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The Seeing Eye Guide

A magazine for friends of The Seeing Eye

Winter 2017-2018

Volume 83, Number 3

The cover photo shows a man sitting on a bench in one of the gazebos that are on the campus of The Seeing Eye. Sitting next to him is a German shepherd, in harness, alertly looking at the camera. The caption reads: “17,000 matches… and counting!”


Winter 2017-2018, Volume 83, Number 3

Letter to The Seeing Eye

Cover Story: Carlos Taylor

Thank You Volunteers

Our View: Emotional Support Animals

News Highlights

On the Cover:

Carlos Taylor and his German shepherd, Ewok, were The Seeing Eye’s 17,000th match. See story on Page 2. Photo by Victoria Alfonzo.

The Seeing Eye Heritage Society
The Seeing Eye Heritage Society was founded in 1989 to recognize and honor those individuals who have taken the important step of including a legacy gift to The Seeing Eye in their financial portfolios or estate plans. Members of The Heritage Society have recognized the importance of the continuation of our work with people who are blind and visually impaired and have expressed a commitment to that end by planning a gift which will help provide for the future success of the school.
Legacy gifts make up a large portion of the donations received by The Seeing Eye each year, for which we are most grateful. Gifts of this nature secure the future of our mission, providing ongoing services to our graduates and new students.

It is very possible that you are eligible for membership in The Heritage Society, but haven’t let us know. If you have created a bequest in your will or trust, or named The Seeing Eye as beneficiary of a charitable trust, a retirement plan, or a life insurance policy, you are eligible to become a member of The Heritage Society! We want very much to be able to say “thank you” and include you in The Heritage Society events. Please take a moment to inform us of your intention by calling 800-539-4425 ext, 1735 or email
Across these pages you will see the names of those individuals who have informed us of their extraordinary commitment to enhancing the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of people who are blind through the use of Seeing Eye® dogs by providing for The Seeing Eye in their estate plans. Thank you!

The Seeing Eye Heritage Society

Helen O. Adams

Mr. Max E. Adkins

Ms. Pauline Alexander

Mrs. Cynthia Allen

William Allmer

Jen Armbruster

Tamara Armstrong

Rana McMurray Arnold

Ms. Murielle Arseneau

Mrs. Rhoda Attanasio

Barbara A. Backer, RN

James & Irene Baranski

Dr. & Mrs. James Barnes

Dr. Michael L. Barnett

Paul L. Bash

Ms. Betty Bassett

Andrea & Mitch* Becker

Ms. Sandy Beery

Rita V. Bergerson

Frances H. Bernard

Mr. & Mrs. Paul P. Bernstein

Ms. Nancy Conant Berresford

Mrs. Ruth S. Blair

Miss Barbara Blejewski

Nanette Boak

Miss Candice Bolte

Doris Bowen

Mr. Kenneth Bowles

Arnold Bowser

Fred & Kathy Brack

Carole J. Brand

Mr. Daniel P. Braun

Art & Mary Braunschweiger

Mrs. Robert A. Breitweiser in memory of Lt. Gen. Robert A. Breitweiser

Nina R. Brilli

William* & Gloria Brinker

Barbara Brooks Family Trust

Mr. & Mrs. William Brouillard

Cindy Brown

Carol & Ray Bsarany

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Buck

Dr. Mari Bull

Ms. Joan E. Burgomaster

Lolly & Jay* Burke

Lloyd Burlingame

Cynthia Ann Burns

Mr. & Mrs. Frederick B. Campbell

Thomas J. Cancro

Ms. Judi Cannon

Mr. Richard Cannon

Tracy & Gerald Carcione

Donna A. Carides

Mr. & Mrs. James W. Carrier

Julie H. Carroll

Ms. Judith Carson

Carole Doosey Cascella

Ms. Lauren Casey

Ms. Rosemary Catalana

Mrs. Ann L. Cavalli*

Catherine A.M. Cavanaugh

David & Marion Chappell

Mr. John Charshafian

Mr. Thomas J. Cherry

Elizabeth Esposito Chiarella

Dr. Lawrence X. Clifford

Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Collin

Ms. Elizabeth Conklin

Mr. & Mrs. Patrick G. Constantinides

Mr. Alan Conway

Ian and Anne Cooper

Miss Ann L. Corbly

George & Nancy Cottrell

Mrs. Joan Coughlin

Mr. Charles Crawford

Mrs. Lee Crossman

Deborah E. Curtis*

Mrs. Karen A. D'Alessandro

Mr. John A. D'Ambra

Mr. Alan Dalton

Ms. Regina Dantas

Mr. & Mrs. C. Edward Dasch

Craig Davis

Anthony J. De Carlo, VMD

Lois N. DeConca*

Mrs. Elizabeth Sandra DeGeorge

Ms. Raye L. Delle

Mrs. Anne DelVecchio

Lori & Dennis DeMarco

Francis & Karen DeNaro

Ms. Denise DePalma

Doris N. Desher

Ms. Barbara Dicks

Margie Donovan

Dr. & Mrs. George Alexander Doumani

Mr. Michael P. Doyle

Janice G. Drake

Mr. Kenneth Dreyfuss

Ms. Michele Drolet

Kenneth Duncan & Patricia Lewis*

The Honorable & Mrs. Davis Duty

Mr. & Mrs. David J. Ebel

Douglas & Wyndham Eberle

Dr. Sylvia Ebert

Mr. & Mrs. Terry J. Eld

Dr. James * & Allison Elston

Marcus Engel

Lorraine Engenito

Mrs. Victoria L. Englishman

Miss Susan Etters

Gary A. Eulo

Albert & Gloria* Evans

Donna J. Evans

Mr. Paul H. Falon

Stuart H. & Sandra K. Fine

Ms. Eleanor A. Finnin

Mrs. Margaret Fitzgerald

Ms. Bonnie Fleming

Patricia E. Fleming

Mr. Gene F. Forsyth*

Ms. Jane L. Fouraker

Maria Franchino

Jeri & Matt Frankel

Mrs. Mary Franklin

Mr. Robert E. Friedman

Ms. Irene M. Gaitley

Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Gallagher

Robert Garcia & Lauren Webster-Garcia

Tom Garner

Mrs. Peggy Garrett

Ms. Helen Gartman

Hank & Gudy* Gautschy

Drs. Philip & Marjorie Gerdine

Mr. John Gimmi

Shirley M. Giovannoli

Florence Susan Godek

Keith Gonzalez

Mr. Brian Gourley

Joan Grandinetti

Edmund A. Grossman

Peggy Grow

Elsie D. Hajdics

Robert & Dana Hamwee

Marilyn & Gord Harris

Ms. Mary Ellen Harris

Peggy Harris

Mr. J. Philip Hart

Timothy & Lorraine Hartley

Ms. Joan D. Hassan

Robert & Jean Hegedus

Ken Hehan

Mr. & Mrs. David G. Henry

F. Lois Henry

Tidi B. Herndon

Mr. Drew Herron & Mr. Ryan Rhodes

Mr. & Mrs. Gordon C. Hill

Jamie C. Hilton

Jim & Debbie Hoffert

Mrs. Elizabeth Hontz

David C. Horn

Don Horneff

Mrs. Vivian Hulse

Dr. Brook P. & Diane Hunt

Ms. Mary Jane Irwin*

Mrs. Jean Jaeckels

Graham & Jean Jeffrey

Miss Barbara L. Jennings

Miss Natalie Johnson

Mr. R. Bruce Johnson

Priscilla H. Johnson

In memory of Dolores Johnston

Lynda Jones

Ms. Jane Judson

Mrs. Karen Julius

Mr. Howard J. Kahn

Arthur* & Esther* Kane

Dr. Sivia Kaye

Mrs. Virginia S. Kelcec

Mike & Eithne Kelly

Kevin & Gina Keyte

Mrs. Junerose Killian

Mr. Larry E. Kittrell

Joseph Dean Klatt, PhD

Ms. Toni M. Knie

Mrs. Virginia Knoll

Cameron & Martha Koblish

Raymond & Lois Kohan

Earl & Anna Kragnes

Norma Krajczar

Charles W. & Cissy R. Kramer

Marvin* & Gaytha Kraushar

Ulrike Kreiner-Holzhauer & Viktor Kreiner

Dr. James A. Kutsch, Jr. & Mrs. Ginger B. Kutsch

Ms. Elissa La Bagnara

Mrs. Jean C. La Plante

Mrs. Mary Lacatena & Mr. Jerome Lacatena

Mr. & Mrs. John Lafenhagen

Ms. Barbara A. Landmann

Annette M. Lange

Mrs. Myrna Laracuente

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lardine

Theresa Lassek

Thomas Lauria

Elaine J. Lawrason

Kathleen & Leonard Lederer

Mr. Ralph W. Ledford

Mrs. Denise Lee

Dr. Harold F. Leeper & Ms. Ann B. Gourley

Kaye Leslie

Helen & Robert Levins

Dr. Rebecca Lineberger

Irwin & Lois Ann Linker

Richard H. Livesey III & Mrs. Mae F. Livesey

Ms. Lori A. Locke

Judith & Victor V. Lolli

Mr. Michael Paul Lund

Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Lurie

Mrs. Marjorie Machesney

Eugenia & James* MacKellar

Mary Jeanne MacLaurin

Lois A. Mandato

Maureen S. Mangee

Mr. David S. Mangeim

Mrs. Ann Mann

Mary Manwaring

Carmen & Didi Mariano

Donna Jean Marrone in memory of Karen Ann & Louis Jr.

Ms. Phyllis J. Marsteller

Robert & Debra Mastera

Camille Mastri

Ms. Flora Mattis

Mr. Donald B. McCarthy

Mrs. Gwynne G. McDevitt

Mrs. Toula McEllen

Charles & Hana McKenna

Erin McNamara

Mr. David McShane

Mr. William Meinecke

Mr. Richard G. Mercner

Mrs. Judith Meyers

Stephen & Marsha Meyers

Michael & Sylvie Meyers-Jouan

Mrs. Melba Middleton

Asya Miller

Ms. Betty Miller

Mr. Edward W. Miller

Lois Mills

Harriet E. Monaghan

Pim Montgomery

Mrs. Barbara Moore

Rev. Bonnie L. Moore

Jeanne-Marie Moore

Paul & Rosie Morline

Jed C. Morris

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph D. Moulton*

Ms. Phyllis M. Murphy

Jeanne C. Myers

Dr. Grace Napier

Mrs. Jeanne Neale

Miss Evelyn M. Nemes

Dr. & Mrs. Edwin B. Nettleton

Dr. Aminda Nicoloro

Lee & Arlene Nihan

Mrs. Renate S. Nolius

Mr. & Mrs. James M. Norman

Barbara W. Nugent

Steve Nugent

Richard K. O'Dea

Mrs. Juanita B. Oleyar

Louise B. Olshan

Mr. & Mrs. L. Ostar

Mrs. Margaret S. Osterhoudt

Elizabeth Ostrowski

Margaret E. Otto

Mrs. Irene Palazzo*

Steve & Georgiann Pangere

Lois Paris

Mr. & Mrs. Ben Parisi

Marion E. Paul

Theodore C. Paulson, Sr.

Mrs. Judy E. Peltier

Mr. Louis Pepe

Ms. Zucel Perez

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Peterson

Gail J. Petre

Miss Camille Petrecca

Dianne & Beverly Petty

Mrs. Lisa Pfleider

Mrs. Jeannie Phillips

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Piasecki

Mr. William J. Pimblott

Cheryl L. Pitz

Deacon Robert B. Pladek

Martha & Howard Polin

Dena L. Polston

Andrea C. Popick

Mr. Charles A. Prescott

Ralph & Sandy Price

Mr. William D. Quick

Ms. Ellen L. Quimper

Claire Durand Racamato

Mildred & John Rasweiler

Mrs. Ruth Reed

Miss Monte F. Richardson*

Buddy* & Nancy Richman

Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Roberts

Ms. Rachel Robinson

Miss Marilyn Rodda

Claire B. Roffino

Mr. Thom Rogers & Mr. James W. Stoecker

Richard & Lisa Roiseman

Diane Romano

June Catherine Romano

Barbara Ina Rosen in memory of Rose & Max Rosen

Elyse G. Rosenfield

Ms. Grace Rosenthal

Mr. Kenneth Rosenthal

Mr. Jack Rouse

Jan Rumbaugh

David A. Salo

Mr. Anthony Salvati

Sylvia Sammons

Dave & Janet Sanders

Doris R. Satterwhite

Susan Schechter

Mrs. Linda D. Schmider

Patricia & Richard Schnadig

Katherine Schneider, Ph.D.

Mr. & Mrs. Leon E. Schrader

Mr. David A. Schuh

Ms. Betsy Schuhart

Narrin Schwartz

Mary Dell Scobey & Stan Scobey

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Scott

Mr.* & Mrs. W. Sydnor Settle

Helen E. Sheehan

Katherine Shelton

Irene Sidun

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Silver

Judith L. Sissick

Ann C. Smith

Cornelia J. Smith

Mr. Gerald Smith

Janet L. Smith*

Mrs. Lenore Smith

Susan V. Smith

James C. Solly* in memory of Eleanora M. Solly

Doreen Sproviere

Ms. Valorie Stanard

Mrs. Lois A. Stange

Mark & Barbara Steinberg

Mr. & Mrs. James Stephens

Eva Marie Stevens

Jo Anne Stevens

Carol Stevens Hewson

Mrs. Marilyn Stiglitz

Mrs. Gloria Strei

Mr. Bruce Strnad

David & Janice Szumowski

Helen Jo Taliaferro

Mr. J.C. Teeple

Ms. Carol Jean Telloeken

Leon A. Tierney, Jr.

Mr. Peter M. Tilkin

Jane Toleno

Kathy Towson

Miriam Travis

Eileen Trotta

Mr. John Turner

Carol A. Ungro

Ms. Peg Van Patton

Shirley M. Vavra

Mark Vellen

Ms. Karen Wales

Dr. Brian Wallach

Mrs. Doreen Waller*

Mr. & Mrs. Frank E. Walsh, Jr.

Sally A. Webb

Ms. Jane Weidlund

Mrs. Dorothy Weidowke

Mr. & Mrs. Eric Whalen

Miss Suzanne Whalen

Mrs. Marie Whitlatch

Ms. Theresa Wierszylo

Virginia & James M. Wild

Ms. Diane Wilgan

Dwight Wilson, Jr.

Vicky Winslow

Mrs. Sharon F. Wolf

Ms. Karen A. Wood

Mary E. Wurst

Joyce B. Young

Mr. & Mrs. Russel Young

Richard & Simone Zoladz

31 members wish to remain anonymous

A Seeing Eye Perspective

This story has a photo of Seeing Eye President and CEO James A. Kutsch Jr. with his Seeing Eye dog, a German shepherd named Vegas. Kutsch is wearing a blue shirt and khaki slacks and has his arm around Vegas, who is panting so he appears to be smiling. Behind them are green bushes.

A little more than 90 years ago, Dorothy Harrison Eustis wrote her famous article, “The Seeing Eye,” in the Nov. 5, 1927, issue of The Saturday Evening Post. The article was about training German shepherds to be guide dogs, an idea almost completely unknown in the United States at the time, and in response to its publication Dorothy received many letters from people who were blind, asking her to train a dog for them. But one letter stood out. It came from a 19-year-old Vanderbilt University student and traveling salesman named Morris Frank, who not only asked for a dog to guide him, but more than that, for help in starting a school to train more dogs to guide others.

Could either of them have conceived, 90 years later, that The Seeing Eye would have graduated 17,000 partnerships… and counting?

My current Seeing Eye® dog, Vegas, and I are one of those 17,000 stories. Vegas and I will be celebrating the five-year anniversary of our match in May. Before that I had seven other Seeing Eye dogs, and each partnership brought its own unique set of triumphs and challenges… just as every match we make here is unique.

Our graduates come from all walks of life, and each match is carefully made not only on objective measures like walking speed and strength of pull, but more subjective qualities as well. Dogs, like people, have personalities. Some dogs prefer the hustle and bustle of a big city; others prefer living life at a more leisurely pace. We often tell people the match is part science, part art, and part magic. From that beginning grows a deep bond that is difficult to express in words. More than a beloved pet, a Seeing Eye dog is a trusted traveling companion. For many graduates, a Seeing Eye dog symbolizes their independence – the ability to get up and go, whenever, wherever. For a person who is blind or visually impaired, that’s a very special gift.

Thank you for your generous donations to The Seeing Eye. Your support has made this gift possible, 17,000 times over.


James A. Kutsch, Jr.

President & CEO
The Seeing Eye

Letter To The Seeing Eye

Dear Seeing Eye:

To Kopper’s puppy raisers, who took the time, made the effort, worked through the difficulties and gloried in the victories, to you, who spent your love in such a magnificent manner and gave Kopper back to The Seeing Eye so that they could further train him and give him to me, the words “thank you” seem so entirely inadequate. But thank you from my heart is what I give and I think of you every day as I walk through this world with my very own Koppery Boy. 

Kopper came along just when I needed him most.  Do you remember that scene in The Miracle Worker when the teacher rings the bell at the well because Helen has finally comprehended the life-changing reality for her that words are attached to things? I don’t actually remember the moment when Kopper realized that he is my very own Seeing Eye dog; but I know that he knows. There are some realities that defy description and I think that this is one of those. I only know that when I put out my hand, he is there. When I put out a wet foot from the shower in the morning, he is there. When I say his name, he is there. When I pick up his leash, he is there with his tail wagging, waiting for our next adventure. As you well know, the words “good boy” are his own balm for the soul. Nothing makes him happier. When I am busy with something and realize that I don’t know exactly where he is in the house, I simply have to reach out my hand or speak his name only to find that he is right there with me. I remember the first time that he took the initiative and chose a toy from the dog toy basket. I knew that he understood that we were at home.

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been told how handsome he is, how smart he is, what a great job he does, how adorable his wagging tail is, I could make quite a sizeable donation to The Seeing Eye. 

I promise you that I will love Kopper, take good care of him, and work him in a way that honors your efforts and those of The Seeing Eye. 

A grateful Seeing Eye graduate

Walker Dillard Kirby, 1924-2017

This article has a photo of Walker Dillard Kirby.

The Seeing Eye mourns the loss of Walker Dillard Kirby, a long-time supporter and a member of the Board of Trustees. Mrs. Kirby died November 11, 2017, at the age of 93.

“Walker left an indelible imprint on The Seeing Eye,” President and CEO James A. Kutsch Jr. said. “We will miss her gracious warmth, her sage advice, and most of all her passion for our mission.”

Mrs. Kirby was raised in North Carolina, the daughter of Dillard Paper Company founder Stark Dillard, where she developed a lifelong love of animals. Mrs. Kirby moved to New Jersey after marrying Fred Morgan Kirby II of Morristown. She is survived by her daughter, three sons, 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Kirby joined The Seeing Eye’s Board of Trustees in 1965, and after her terms expired continued to advise the board as an honorary lifetime trustee.

In 1991, Mrs. Kirby was presented with the Dorothy Harrison Eustis Humanitarian Award, only the third time the award had been giving since the school’s founding. The Walker Dillard Kirby Canine Center is named in her honor, and The Seeing Eye continues a program she founded, “Walker’s Walkers,” for volunteers to walk dogs around the campus. Her portrait can be seen in the Colgate Room on the main campus.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Kirby’s family asked that people donate to The Seeing Eye, to Grace Episcopal Church of Madison, New Jersey, or to St. Peter’s Church of Morristown, or that you plant flowers in her memory.

Cover Story

17,000 matches… and counting

Carlos Taylor and Ewok follow in the footsteps of Morris Frank and Buddy

This story has three photos. The first shows Carlos Taylor being guided by Ewok, a German shepherd, on the campus of The Seeing Eye. The few remaining leaves on the trees behind him are orange, and there are some leaves scattered on the grass and the walking path. The second photo shows Carlos sitting on a large stump with Ewok seated on the ground next to him. The caption reads: Carlos and Ewok on the campus of The Seeing Eye during the November class. Photos by Victoria Alfonzo. The final photo shows Ewok as a fuzzy puppy.

Carlos Taylor had just graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology when he first came to The Seeing Eye in June 2002, where he would be matched with a German shepherd named Derek.

“I had no idea what to expect,” he said. “I didn’t grow up with a pet dog. Having a dog was a new experience for me.”

Carlos also had no idea that 15 years later he’d be working at Ball State University – and that he would be graduating from The Seeing Eye with a German shepherd named Ewok as the 17,000th Seeing Eye team.

Carlos is an adaptive computer technology specialist at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana, where he oversees a computer lab dedicated to students with disabilities. He teaches students, faculty, and staff how to use adaptive technology, and advises the administration on how to best employ technology that can be used by all students.

As a 6-year-old, Carlos’s left retina detached. Surgical attempts to repair it were unsuccessful. A year later, he lost his right eye. “It was just the way my eyes were shaped that caused pressure on my retinas as I grew,” Carlos said. “I’ve been completely blind since about the age of 7.”

Carlos used a white cane throughout his adolescence and high school years. As an undergraduate at Ball State University, he met another student who had a Seeing Eye dog. “I was really amazed at how quickly they navigated through campus. If we were going somewhere in a small group of people, the person with the dog would always be way ahead.”

Thinking a guide dog might be a good fit for him, he researched the various guide dog schools and spoke to other guide dog users, and decided on The Seeing Eye.

“Being the oldest guide dog school, I figured The Seeing Eye must have a good handle on things,” he said.

“When I actually did the first walk with Derek at The Seeing Eye, it was really an amazing feeling,” he said. “As I said, I was not really experienced with even having a pet dog. So even the notion that the dog would respond to me and do what I asked it to do was a whole new thing to me. So when I pick up the harness and tell the dog forward, wow. And once we got going, following him, it was such a great feeling. The quickness, the pace that he was walking at. From a cane user’s perspective, the cane is in front of you to encounter every obstacle. But the dog is on your left, so there’s nothing in front of you! You have to trust the dog to guide you around obstacles. I was able to concentrate not so much on the ground and every crack in the sidewalk, but the environment all around me. I can relax a little bit and follow the dog’s lead, and just experience what’s going on around me with a lot less hesitation. It’s such a freeing feeling.”

Derek retired after working with Carlos for eight years, which is about the average length of service time for a Seeing Eye dog. (Each graduate decides for him or herself when a Seeing Eye dog should be retired, but most graduates will tell you that “the dog knows” when it’s time to hang up the harness.) Carlos returned to The Seeing Eye and was matched with another shepherd, this one named Dutch.

Carlos – who now has a master’s degree in Information & Communications Sciences – returned in November for his third Seeing Eye dog, a German shepherd named Ewok.

“It’s a unique name, it’s a fun name. You get different reactions when people ask what his name is. Some people think it’s weird, some people think it’s so cool,” Carlos said. “I wasn’t sure about it at first, but the more I used it, the more it grew on me.”

And now on his third Seeing Eye dog, Carlos is definitely a dog person.

“Having a dog is a very rewarding experience, and not only for the guide work. I learn about myself by having dogs. Each one has taught me, and Ewok is teaching me things. I learn about myself and how to handle tough situations, whether it’s interference from the public or recovering from a mistake,” he said.

As for Carlos and Ewok being the 17,000th match, Carlos said he was shocked.

“It’s amazing to think about it, 17,000 dogs. That’s a lot of dogs,” he said. “Being the 17,000th, representing the guide dog school that I have so much admiration and appreciation for, is such an honor. I’m still in shock.”

Volunteering for Duty

The Seeing Eye Thanks Its Volunteers

This story has two photos. The first shows a man in a sport jacket, tie, and slacks showing a print of a German shepherd in a grass field above a small plaque. The caption reads: Mac Hinshaw shows his wife, Jackie, a framed portrait of a German shepherd with a plaque announcing him as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year with, from left, Seeing Eye Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas J. Duffy and Seeing Eye President and CEO James A. Kutsch, Jr., with his Seeing Eye dog Vegas.

The second photo shows a woman accepting an award from Jim Kutsch. The caption reads: Seeing Eye President and CEO James A. Kutsch, Jr., presents Janet Keeler with an award thanking her for her 15 years of volunteering as Linda Swanson, who oversees the volunteer program at The Seeing Eye, and Seeing Eye Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas J. Duffy look on.

Making miracles happen is a full-time job for many at The Seeing Eye – and for others, a labor of love.

In addition to about 150 full-time employees, The Seeing Eye also relies on at least that many on-campus volunteers who donate their time to assist in a multitude of roles. (That doesn’t include our hundreds of volunteer puppy raisers!) The Seeing Eye thanked those volunteers at a reception held on campus on September 19.

“The fact that so many people volunteer to be a part of The Seeing Eye really speaks to how much people believe in our mission,” said Thomas J. Duffy, chairman of The Seeing Eye’s Board of Trustees.

Seeing Eye volunteers assist staff members in a variety of tasks, ranging from walking dogs, driving vans, or helping with office duties. In addition to volunteering at the main campus in Morris Township, The Seeing Eye also has volunteers at our breeding station in Chester and at the Downtown Training Center in Morristown.

Joseph “Mac” Hinshaw III of Mendham, New Jersey, was recognized as The Seeing Eye’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year, as well as being recognized for 10 years of volunteer service. Also recognized for longevity were Myrna Laracuente, Penny Newell, and Clare Sievers (10 years); Janet Keeler (15 years); and Geoffrey Dobson, Roger Woodhour, and Sheila Woodhour (20 years).

Mac has volunteered for several departments – Admissions, Administration & Finance, Canine Medicine & Surgery, and at the Breeding Station in Chester. He also has raised 14 puppies for The Seeing Eye.

“It’s quite an honor to even be considered,” said Mac, who worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for 34 years. “I was downsized at work due to the wonderful invention of algorithms and computer trading.”

He called The Seeing Eye to volunteer, and was assigned to the Breeding Station.

“We exercise the moms and dads, or the puppies,” Mac said. “When you have 4- and 5-week-old puppies, you can’t move fast enough.”

The Seeing Eye thanks Fred Fischer and Flip Peters for performing live music during the reception.

If you’re interested in volunteering at The Seeing Eye, please contact Linda Swanson at (973) 539-4425 or email

One Year of Service

Kathy Adams

Carole Audick

Mark Barron

Melissa Baumgartner

Steven Bergh

Debra Brodhecker

George Coppola

Melanie Crampton

Gail Hoffmann

David Klein

Morgan Krenson

Hannah Kronenwetter

Miranda Meade

Stacey Miranda

Anna Raska, M.D.

Claudia Reed

Rosemary Sweigart

Patty Villani

Five Years of Service

Joseph Conti

Kathy Jones

Pam Kallas

George Kennedy

Deborah Maull

Lisa Perlman

David Shapiro

Loreli Stochaj

Michael Suchomel

Kristin Tavares

Sheila Wolfensohn

10 Years of Service

Mac Hinshaw

Myrna Laracuente

Penny Newell

Claire Sievers

15 Years of Service

Janet Keeler

20 Years of Service

Geoffrey Dobson

Roger Woodhour

Sheila Woodhour

Volunteer of the Year

Mac Hinshaw

Our View

Airlines Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Seeing Eye Opposes Delta’s New Policy On Service Animals

This story has two photos. The first is a phot of a Delta Air Lines jet soaring high in the sky. The second is a photo of a duck, wearing red booties and a leash, in the aisle of an airplane. Caption: An “emotional support duck” brought on board a flight. Photo from Pinterest.

Airlines Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Seeing Eye opposes Delta’s new policy on service animals

For much of his life, Morris Frank – the first person to work with a Seeing Eye dog – tirelessly advocated for the rights of people with disabilities to travel without the need for special permission, but simply, as he put it, “as blessedly ordinary passengers.”

Delta Air Lines recently announced a new policy, ostensibly to protect the public from unruly or aggressive animals on flights. (United Airlines also has adopted a similar policy, though it is directed solely at emotional support animals and does not apply to service animals such as Seeing Eye dogs.) Under Delta’s new rules, which take effect March 1, service animal handlers will have to take additional steps to fly with their animals, such as going to the ticket counter rather than using electronic boarding passes or curbside and kiosk check-in, and submitting vaccination paperwork at least 48 hours in advance, which may not be possible if traveling is due to an emergency or rebooking.

“I’m afraid to say this policy won’t address the problem; indeed, it will seriously hurt those of us who use service animals,” said Jim Kutsch, President and CEO of The Seeing Eye, and also a guide dog user since 1970.

Rather than adopt this policy, The Seeing Eye urges airlines to simply follow existing regulations under the Federal Air Carrier Access Act which give them the right to exclude misbehaving animals, no matter their credentials, from the passenger cabin. In fact, the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings and its Aviation Consumer Protection Division states: “If a carrier determines that a service animal cannot accompany a passenger with a disability in the cabin due to a behavior problem on the part of the animal that may result in a direct threat to the health or safety of others or a fundamental alteration in service… the carrier should first permit the passenger to try available means of mitigating the problem (e.g., muzzling a barking service dog) before deciding to exclude the service animal from the cabin.  If those means are not successful, the carrier may follow its company policy on pets because the animal has shown that it has not been successfully trained to function as a service animal in public settings."

Enforcing the existing behavior standards for all animals – both real service animals as well as impostors – would do much more to improve the safety of airline passengers than requiring proof of the animal’s status or vaccinations.

It is The Seeing Eye’s position that any animal – be it a Seeing Eye dog, an emotional support animal, or a pet with “fake” service animal credentials – exhibiting unacceptable behavior should be dealt with by airline staff on a case-by-case basis.

The onus of solving this problem should not be put on disabled individuals who rely on their highly trained, well-behaved service animals and only seek to be “blessedly ordinary passengers.”

A Better Dog House

Seeing Eye to begin state-of-the-art kennel upgrade

This story has an artist’s rendering of what the inside of the kennel will look like. It shows a large open area covered by a roof with many windows to allow in light. There is a large ceiling fan in the ceiling to circulate air. The ground is green and the wall is open to a view of the campus. Each dog has quarters that are large enough for two dogs.

A generous gift from the Golden Dome Foundation to name the Robert H. Harris Canine Pavilion is allowing The Seeing Eye to begin work on upgrading living quarters for the approximately 200 dogs who are in training on our campus at any given time.

The $7.6 million project will break ground in spring and is expected to take between 12 and 14 months to complete. The newly built kennel will adjoin the Vincent A. Stabile Canine Health Center.

“Over the last 89 years, we’ve learned a lot about dogs,” said Seeing Eye President and CEO Jim Kutsch. “This facility will not only be better for our future guides, but also for the staff and volunteers who attend to and train them. It all adds up to better outcomes for our students.”

The Golden Dome Foundation of Middletown, N.J., has pledged $2 million in memory of its late founder, Dr. Robert H. Harris, and the kennel will be named the Dr. Robert H. Harris Canine Pavilion.

“It is with great pride that the Golden Dome Foundation trustees have chosen to make this transformational gift to The Seeing Eye,” said Golden Dome Foundation President Mary Ellen Harris. “I have been in awe of the work of The Seeing Eye for many years. As a dog lover, I am amazed at the care which the potential guides receive; from breeding to training through to matching, The Seeing Eye distinguishes itself as the leader. The dogs and blind individuals with whom they are matched create extraordinary partnerships. I am pleased to be able to play a part in the continuation of this most important mission. My husband, Bob, for whom the building is named, helped ensure healthy lives for individuals stricken with disease. He would be proud of this tribute to him at The Seeing Eye.”

Currently, dogs on The Seeing Eye campus are housed in two separate buildings, one of which has become outdated. The new kennel will be large enough to accommodate all the dogs, who spend approximately four months on campus being trained to become Seeing Eye dogs.

The design incorporates new technology and information from the most current research aimed at increasing stimulation and a sense of well-being, making the dogs feel more comfortable and improving the success of the overall program. All dogs will have direct access to covered all-weather exercise areas, and the facility is designed with an abundance of natural light, state-of-the-art ventilation and air exchange systems, open sight lines so the dogs can see each other, and lots of exercise areas for the dogs to play and socialize with each other.

For more information about the project or how you can help, call Deborah Morrone-Colella at (800) 539-4425. email, or visit

From The Archives

He Can Do Anything!’

Rex the Seeing Eye Dog, forgotten comic book star

There are three images from the comic book illustrating this story. The first has the headline, “Rex: The Seeing Eye Dog” and the byline “By Rey Isip,” and shows the first page of the comic book. The next two images are close-ups from the page. The first shows a boy and a girl. The boy is saying, “Gee! Didja see that? He pulled the brake an’ stopped the wagon!’ The girl replies, “Oh… but he can do anything!!! He’s REX, The Seeing Eye Dog!” The second image shows Rex, a German shepherd in harness, leaping through the air as someone yells, “Look! A Seeing Eye dog! He will save us!”

Almost from our founding in 1929, Seeing Eye dogs have been a cultural icon – intelligent, obedient, and brave, they have frequently been used in movies, television shows, and novels.

And in 1941, a Seeing Eye dog starred in a comic book!

Choice Comics was a short-lived comic series – there were only three issues, published between 1941 and 1942 – published by Great Comics Publications. Choice was an anthology of stories, ranging from biographies to superheroes to humor (it billed itself as “Facts… Fiction… Funnies,” and “The best comic book a dime can buy”).

In issues #2 and #3, we meet Dan Baxter and his faithful Seeing Eye dog, a German shepherd named Rex:

“Blind Dan Baxter, veteran circus owner, is guided by the uncanny brain of his Seeing Eye dog, Rex… as his master’s devoted companion and fearless bodyguard, Rex fights a sinister plot that threatens to ruin Baxter’s circus…”

The eight-page story by Rey Isip has quite a few fallacies that some in the public still have today, such as referring to Rex as his owner’s “fearless bodyguard,” and Dan using Rex like a modern-day GPS, simply telling the dog where he wants to go: “Take me to Laura’s tent, Rex!”

However, it’s nice to see Rex in a realistic looking harness, and that Rex – whether he’s guiding Dan through the circus, stopping a runaway circus wagon, or tracking down a murderer – is rewarded with praise!

The story ends with this editor’s note, its use of outdated stereotypes about blindness reflective of the era in which it was written:

“Many people whose lives were doomed to darkness have started a new and joyful life with the patient devotion and guidance of their Seeing Eye Dogs. These remarkable animals are trained to act as real eyes for the blind, and they perform their task with great loyalty and courage.

But unfortunately most blind people cannot afford a Seeing Eye Dog. So whenever you see a blind man tapping along with his white cane, ask if you may help him to cross the street or board a bus. Remember that he can no longer see all the beautiful things in life that you can. He will appreciate your kind deed, and you will enjoy helping him.

Rex, the Seeing Eye Dog, will thrill you with a daring adventure in your next issue of Choice Comics.”

Rex indeed does return for Choice Comics #3, which would be its final issue. “Dan Baxter, blind circus operator, is guided and protected by the almost human brain of Rex, his Seeing Eye dog that has been trained to act as eyes for his master... with courage and daring, Rex faces the savage fury of a jungle beast and a cruel murderer to guard the lives of Dan Baxter and his beautiful daughter, Laura, the trapeze star!”

This time not only does Rex track down another murderer, but he pins down an escaped leopard and holds it until the circus workers can get it back into its cage! Seeing Eye dogs are capable of some amazing feats, but that trick is strictly for the comic books.

News Highlights

Bidding Time!

The Seeing Eye’s annual online auction begins April 9 and ends April 19. If you have a new or unique item to donate, or if your company would be interested in sponsoring the auction, please contact Sara Meehan at or call (973) 539-4425 ext. 1736.

Canine Health Center Re-Accredited

The Vincent A. Stabile Canine Health Center at The Seeing Eye has once again been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, the accrediting body for companion animal hospitals in the United States and Canada.

“AAHA accreditation is the standard of excellence for veterinary care. It means an accredited hospital holds itself to a higher standard,” explained Dr. Dolores Holle, attending veterinarian and director of Canine Medicine & Surgery. “AAHA sends consultants to AAHA-accredited veterinary hospitals every three years to evaluate hospitals on their adherence to the AAHA Standards of Accreditation. AAHA consultants evaluate hospitals on approximately 900 different standards of veterinary care.”

The Stabile Canine Health Center, which opened in 1997, received AAHA accreditation after The Seeing Eye first applied in 2003, and has successfully been re-accredited every three years since.

Seeing Eye Grad in Award-Winning Documentary

This story has a publicity image from the documentary Dealt. It shows Richard Turner with a fanned-out deck of cards with the words “One of the world’s greatest card magicians… is completely blind.” It also has a quote from magician Teller of Penn & Teller: “Dealt knocked me dead. Turner and the tough love of his family won my heart. A great documentary.” It also has an image saying “Winner: SXSW 2017 Film Festival.”

Seeing Eye graduate Lori Dragt and her brother, Richard Turner, were the subjects of a documentary, Dealt, that has won multiple awards and earned praise from film critics as well as the National Federation of the Blind.

Richard and Lori both lost their sight in childhood due to scarlet fever. “I was in third grade and it happened immediately,” Lori recalled. “I was sitting there and my vision just went black. I had no idea what was going on. I closed my eyes and opened them again, and all I had was very dim, cloudy peripheral vision. It was that fast… like something just broke. Gradually I would lose all of my vision.”

The documentary is primarily about Richard, who is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians. But Lori and her Seeing Eye dog, a golden retriever named Cookie, are also in the movie.

“She’s in the movie a lot,” Lori said. “She’s a little super star.”

Lori, who has four children and owns two businesses, was matched with Cookie in June 2013. The two attended the movie’s Hollywood premiere.

“Cookie is perfect. I couldn’t ask for a better dog,” Lori said. “She is just spectacular!”


This page has an acknowledgment for our corporate partner, The Travelers Indemnity Company. The image is a white umbrella on a gray background. The text reads: We invest in bonds. The human kind. Giving back to the community is one of the most worthwhile investments we can make. We're proud to continue supporting our region. Now and for years to come. Below that is the word Travelers, with a red umbrella next to it. Underneath reads: It's better under the umbrella. Fine print across the bottom reads: Copyright 2017 The Travelers Indemnity Company. All rights reserved. Travelers and the Travelers Umbrella logo are registered trademarks of The Travelers Indemnity Company in the U.S. and other countries. M-17706-12 Rev. 8-17

This page also has an acknowledgment for our corporate partner, Eone Time. There is a large picture of the Eone watch, which has no glass covering the face, and the hours are marked with lines of varying lengths. At the 12 o’clock position is a downward-pointing triangle. The logo is the lower-case letters e o n e and below that the words “Designed For Everyone.” For more information, go to

The third acknowledgment is for Healthy Vision Association. The logo is a green circle surrounded by two blue half-circles that are almost touching each other. The website for the organization is below the logo:

The final acknowledgment is for our corporate partner, Merck Animal Health. It is simply the name “Merck Animal Health” alongside the logo, which appears to be an hourglass within a four-leaf clover.

Back Cover

The back cover has a photo of a black Labrador/golden retriever cross puppy with a snow-covered face. The caption reads:

Need A Gift Idea?

The back cover has an image of a yellow Labrador retriever puppy who is looking off to one side as if deep in thought. The caption reads: Autumn is a seven-week-old yellow Labrador retriever featured in our 2018 Puppy Raiser calendar – still available at

Are you looking to pay tribute to someone special in your life, or looking for the perfect gift for someone who has everything?

Personalizing an engraved paver on The Seeing Eye’s Path to Independence is a great way to leave a lasting legacy for you or a loved one. A 4x8” brick is $250 (3 rows of 13 characters/row); an 8x8” brick is $500 (6 rows of 13 characters/row); A 12x12” brick is $1000 (8 rows of 16 characters/row). Characters include spaces and punctuation. The deadline to order a brick to be installed this fall is April 30. For more information, go to or call (973) 539-4425.

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ISSN 0037-0819

Publication number 488580

The Seeing Eye produces The Guide® magazine in print, audio, electronic, and Braille versions. Copies are available by request. This issue and past issues also are available on our website. Permission to reprint may be obtained by contacting The Seeing Eye.

Seeing Eye® is a registered trademark for guide dogs of The Seeing Eye, Inc., and is its registered service mark for training dogs as guides and instructing visually impaired individuals in their use and care. The Seeing Eye admits and offers students of any race, color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or ancestry all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or ancestry in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

The Seeing Eye follows the guidelines recommended by the Council of U.S. Dog Guide Schools for the humane care and training of dogs to be guides, and the instruction and graduate services offered to people who are blind or visually impaired.

The Seeing Eye is an accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation. The mission of The Seeing Eye is to enhance the independence, dignity and self-confidence of people who are blind, through the use of specially trained Seeing Eye dogs.


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