our name is featured on a gel pen and keychain flashlight set. Multiple colours are available at a price of five dollars.

Our duffle bags with our logo sell for twenty dollars. Duffle bags are red. They are great for carrying items, but when not in use fold down into a square for easy transport.

Baseball caps come in various colours, including navy. Our caps feature a small black Lab face and our name on the front. Baseball caps are twenty dollars.

Finally, we are featuring a notelet, which is a greeting card with no message inside, good for any occasion. Our card features eight Labrador retriever puppies on the front of the card, five yellow and three black. Cards are sold in packages of ten, with envelopes included. They are ten 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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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 Only submitted tributes are published.

Our People…
Daniel Curry
Daniel Curry was a volunteer for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind from 2003-2014. He passed away on January 19, 2017 at 86 years of age. Daniel was a Bell Canada retiree, a dog lover, and volunteered whenever needed for us and many others. His most prominent role with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was as a volunteer driver. We offer condolences to Daniel’s family.

Harvey Frankel
Harvey Frankel passed away on March 3, 2017. Harvey will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Harvey was a past client of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, using a guide dog from 2006-2016.

Esther Gallant
Esther Gallant passed away in the fall of 2016. Esther was a client of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, having two dogs from the organization, the last one paired with her in 2014. Esther was a familiar face in her neighbourhood in Kelowna, British Columbia. We offer our condolences to all those who knew Esther.

Joan “Joanie” Hughson
Joanie Hughson died peacefully at home in Knowlton, Quebec, on December 17, 2016, with her family by her side. She was an outgoing and vivacious woman who was active until the last few months of her life. Joanie was a former member of the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Advisory Board. We offer our condolences to Joanie’s family.

Peter Platt
Peter Platt passed away peacefully on October 12, 2016. Peter, who lived in Orleans, Ontario was a retired Ottawa Police Constable and had an assistance dog named “Kiche”, from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. We offer our condolences to Catherine and family.

Our Dogs…
Whiley II
We remember the life of Whiley II, who passed away suddenly in December of 2016, just shy of age 14. He was my first guide dog and he opened up a life that I thought was lost. Smart, energetic, dependable and full of spirit guiding me, he remained devoted even in retirement. His wonderful spirit affected everyone he met. My whole family feel very fortunate that we were chosen to have him. He will be in our thoughts always
Rick Farndon


Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind 2018 Calendar

Vickie Reynolds, a retired transit driver in Brockville, Ontario, has been a puppy walker for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind since February 2013. One of the dogs she fostered, Kaia, was featured on the cover of the 2017 Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind calendar. “She’s the cover girl for the 2017 calendar”, said a proud and ecstatic Vickie, when asked about it last fall. Vickie spent much time bragging about Kaia being on the cover since she first found out in late October. Vickie had friends who took photos of Kaia at St. Lawrence Park in Brockville.

If you are a puppy walker, boarder or client of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, please feel free to submit dog photos to us for consideration for our 2018 calendar.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is now accepting photo submissions for our 2018 calendar.

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, 2016 and June 30, 2017

• Photos must be generic – no names, people, toys, bones, 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, 2017. Winners will receive a complimentary copy of the 2018 calendar.

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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 2017 Spring Summer edition, Volume 32, Number 3.