Today is International Guide Dog Day, so let’s honor and celebrate these incredibly hard working service dogs because of their long-standing dedication. There are several different organizations that train dogs to assist the visually impaired. Seeing-eye dogs have been in existence since the time of World War I, when people took notice of how good they were at locating injured soldiers wounded in battle. This idea quickly spread into a real concept after the war ended, and dogs accompanying the blind as we know it today was born. The modern day Seeing Eye dog organization, based in Morristown, NJ, currently has 1,720 active teams of a guide dog a human. To read more about guide dogs and other service dogs, read the full article on Dogs That Make a Difference.
Meet Kyle, a real life guide dog, who is an essential part of his person’s life. He allows Donna to not only get from one destination to another, but also have the freedom and confidence to do so:
For more canine cuteness, Nat Geo WILD will be celebrating smart dogs, service dogs and super underdogs during our three-night event BarkFest, starting Friday May 15 8/7c. And visit wildbarkfest.com to see more dog photos and videos.