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The Guide Dog Memos: Rick

September is National Guide Dog Awareness Month

Photo Collage Rick GravitIn recognition of Guide Dog Awareness Month I will give it my best effort to feature one dog each week during the month of September. “National Guide Dog Month is a celebration of the work of guide dogs in the United States as a way to raise awareness, appreciation and support for guide dog schools across the United States. It was established in 2008, as a fundraising drive to benefit non-profit guide dog organizations accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation.”*

Today I want to share some words of wisdom from Rick a beautiful black lab with blond on his legs, chest, muzzle and brows.

Rick and his handler, Mike Gravitt, worked together as a phenomenal team for 10 years. While I was a little sad to hear that Rick would be officially retiring on August 20 of this year the good news is he’s in excellent health, was adopted by a friend of Mike’s who happens to be a vet technician, and will enjoy the rest of his life just being a dog.

When you are flying, you do not talk to the pilot. When you are on a bus at night in the rain, you do not talk to the bus driver. When you see me with my handler doing my job, please kindly let me do it safely. ~Rick

Image: collage of three photos featuring Rick as a puppy, at work and enjoying the sunshine after church.

Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!! ~Steph



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