NATHAN

[Char­ity Part­ner] Guid­ing Eyes for the Blind [Lo­ca­tion] Ma­ri­etta, Ge­or­gia

Modern Dog - - BODY & SOUL -

Nathan is a guide dog for Megan Dean, who ex­plains here what Nathan means to her: “Nathan and I bonded in Au­gust of 2015 af­ter a chal­leng­ing and ad­ven­tur­ous match­mak­ing process. We are grad­u­ates of the Guid­ing Eyes for the Blind pro­gram and de­spite what most peo­ple may think, those that have been through the se­lec­tion process know that guide dogs chooses their han­dler…And the bless­ing is that Nathan chose me!

Nathan en­ables me to live a full and pro­duc­tive life with trust and con­fi­dence in him as my sighted com­pan­ion. With his sup­port, I am able to live in­de­pen­dently, main­tain a full­time ca­reer, en­gage in so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, and take fun-filled va­ca­tions. Day over day, he guides me as I take pub­lic trans­porta­tion, cross busy in­ter­sec­tions and ma­noeu­vre pub­lic places know­ing I am safe un­der his watch­ful eyes. His re­lent­less pa­tience as he rests un­der my desk while I work, his on­go­ing will­ing­ness to be of ser­vice at a mo­ment’s no­tice, and his amaz­ing abil­ity to ma­noeu­vre chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions most other dogs never en­counter make him my Ca­nine Su­per Hero.

For guide dogs, bal­ance is im­por­tant and I en­sure Nathan spends a few hours each day just be­ing a dog. He has end­less en­thu­si­asm, loves to play as hard as he works, and is fully en­er­gized with the sight of a toy.

At the end of the day, we close our eyes con­tent with our part­ner­ship and what we have ac­com­plished and look for­ward to what to­mor­row holds.

Nathan is my for­ever hero. He has my heart and I am grate­ful for his lov­ing spirit and guid­ing eyes.”

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