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Sue, wearing a mask with Quan observing

A Dog’s Eye View

    In my 35 years of handling guide dogs, they’ve all seen some pretty bizarre things! This is about how dogs react to seeing or hearing something unusual. The first time I noticed such a reaction was when I was training with my first dog. Seeing Eye employs security guards who patrol the school […]

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Quan, the Seeing Eye dog, with no human attached

What Climbing A Mountain Taught Me About Teamwork

    Recently my husband, Jim, my Seeing Eye dog, Quan, and I climbed a mountain. The experience of this particular climb taught me lessons about teamwork I never learned in guide dog school. The beginning of the hike was fairly routine. Quan guided flawlessly and I followed his lead, turning when he turned, stepping […]

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A formal shot of Quan in harness

Intelligent Disobedience

Veterans Affairs uses a social media platform called Pulse. The other day I received a notification from Pulse about a book entitled Intelligent Disobedience. The concept of intelligent disobedience is not new to me as all of my Seeing Eye dogs have been trained to intelligently disobey me in certain circumstances. Interested, I downloaded and […]

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Martin and her Seeing Eye dog, Quan

American Airlines: One Month Later

How I Felt There are many misconceptions about blindness and blind people with which I’ve been successfully coping for over three decades. I’m often told, “We’re going to <fill in the blank> for your own good.” When flying the things with which the blank can be filled in range from “Move you to the bulkhead […]

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My “Quandary”

It’s a boy. It’s a *big* boy.   When Joan handed me his leash and told me his name, Quan, I was, what? What does it feel like when somebody gives you the next decade of your life? I have to admit my first feeling was that of humility. Seeing Eye was trusting me with […]

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Sue and Sadie, two days after coming home from Seeing Eye

In Memory of Gary Matoon

This news item was broadcast on the Fourth of July, twinty-nine years ago. I was at Seeing Eye, training with my first dog, Sadie. My instructor was Gary Matoon.   NBC News story, broadcast on July 4, 1985.   From Chapter 19, Her Name is Sadie   “Hello Ms. Wiygul, I’m Gary Matoon and I’ll […]

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Today, Jeri retires from a thirty-nine year career with Veterans Affairs. We’ll miss her. I’ve never known anyone who embodies the ideals of customer service so perfectly. I first met Jeri when I worked at the Birmingham VA medical center. Jeri worked at the VA Office of Information field office near the medical center. VA […]

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Credits for The Langoliers with my name circled.

The Director’s Chair

Lights, camera, action! My part on a Stephen King film Sue Wiygul Martin It’s a month into the filming of the movie The Langoliers. Today, we’re filming in the baggage claim area of the Bangor International Airport. I quietly encourage my Seeing Eye dog, Quoddy, to move forward to the place where the activity seems […]

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