This is Us # 410 - Amy Chow & Sylvia Earl

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This week we are on the campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA. I sat down in the play area with 60 puppies, Puppy Raising Specialist, Sharon Kret and others to learn how the dogs are trained, how they change lives and how this amazing service organization got started way back in 1942.

We’ll also profile noted oceanographer, explorer & author, Dr. Sylvia Earle, who was named by Time Magazine as the first Hero for the Planet. The former Chief Scientist for NOAA, has spent so much time on the ocean floor, colleagues call Earl, “Her Deepness.”

Later in the show, we'll take a look at amazing career of Olympic hero Amy Chow. A gymnast and a member of the famous Magnificent 7, the first American team to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Amy is now a practicing pediatrician.

Becca

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  1. SueK Fuller says:

    Thank you for the wonderful story on Guide Dogs for the Blind. My daughter Karen
    has been raising guide dogs since she was in high school. Right now, she is raising
    her ninth dog, Osaka,a golden retriever while attending college at Utah University in Salt Lake City, Utah. For our family it has been a wonderful experience to raise these
    special dogs. Besides being a lover of animals, it is amazing how these dogs can be trained to add so much to the life of a blind person. Each year, Karen and often one
    of her friends or family members make a trip to San Rafael, California for their
    “Fun Days” activities. This is a special time for raisers to receive their puppies, and to mingle with other raisers from the mountain west. Perhaps unknown to many, these raisers do not get paid to raise these dogs for a year, nor are given the food or toys that the dogs have for the year while in the raisers home. A small veterinarian fee is allowed for the dog to receive the necessary shots, etc. But, other than that, these raisers pay for the total expense of raising a guide dog. A true commitment on the raisers part, but a true love in believing what these dogs can accomplish. Thank you again for making the public a little more aware of what animals can do to contribute to enriching our lives.

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