What Can You Learn from a Dog?

Guide dog in harness. Courtesy of Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide dog mom & pups nursing. Courtesy of Guide Dogs for the Blind Guide Dog puppy in training.  Courtesy of Barbara Wells Guide Dog puppy in training.  Courtesy of Barbara Wells Graduation Ceremony Courtesy of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

You recognize a guide dog when you see one, but I bet there are questions you wish you could ask. Meet Barbara Wells, an experienced puppy-raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the 5 month old puppy she is training. Specially bred, and very specially trained, GDB dogs make all the difference for their blind or visually-impaired partners.

Service dogs can be trained to provide a wide range of assistance for their handlers with disabilities. They may serve the hearing impaired, people with balance and movement problems, even our wounded veterans. Their work can make it possible for the person to get to and from a job, or to know in advance that they are likely to have a seizure or diabetic incident. Find out what to look for in a certified service animal and why it is so important not to just dress your pet in a vest and imitate these highly trained animals. Find out about how Barbara teaches this little guy the basics for his future job of leading a blind person through the community, safely and securely.

          Friday, May 9 - 10:30 a.m.    Central Library     Schlessman Hall

NOTE: This May 9 is the 25th Anniversary of the day that Senator Tom Harkin introduced the ADA legislation in the United States Congress.

While you are here, visit the "We Will Ride!" Display at the Information Desk. Learn how people from Denver have had a dramatic impact on the development, passage and implementation of the Americans With Disabilities (ADA) landmark legislation.

And join us for our Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Open House on Saturday, May 17, 9-11 a.m. at the Central Library, Level 4 for a demonstration and a chance to ‘test drive’ our special adaptive equipment. Learn more about our services for persons with disabilities here. Call the Community Technology Center at 720-865-1706 with any questions. View invitation (PDF).

You'll love these great stories about Service Dogs:

True stories -

A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an Autistic Boy and the Dog Who Unlocked His World, by Nuala Gardner

The Angel By My Side: The True Story of a Dog Who Saved a Man...and A Man Who Saved A Dog, by Michael Lingenfelter and David Frei

Comet's Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life, by Steven D. Wolf

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, by Luis Carlos Montalván

Fiction -

Together: A Story of Shared Vision, by Tom Sullivan and Betty White


We have doggone good books available for check out on Level 3. Look for the bright yellow dog sign!

I think Barbara's visit is going to be amazing and fun!!! It'll be great to see the dogs here at Central and to learn about how they're trained. Great job putting this all together Elaine!

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