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Caitlin H
Welcome to Caitlin H's guide dog journal,
* The profile below was kept intact, and was written before I, Caitlin, attended GDB. I will tell you that I graduated from Guide Dogs For the Blind in San Rafael on July 29, 2006, with a male black lab named Lancaster. This is the chronicle of that experience. I hope you enjoy.

Hi, I'm Caitlin H. For those of you who don't know me, I'm a sixteen-year-old, soon-to-be-junior from California. I go to a regular public high school, and I just happen to be blind (who knew?). Anyway, during the summer of 2006, I will be attending Guide Dogs For The Blind (GDB for short) in San Rafael, California. I leave for the establishment July 2nd, and graduate July 29th. If I'm successful, that is, which i hope to be. This journal will be a chronicle of my experiences at GDB. I'll try to update it as much as I can. If you want more details, or possibly more frequent updates, check out my regular journal at
. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at
or comment here. I'll get it either way. If you don't have a LiveJournal (like if you're one of my family or friends whom I sent here), you can still comment. Just check the Anonymous button and identify yourself in the body of the comment. :)
Check back soon for more updates!

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This is a LiveJournal community where guide dog handlers, soon-to-be guide dog handlers, and really anyone who is interested in guide dogs in any way, shape or form can share ideas, questions and tips. It's an awesome place, and it introduced me to a lot of the handlers i know today.
My friend Charlene and I coincidentally will be attending GDB at the exact same time. An online friend from Canada, Char will be keeping this journal about her guide dog experiences. It might be fun to see what our journals have in common, since we'll be going through more or less the same process at the same time...Two perspectives are always fun.
My long time friend Derek C will also be going to GDB with Char and I, although this was not a coincidence. For many years, Derek and I planned to go to Guide Dog school at the same time. Derek's not keeping a special guide dog journal, but his regular livejournal is at
, and I promise to do everything in my power to make him update while we're at GDB.
This is my friend Amanda's journal. She just got her first guide, Hester, from "The Seeing Eye", a guide dog school in New Jersey. Check out these witty, informative chronicles of her time at The Seeing Eye. She will blow you away!
Another of my friends, Heather, is going to go to a guide dog school in Canada. This will be her journal.
This is another friend, Caitlin, who is going to The Guide Dog Foundation in New York. This will be her diary of her experiences, so dig it!
Like Amanda, my friend Andrew will be going to The Seeing Eye to get his first guide dog in July.
My friend Christy is going to the GDB campus in Portland, Oregon, also during July. Although she has not made a special journal for her experience, see her LJ tags to easily find entries relating to her training.
One of my pals, Tif, is planning to go to GDB in May of 2007. n this community, she will be chronicling her entire experience, from the application process to graduation.
* Andrew, Caitlin L, Christy, Char, Derek and Heather will be going to guide dog school at the same time as me, and that's just cool. 2006 is seriously the year to get guide dogs. It's very strange.
* My friends Rosie and Cindy also went to Guide Dog School in 2006, but their journals are friends only.
This is my friend Olivia's account of the acquisition of her first guide dog, yahzee. Check it!
My friend Meghan also kept a journal while she was getting her guide dog, Jade.
Other Handlers I Must Acknowledge
These people answered a lot of my never-ending questions about Guide Dogs, and comforted and advised me during the arduous process of applying and waiting for acceptance, and for the day to leave for GDB. Keep in mind that many people helped me along the way, but these four have been through it all, and were always there to listen to my frequent (and often quite lame) questions.
A big thanks also goes out to Mr. S, my VI teacher, Mr. C, my Mobility teacher, Mrs. H, my Resource teacher, and the awesome staff at my high school, who not only accepted the fact that I wanted a guide dog, but applauded it with vigor.
And, perhaps most important, a huge thanks to my Mom, Debbie, Dad, Mark, and sister, Courtney, who encouraged my decision to get a guide dog, and told me I would make it through.

Let me know if you know of any other LJ's about guide dogs specifically that you'd like me to add.
Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon!
Caitlin H.
Final Thanks
Thanks to my instructors:
Darren W
Heather C
Pat K
Pete O
Kelly C
Kelly ? (stand-in supervisor)
Stephanie ?
Roee ?
And to my classmates and their new guides, in no particular order: