Side by Side
Spring/Summer 2019
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Welcome to Side by Side, the official newsletter of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. This is the Spring/Summer 2019 edition, Volume 34, Number 21.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is celebrating our 35th Anniversary in 2019.

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


Puppy Walking and Breeding Program:

The following litters were born from September 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019:

Parade, yellow Labrador, bred to Yarley, black Labrador male
Tikka, golden retriever, female, bred to Sapo, golden retriever, male
Clara, black Labrador, female, bred to Everest, black Labrador, male
Vanilla 2, yellow Labrador, female, bred to Noah 2, yellow Labrador, male
Maddie 2, yellow Labrador, female, bred to Nero 2, golden retriever, black Labrador cross, 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, September 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019:

Karen Bailey, Tina Bernier, Margaret Daub, Terryll Devin, Joy & Art Ficko, Beverley Hamblin, Amanda Marshall-Cheng, Carmela Parent, Janet Tobio, Debra Smith

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…

Keith McDonald
Keith McDonald passed away on March 23, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. Keith was very well recognized in the community of Renfrew, Ontario. It seems ‘everyone knew Keith’, along with his guide dog, whatever dog that happened to be over the years. Keith received his first guide dog, Que, from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind in 1996. His latest was Flora II, who graduated with Keith in October 2018. We offer our condolences to Lynnda, Keith’s wife of 45 years, and his daughter Christie-Ann. Keith was a great ambassador for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Nancy Murphy
Nancy Murphy was a woman of extraordinary strength and courage, battling a variety of medical issues in her life with the steady help of her constant companion, beloved and loyal friend and guide dog, Hattie. According to Nancy’s sister, Hattie often used to say Hattie was more like a daughter that Nancy never had. Hattie would always bring a smile to Nancy’s face, and we will certainly miss Nancy’s smile.

Alma Zogalo
Alma Zogalo volunteered in our “Guider” Donations Dogs Program for an incredible twenty-three years. Alma started volunteering for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind as a proud member of the Telephone Pioneers of Canada, first as an employee and then retiree of Bell Canada. The service club folded, but Alma continued to volunteer for many years thereafter with her loyal group in Newmarket, Ontario. Alma was not shy to share her opinions about politics and current events, which, at times, could be entertaining. However, it was her incredible heart and willingness to help others that our organization appreciated the most. We will miss her dearly.

Our Dogs…

Gala II
In Memory of Gala II. “That tail never stopped thumping”. March 19, 2004 – May 3, 2018. Frances Hunsley and Toby Tucker had the honour and privilege to bless Gala with her retirement years. They were full of love, joy and wonder. Her working years with Harvey filled both their lives with love, dedication and magic. Gala is dearly missed by all who loved and cared for her.
Forever Loved, never forgotten.
Frances and Toby

Our beloved Westley died peacefully after a brief illness on January 5, 2019, nine days short of his thirteenth birthday. After his retirement Westley was rehomed to us in the summer of 2016, and we soon grew to love this joyful, fun-loving, reliable and devoted black Lab. Whether on one of his many daily walks, enjoying a ride in the car, or playing with his squeaky toys, his charm and character were evident to all he met. Our time with Westley passed much too quickly, but memories of our wonderful "Labrador-able" will be treasured in our hearts until we meet again.
G & S Hagar

Zippy and Zoya
Retired Mom to 15 CGDB puppies, Zoya, and her brother, Zippy, a.k.a. “The Z’s”, both passed away September 7, 2018 following a sudden illness. Zoya’s nurturing, loving and serious nature was complemented by Zippy’s quirky, adventurous and investigative nature. We were so very blessed to share our home with these sweet and gentle souls for 11+ years. They are missed each and every day. Our broken hearts are comforted knowing our beloved Z’s are together forever! RIP Zippy and Zoya.
Judy and Garry Charette


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.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is now accepting photo submissions for our 2020 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, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
• 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 or device to its largest setting and send us the original size photo.

Landscape photos only please
*A resolution of 300dpi is usually necessary for printing. If your photos are lower resolution, 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, 2019 or shared via DropBox. Please send the dog’s name with all photos. Winners will receive a complimentary copy of the 2020 calendar.


Canine Ambassador at Fairmont Empress is spreading smiles

The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia has a greeter who is winning hearts and spreading smiles. Winston, three parts yellow Lab and one part golden retriever, officially started his role as a canine ambassador in January 2019. Winston was bred and raised by Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. He spent a short time in formal training to be a guide dog before he decided it wasn’t for him. Winston was a little too friendly and social to be a guide dog, but his disposition made him perfect for his eventual role. Winston’s job now is greeting guests, giving kids a friendly paw, and soothing stressed travelers. He loves humans and other dogs, and knows the lobby is his “office”. When he’s not at work, Winston lives with Jess Pearce, the hotel’s Director of Food and Beverage. Tracey Drake of the Fairmont Empress says that bringing a dog into the hotel aligns with its corporate philosophy of incorporating wellness and community into the ‘modern traveler mindset’.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has partnered with nine Fairmont Hotels in Canada, with the resort hotels taking in dogs that have gone through a ‘career change’.

Named after one of Fairmont Empress’ most famous guests, Winston Churchill, you can follow Winston’s adventures on his own Instagram page.

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Thank you to our volunteers who reached milestones in 2018.

Thirty years of volunteering:
Roy Grogan

Twenty-five years of volunteering:
Joyce Acciaroli, Red Deer, AB * Earl Hilton, Bracebridge, ON * Dee Mills, Lethbridge, AB * Stan Mills, Lethbridge, AB * Debi Weldon, Vancouver, BC

Twenty years of volunteering:
Marg Allan, St. Catharines, ON * Nicole Boudria, L’Orignal, ON * Anita Brunger, Greely, ON * Charles Brunger, Greely, ON * Dave Gartner, Saskatoon, SK * Bruce Raby, Perth, ON * Hugh Saunderson, Nepean, ON * Val Saunderson, Nepean, ON * Dave Stinson, Richmond, ON * Eileen Thomas, Nepean, ON * Blair West, Saskatoon, SK

Fifteen years of volunteering:
Craig Aucoin, Pictou, NS * Jean Beveridge, Kars, ON * Sheldon Beveridge, Kars, ON * Ronald Burns, Ottawa, ON * Bob Court, Calgary, AB * Johanna Cutts, Carp, ON * Merrill Cutts, Carp, ON * Jim Garrah, Gananoque, ON * Lynda Garrah, Gananoque, ON * Jackie MacKinnon, Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC

Ten years of volunteering:
Rose Ainsworth, Almonte, ON * Barry Bourassa, Ottawa, ON * Lise Bourassa, Ottawa, ON * Maria Buchanan, Edmonton, AB * Sharon Farndon, Kingston, ON * Pam Harding, St. Lazare, QC * Janet Hughson, Ottawa, ON * Jennifer Laird, Harrowsmith, ON * Fred Larkin, Dartmouth, NS * Connie Lattanzio, Pierrefonds, QC * Mary Meisner, St. Catharines, ON * Jenny Mills, Sherwood Park, AB * Livvie Scott, Manotick, ON * Bernice Vincent, Ottawa, ON

Five years of volunteering:
Barbara Annas, Ottawa, ON * Monique Beamish, Greely, ON * Karrie Becher, Chelsea, QC * Diana Caldwell, Nackawic, NB * Candy Campbell, Morrisburg, ON * Peter Campbell, Morrisburg, ON * Judy Chretien, Port Hope, ON * Margaret Daub, Deep River, ON * Deanne Donohue, Kanata, ON * Tanya Doucet, Sydney, NS * Bev Furniss, Ottawa, ON * David Green, Nepean, ON * Carol Johnson, Newmarket, ON * Michelle Knight, Kanata, ON * Sophie Lauro, Victoria, BC * Henry Maday, Red Deer, AB * Sheila Maday, Red Deer, AB * Jennifer McLean, Nepean, ON * Frances Moreau, Midland, ON * Ray Moreau, Midland, ON * Ron Morehouse, Nackawic, NB * Carmela Parent, Ottawa, ON * Barbara Pearce, Peterborough, ON * Carole Pinard, Deep River, ON * Vickie Reynolds, Brockville, ON * Nancy Shaw, Courtice, ON * Lillian Stillar, Whitby, ON * Ted Stillar, Whitby, ON * Janet Tobio, Arnprior, ON


You can help us anywhere in Canada! Attention store managers and owners: Place a donation dog in your store and help us to provide guide dogs to individuals in your community who are blind and visually impaired. Contact us to get started or for more information. 613-692-7777 or email

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Puppy Raising – “It was pretty emotional but so rewarding”
By Vanessa Lloyd

My role with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is a puppy walker or ‘puppy raiser’. This means I have puppies living in my home for 12-18 months. I raise the puppy, teach obedience and socialization and expose the puppy to different life experiences. The puppy goes pretty much everywhere with me; to restaurants, shopping, appointments, shows, events, camping and even to work with my husband. Dottie is the current puppy I am raising. The first puppy I raised is named Breeze II, and she was with me for thirteen months. Breeze is now a fully trained guide dog for a woman in Owen Sound, Ontario. One of the questions I frequently am asked is, ‘How do you give up the puppy?’ For the first year, I had to admit, “I don't know!” When it came time for Breeze to leave, I tried to treat it as a celebration and graduation. We had a going away party attended by seven of her dog friends, and I admittedly took pictures of her wearing an old graduation cap. The goodbye was still hard, even though we already had Dottie and still had our pet dog. I really did miss waking up and seeing Breeze shake the entire back half of her body with excitement just at seeing my face. How can you have a bad day when it starts like that? One thing that made it much easier was knowing that she was working on the next stage to becoming a guide dog. Canadian Guide Dogs is great about keeping us updated and provided a progress report, which is still proudly displayed on my fridge. We also got the chance to see Breeze out training. I was out of the country so missed it, but my husband went and reported back to me saying, “She is awesome. I shed a few tears on the way back to work” and he does not cry easily! I made it back to Canada in time for her graduation. We got to see Breeze again and meet the client that she is now living with and guiding. One of the first things the client told us was that she went on an escalator for the first time since she had lost her sight. Breeze was so good at guiding her that she said she felt as confident going on the escalator with Breeze as she did when she could see for herself. I was so proud of Breeze in that moment, and so happy to hear about the difference she was already making. We spent a couple of hours talking about Breeze as a puppy, experiences that she had with us, and also hearing what Breeze will be doing in her new working life and things that the client can now do that she couldn't do alone. It was emotional but so rewarding, and so great to see Breeze happy and attached and already so well loved.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is seeking puppy raisers in the areas of Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and eastern Greater Toronto Area. Contact us for more details.

Vanessa was a guest speaker at Elmwood School in Ottawa and attended with Dottie. Elmwood School in Rockcliffe, Ottawa, was founded in 1915 and is an independent day school for girls. There are approximately 400 students aged 4 to 18. Elmwood students are divided into four Houses, each named after a prominent and inspirational woman in history: Elizabeth Fry, Helen Keller, Florence Nightingale and Cairine Wilson. There has been a long-standing relationship between Elmwood and, specifically, Keller House, and Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Their annual fundraising event, Keller Dog Day, took place on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Just a few days prior, Vanessa spoke at the Elmwood Assembly. Thank you to Stephanie Townsend, Head of Keller House, for all her hard work on the 2018 event, and to all the Elmwood students who helped to raise funds for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.


City of Ottawa Social Services has recognized two canine graduates of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Raised as puppies by volunteers, who work at the City of Ottawa, Lloyd and Harold went on to become working guide dogs. A small meeting room in the Social Services office has been honourably named the Lloyd-Harold Room. The room is typically used for private conversations, debriefing after an event at the office and a quiet place to relax during breaks. The suggestion was put forth by staff members, who said remembering the dogs brought thoughts of calmness to a, sometimes, very hectic environment.


Congratulations to Ralph Miller of Renfrew, Ontario, the winner of our raffle held on December 31, 2018. Ralph won two 100 level seats, plus parking, to see the Ottawa Senators host Minnesota Wild on January 5, 2019. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets.
(Raffle license #M820183)

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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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A day in the life of a guide dog

A guide dog gives you the feeling that you’re not dependent on someone else. You can go on your own, not worry about getting hit by a car or falling into a hole. It’s like ‘seeing without seeing’. I decided to return to university to study theology. 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. 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 wouldn’t have been possible without Lucky or Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and my guide dog's training.
John with Lucky

Toronto can be an intimidating city, especially trying to navigate on your own and using local transit to get around. Every business day, my guide dog and I navigate the Kennedy Subway Station and take the train downtown to my office. It’s amazing that I can take a subway. The fact that I can ask my dog to find steps or an escalator, it’s incredible. She can also help me to find a seat.” Sofie simply does her job. She avoids obstacles and leads me wherever I need to go so that I can continue to lead an active lifestyle. I love the support we receive at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. The care in the matching process is a blessing. The training program is fantastic.
Sharon with Sofie

I travel faster and generally with less worry. Primarily, Xing helps me get to and from the office, which consists of a walk to the bus stop, a short ride on the bus, and then finding the office building. The bus stop is in the middle of a block, so Xing has to find the shelter, which is the exact command, and something he loves to do. At the office, the harness comes off and Xing spends the day trying to coax people into playing fetch with him. But, as soon as it’s time to leave for the day, he’s there, waiting for his harness and delighted to go back to the bus. Like all guide dogs, Xing finds doors, stops at curbs and steps, and helps me get safely from A to B, whether that involves a quick trip to the grocery store, or a longer walk into the heart of downtown. I initially chose Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind because I liked the training centre, which feels very much like a home. I chose to return because over the 9 years that I worked with my first guide dog, the staff were very friendly, and got back to me quickly when I had questions or needed extra training for specific circumstances.
Susan with Xing


Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind trains assistance dogs for individuals with a mobility related disability. Our Assistance Dogs Division provides domiciliary training within a 200-kms radius of Ottawa, Ontario, within Canada.

What can an assistance dog do?

An assistance dog can learn specific tasks tailored to help an individual with a mobility related disability.

Some of the more common tasks can be:
• Pick up dropped items, such as keys, phone or credit card, including items as small as a dime.
• Retrieve items by name or help from a laser pointer if an item name is unfamiliar.
• Assist with pulling off socks, zippers and sleeves.
• Open and close drawers, mainly using ropes tied to the handles.
• Trigger automatic access buttons on doors and elevators.
• Trigger a house alarm and bark to indicate the handler needs help.


The Greely Lions Club in partnership with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind are hosting a dog walk on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:00am, starting from the Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive, Greely, Ontario.

Families and sponsors are invited to contact Lion Heather Chilvers at 613-692-3731 or visit for details. Special thanks to our Gold Sponsors of this event:
Manotick Veterinary Hospital, Cooper Physiotherapy, Global Pet Foods Barrhaven, and MacKinnon’s Foodland Greely.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Events Recap:

The Guide Dog Motorcycle Ride is the longest running ride of its’ kind in Ottawa. Marking its’ 30th annual event on September 9, 2018, the ride included 110 motorcyclists who cruised the 180-kms route through Eastern Ontario, ending the day with a barbecue, door prizes, and the chance to meet some of the dogs at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to raise more than $4,000. We look forward to hosting the event again on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Her Excellency, Sabine Sparwasser, the German Ambassador to Canada, hosted an afternoon cocktail reception at her residence in Ottawa on September 25, 2018 to recognize the work of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. We’d like to thank the Ambassador and her staff for organizing such a wonderful event. The guest of honour was Her Excellency, Kelly Craft, the U.S. Ambassador to Canada. Ambassador Craft agreed to be blindfolded and work a guide dog through an obstacle course.

The 9th annual Toledo Ride-A-Thon took place on October 13, 2018. We are so grateful that the organizers announced Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind as the charity of choice for the second consecutive year. Participation has increased from 32 in the first year, to more than 90 trailers arriving this year, with people and their horses, tacking up for the 25-kilometre ride through the concession roads and sugar bushes. The ride was followed by an amazing meal and plenty of laughs. It was an amazing day and a record year for this event, We thank Lee-Ann, Kelly, their families and all of the amazing volunteers who helped to raise $6,800 for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Events Recap, continued from page/track 8:

Artists of Stonebridge (AOS), in Ottawa, hosted their 9th annual Show and Sale on November 3-4, 2018. Admission to this annual show is by donation, and AOS was kind enough to select Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind as the recipient. Patrons of the show were quite generous and funds were presented by Maureen Jullion and Nicole Parent from Artists of Stonebridge, to Jane Thornton, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind C.O.O. & Co-Founder. We are pleased to announce that AOS has informed us that Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind will be the charity of choice for the event on November 2-3, 2019.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind participated in our hometown Santa Claus Parade in Manotick, Ontario in December, with participants shown here. We were also pleased to be part of the parades in Metcalfe, Smiths Falls, and Stittsville, Ontario.

December 3, 2018 marked our 9th annual Holiday Bake Sale. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who contributed all of the baked goods to raise funds for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Yummy!

Thanks to Place d’Orléans for granting us their kiosk for our annual gift wrapping campaign, which took place at the mall from December 13-24, 2018. We’d also like to thank our amazing volunteers for all the hours spent wrapping gifts.

Here is a listing of some of our upcoming events:

Monday, May 27 – Dining in the Dark at Chances R
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - City of Ottawa 16th annual AccessAbility Day
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Doors Open Ottawa
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - CGDB Nine & Dine Golf Fun Day & Lobster Dinner
Sunday, July 14, 2019 - UK Day Garden Party & Tea
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - Guide Dog Motorcycle Ride
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - Dollar$ for Dog$ Fundraising Walk
***Note our new date. Traditionally on the last Sunday in May, this year we are moving Dollar$ for Dog$ to the fall***
Saturday, September 28, 2019 – Greely Lions Club Walk for Guide Dogs

Visit our events page at for a complete list of upcoming events.

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Hello I’m Mindy. I have ten brothers and sisters who are just like me. We are all being raised to be guide dogs for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. We don’t all live together. We each live with our volunteer Puppy Raisers. Mine takes me out to lots of places, sometimes just to play and meet other friends, and sometimes wearing my guide dog in training jacket to show that I’m learning how to work. When I wear my jacket, I get to go into stores and malls, ride on buses and go to other places most dogs don’t get to go. At home I have a cat named Mouse that I get to play with and human siblings who love to play with me. I also have a dog neighbour who I get to play with in the yard, which I love.

If you can spend most of the day with a puppy, you could get a friend like me. You would get guidance and advice from professionals at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. You need to commit to twelve to eighteen months to take part in the program. Get in touch at (613) 692-7777 or email for more information. Oh, and you have to live in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario or eastern Greater Toronto Area.



What do you do when someone tells you their dog has passed away? An engraved brick is a thoughtful way to show you care, which creates an everlasting memory and gift.

You can purchase a brick in the Guide Dog Founders’ Path & Garden at our National Training Centre in Manotick, Ontario. Then, choose the engraving of your choice on the brick to commemorate a special pet or person in your life, or as a gift for someone else. Order forms are available on our website at or call 613-692-7777 to place an order. Bricks are $75, taxes included.

You can purchase a similar brick to be installed on the Pet Remembrance Patio at Balena Park in Ottawa’s Alta Vista community. For more information on this project you may contact the Riverview Park Community Association at 613-523-4339. These bricks are also $75. For an order form for Balena Park email or look for the Pet Remembrance Patio page at


Win a trip to anywhere WestJet flies, or wherever your heart and imagine lead you!

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is conducting a raffle for a WestJet “Gift of Flight”. You can win a return trip for two people to any scheduled WestJet destination. A maximum of 705 tickets will be sold. Cost is twenty dollars per ticket. The draw is November 29, 2019. The prize of a Gift of Flight has been donated by WestJet with 100% of the proceeds supporting the training of guide dogs and assistance dogs. Flights are from City A to City B and must return from City B to City A – no open jaw bookings. Complete raffle rules are available upon request. Raffle is open to Ontario residents only, 18 or older. License number M820208. Order tickets online at or by phone at 613-692-7777.

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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has a gift shop. In each edition of Side by Side, we feature six items.

Item one:
WestJet Raffle tickets. Complete details about the raffle are on page/track eleven. Raffle tickets are twenty dollars.

Item two:
Create a custom ID Pet Tag for our dog or other pet. Tags are available in various colours with the engraving of your choice, for just six dollars.

Item three:
A canvas tote bag featuring a yellow Lab puppy in a basket. Bags are beige, and great for a reusable bag for many purposes. Tote bags are twenty dollars.

Item four:
We have square notelet cards featuring a head shot of a yellow Labrador retriever. Cards are sold in packages of ten, with envelopes. The cards are blank inside. Packages of cards are twelve dollars.

Item five:
Our latest t-shirt is a light blue shirt, the colour is indigo. The shirt features paw prints in red on the front with Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind on the left breast. T-shirts are available in sizes from small to extra large, and sell for twenty-two dollars.

Item six:
Our baseball caps are red and feature a head shot of a black Labrador retriever puppy on the front. This puppy is our image known as Bogart. Caps are twenty dollars.

All featured item prices include taxes. For mail orders, there is an additional fifteen percent for shipping and handling.

For any merchandise items that are featured, please contact us and we can process an order with a credit card payment by phone. We can also send you a hard copy order form. You can also find some of these items and others in our online gift shop at

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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 2019 Spring/Summer edition, Volume 33, Number 2.