Southeastern Guide Dogs is doing a great job- It's National Dog Day

Real Estate Agent with Sailwinds Realty

 It’s National Dog Day and I thought I would tell you about some great dogs. Southeastern Guide Dogs trains dogs to help the visually-impaired to be independent through their Paws for Independence program.

Dogs are wonderful companions and can be trained to handle all kinds of jobs to help us. Southeastern Guide Dogs puppies live with foster families from the time they are very young; they are integrated into the family and given all kinds of experiences to start the socialization process.  Southeastern Guide Dogs website is

Southeastern Guide Dogs
Southeastern Guide Dogs
Southeastern Guide Dogs also has a Paws for Patriots Program where dogs are trained to work with visually impaired veterans; veterans assistance, and military facility therapy dogs.

These two trainees were at Crews Lake Park in Hudson, Florida for a ride on the 7.5 in. gage Pasco & Gulf Coast railroad. A noisy and kid-filled ride that helps them adjust to different situations.
Southeastern Guide Dogs
Not all of the puppies make it to Guide Dog status. The ones who don’t, enter the Gifted Canines Program and are used in several other public service areas including the police and military.

Southeastern Guide Dogs
They are located at 4210 77th Street East, Palmetto, Florida 34221. Phone: 941-729-5665. web:  Facebook them here.
Southeastern Guide Dogs is such a worthwhile organization: they are looking for volunteers and sponsors. So why not celebrate National Dog Day by donating to them or to your local shelter; or by adopting a puppy or older dog.

Watch the live puppy cam on the Southeastern Guide Dogs web page:

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

One of our dear celebrity friends is a big animal advocate.  She got one of her dogs at guide dog center, he is a golden lab and was not trainable for those duties.  Her remark to me was, the minute they saw each other, it was love at first sight, for both of them. She is a major supporter of all creatures.

Aug 26, 2011 08:50 AM #1
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Alexandra - that is so nice to hear. I think Goldies are easy to fall in love with. We had a Goldie named Lady (already named when we got her at 14 months). She was more a human than a dog. Always knew what we wanted and what we were up to. I still miss her so I can understand how she feels.

Aug 26, 2011 09:24 AM #2
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Toni, what a great organization, I will be checking out their website. Didn't know this was National Dog Day....I will have to do something special for Zeke, our chocolate lab who is just soooo lovable!!!

Aug 26, 2011 09:39 AM #3
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

That is indeed an amazing organization Toni! Thanks for sharing this information!

Aug 26, 2011 09:50 AM #4
Chris Canfield
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona

Hi Toni - What a great organization.  They are very lucky to have you as an advocate to get the word out, too. 

Aug 26, 2011 10:18 AM #5
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

A great organization that does so much to help our sight impaired.  Good awareness post Toni.

Aug 26, 2011 10:37 AM #6
Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Toni: Two years ago, after 18 years of marriage, my wife finally talked me into getting a dog. For those who are hesitating doing so, don't wait! I missed out on many years of having such a loyal, joyful companion. Dogs are filled with so much love! Happy Dog Day!

Aug 26, 2011 11:01 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing some of the National Dog Day Events.  Keep up the good work in your community.

My brother was in a VA hospital and told me how much he enjoyed visits with the therapy dog.

 Life is good!

Aug 26, 2011 11:49 AM #8
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Rebecca - give Zeke lots of extra hugs and belly rubs today.

Barbara-Jo - Thanks - see you soon.

Chris - thank you. They do amazing work.

Anita - thank you. I hope lots more people in our area get to know them.

Steve - dogs are such great companions I'm glad your wife talked you into getting one.

Roy - They really can bring joy and relief to people trying to bring their lives back together.

Aug 26, 2011 12:49 PM #9
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

When our grandson was in the hospital he had a visit from a special hospital dog, his eyes were so bright and I will never forget the happy smile when the dog came into his room.


Aug 26, 2011 02:36 PM #10
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Toni, This is such a wonderful program and I have heard testimony of how many people it has helped not to be shut-ins. Life is an experience and deserves to be lived and enjoyed by all.

Aug 26, 2011 02:39 PM #11
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening Toni

the Paws for Independence sure is a mighty fine program, which sure does help a lot of folks. I sure did enjoy reading your mighty fine blog post. You sure did take some mighty fine photo of those good looking puppy dogs.

The Google Plus1 has been clicked.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Aug 26, 2011 03:40 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Toni- I thought of you when I saw that it was National Dog Day!  Thank you for reblogging my post. 

Aug 26, 2011 03:45 PM #13
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Those puppies are just adorable Toni. I really admire the owners who take the time to work with the dogs.

Aug 26, 2011 06:07 PM #14
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Toni, Sounds like The Southeastern Guide Dog Organization is doing a great job in finding families who are in need of this program. Kudos to you for getting the word out about them!

Aug 27, 2011 12:40 AM #15
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

C&C - dogs have tha amazing ability to make us smile by just walking in the room. Hope he's okay now.

That's true, William, and if Guide Dogs can help the visually impaired "see", then they are the best!

Thanks, Dale, for the +1; they are a great organization.

You're welcome, Kathy. I've always been a Women's Rights supporter. And, of course, a dog supporter.

Tom - me too. I wish I could do that but I'ld never want to give the puppy away.

Sheila - they sure are and they do a fantastic job.

Thank you everyone!



Aug 27, 2011 12:48 AM #16
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Toni - the Southeastern Guide Dog sounds like a wonderful organization and dogs really are man's best friend. Love your photos - the pups are all so cute!

Aug 27, 2011 03:12 AM #17
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Toni,  What a wonderful organization and post.  Those puppies are just adorable.  Thank you for getting this message out.

Aug 27, 2011 03:40 AM #18
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Kristine - thank you; puppies always seem to pose really well.

Elyse - It is a great organization. And, the puppies were so much fun.

Aug 27, 2011 08:30 AM #19
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