February 6th, 2022
2 min read

Reflecting on 2021

A collage of GDB volunteers, guide dog users, and puppies in training.

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! In this short article, I will reflect on the year 2021. 2021 was another eventful year. As COVID-19 continued to prevail, we all adapted to a new normal. I was amazed at the dedication and resilience of everyone involved in Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Pup Talk Blog has grown exponentially in 2021. We have written over 37 articles covering a variety of topics, including my puppy raising experience, other raisers' experiences in training and advocacy, the responsibilities of GDB employees, and most importantly, the partnerships between guide dogs and individuals who are visually impaired.

The conversations I've had with people across the country have truly been enlightening. Listening to the unique journeys of each guide dog user, including students, parents, and career professionals, allowed me to truly understand how important a guide dog is for people to navigate the world safely and confidently. Ultimately, guide dogs are exceptional tools that bring independence, hope, and the ability to pursue various passions.

Of course, none of this is possible without the amazing puppy raisers, sitters, breeder custodians, and employees of GDB. They have persevered through many unique challenges, and the transition to virtual interactions has built an even stronger organization. Their selfless commitment to service continues to benefit hundreds of lives.

To conclude, I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Pup Talk Blog thus far. With thousands of readers and followers, I would never have imagined that this project would grow to what it is today. I've enjoyed receiving numerous positive messages regarding the impact my articles have had. I hope to continue writing inspiring stories to build a more tight-knit GDB community and encourage others to contribute to building uplifting relationships.

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