Guide dogs have become an integral part of the lives of individuals who have lost their sight. The Guiding Eyes for the Blind, which was founded 55 years ago, recently had a graduation ceremony in which new owners got to bring home their dogs.
The first class of the new year saw 11 graduates, nine of them trained in Yorktown, New York, according to LoHud.com. The graduates will be receiving dogs for the most time, many of whom had tired from using walking sticks and canes.
"It’s the difference between riding a bike and flying," Michael Moore, who had recently lost his vision, told the news provider. "The cane is like a bicycle. You feel every bump. And with a dog you don’t feel that. I also tell people with a cane, you have to find the obstacle, figure out what it is. And with a dog, you just avoid the obstacle entirely."
Guide dogs must be in good dog health and be able to show leadership as they help assist their owners with everyday life, according to Guide Dogs of America.