GDUES Membership Meeting 4.14.18
7:30 p.m. via conference call
641-715-3276 pin 511527 #
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Roll Call
Annie Chiappetta, President; Mike Golfo, Vice president (absent); Nancy Murray, Secretary; Jim Pulsoni, Treasurer; Joan Lee, board member; Eric Brinkman, board member; Rita Pulsoni, board member; Meghan Schoeffling, board member.

President: How do we stay cohesive when we are so spread out? Discussion
Budget and website
Vice President: no report
Treasurer: budget

Old Business: Still have biscuits
New Business/Committee Reports
Legislative Weekend: Meghan2019 Convention
International Guide Dog Day April 26: Annie
Staten Island Yankees fundraising: $5 each ticket sold; Annie
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Hello all,
We are pleased to announce a link to help our guide dog handler community when faced with a RideShare refusal. This web document has important links and information for you.

RideShare and TLC Fact Sheet RideShare and TLC Fact Sheet   Have you been denied a ride because of your guide dog? Read the information collected here for important links. GDUES is dedicated to assisting all guide and service dog handlers at those times when your rights are being ignored. For sugge...

Free Eye Exams for your Canine Partners Register now!
Board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico are prepared to provide more than 7,500 service and working animals with free eye exams during the month of May as part of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO®)’s 11th annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event.

Online registration for owners/agents for the animal(s) opens April 1 at www.ACVOeyeexam.or...g and closes April 30.

To qualify, service and working animals must be active, working animals that have been trained through a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. View the qualifications at

For more information, visit

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The ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam is a philanthropic event that provides free, ocular screening eye exams to qualified Service & Working Animals each May. These exams are provided by those members of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists who choose to participate and v...

It still isn't too late to come on our annual legislative committee call: 641-715-3276 pin is 511527 #

It's NATIONAL PUPPY DAY! Where would guide dog users be without the puppy raisers? We want to recognize your efforts and celebrate puppy kisses, puppy breath, and sweet, silly moments. Woof!

Guide dogs and poetry -- what could be more meaningful? Read the blog post from a guide dog school that combined the passion and love for their canine companions with help from the Japanese haiku tradition.

Love in Seventeen syllables February 19, 2018 | Filed under blindness Guide dogs Poem Relationships Uncategorized Writing Life Hello readers, an interesting thing happened the other day after posting a humorous haiku about poo to the email list belonging to my guide dog school training program. The....…/la-fi-delta-animals-20180119-story…

Good dog, bad dog ... Delta wants to know before you board. By DAVID KOENIG The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) - Delta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it's trained to behave itself. The airline says complaints about animals biting or soiling plane cabins have nearly doubled sinc...

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Delta Air Lines has added new requirements for passengers who fly with service or support animals in response to an increase in bites, defecation and other incidents.
Thank You Verona January 18, 2018 | Filed under blindness Guide dogs Poem Relationships Uncategorized Writing Life I got on the bus last week and took out my cell to pass the time. I opened Face Book and fingered through my status and read that it has been 9 years since I met Verona. I shared the mi...

At Ruffwear, we believe in the extraordinary work of guide dogs. In appreciation we’re inviting guide dog users to join our Ruffwear Professional Purchase Program providing a 40 percent discount on all Ruffwear gear. Visit to sign up today.

For more information contact Greg Freyberg, Specialty Product Line Manager 541-306-4132

Ruffwear’s Pro Purchase Program is a membership program for qualified industry partners and professionals to purchase product at preferred pricing.

Happy New Year to all our members and their families. wags to our canine members, too.

From a colleague of mine who wrote a review of my new book:…/the-bookshelf-review-of-fo…/12

Ann Chiappetta’s second book entitled "Follow Your Dog, A Story of Love and Trust," is a memoir about growing up with low vision and how becoming a guide dog handler changed her life. Ann took me on a journey through her world as she reflected on the loneliness of growing up visually impaired but ...

Hi folks,
I am so excited to announce the official launch and first book signing event for FOLLOW YOUR DOG A STORY OF LOVE AND TRUST. The signing will take place before and after the graduation ceremony at Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. The date is Saturday, December 9 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and the address is 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights. 10598. Go to for directions. Why not come on by and pick up a copy and while y...ou’re there, take the kennel tour or stay for the graduation ceremony, you won’t be disappointed.

If you can’t make the book signing, there is still more than enough time to order it for the holidays from Amazon, just go here:
I hope we meet you there – Bailey would love for you to take his pawtograph.
Please read on for other opportunities to hear about the book.
On December 7 at 6 p.m. Central time, I will be a guest on the Disability and Progress radio show being broadcast from Twin Cities Minnesota. The Disability and Progress show information is KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis 106.7 FM ST. Paul and the website is

If you can’t tune in, on December 11 at 7 p.m. eastern time, I will be the guest author on a telephone conference broadcast called Branco Broadcast, go to for the call-in information. If you miss the shows, no worries, listening links will be added to the interview page of my author’s website

Thanks for reading and here’s to a blessed and happy holiday season.

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind has provided assistance for blind and visually impaired people with trained Guide Dogs, at no-cost to the blind and visually impaired, since its inception in 1954. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a non-profit, 501c3 charitable organization supported entirely by private donat...

Hi, this is Bailey, Annie's guide dog. Tell your dog to go fetch or find her new book, FOLLOW YOUR DOG A STORY OF LOVE AND TRUST. I am on the front cover because I am so handsome. Visit to read the first 10 pages or purchase various eBook formats or the print copy. When you get it, don't leave it where the puppies can get it! Woof!
The photo below is of me on a dock with the blue sky and water reflecting everything like a mirror and was taken by my first Mom, Pat Weber.

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FLYER for Follow Your Dog.pdf
Follow Your Dog

A Story of Love and Trust

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Web page for author Ann Chiappetta.…/rundown/19-states-cracking-fake-serv…/…

These 19 states are cracking down on fake service dogs

BY Michael Ollove, Stateline October 16, 2017 at 10:29 AM EDT

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The American Humane Association, which promotes the welfare and safety of animals, says there are 20,000 service dogs working in the U.S.

Service Animal Users-We want to hear from You!

Are you a US resident (Age 18+) who uses a service animal or other animal that assists you with your disability? If not, are you the parent of a child who uses such an animal?

If so, the Southwest ADA Center ( would like to learn about your experiences with accessing public places with your animal. We invite you to complete the following anonymous survey at: ...…/37735…/Assistance-Animal-Survey

For questions or additional information, please contact Marisa Demaya via email at

Thank you for your time,
The Southwest ADA Center

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The Southwest ADA Center is the Southwest's leading resource on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability rights laws. The Center is part of the ADA National Network funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Great call tonight, folks! Thanks for being there and working on our affiliate.