Quinte Area Lions

Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides

This is why we foster puppies and why we support the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guide Program!

The following was written by Tammy Wash, a recipient of Kiwi, a dog guide graduate.

Watching the virtual Grad last night brought back the flood of memories and feelings of when the Fruit and I graduated. The excitement, apprehension and nervousness I felt before we left the school and when we got home. First the excitement of having this new partner by my side who was going to help me medicate through life with a disability. Second the apprehension of when we got home and thinking oh my god did I make the right decision am I going to be able to do this, not only look after myself but look after the Fruit as well. Thirdly the nervousness of going out with the Fruit by my side in full uniform would bring more attention to my disability and can I look after her the way that she deserves to be looked after.

As the tears were running down my face thinking of those memories and feelings I couldn’t have been more wrong! Kiwi is the best decision I have made in a very long time. I had no idea how she would change my life for the better. I think I could write a book on how Kiwi (a.k.a. the Fruit, an Apricot Standard Poodle could and would opened up a new and different world that I wasn’t expecting.

We have had great adventures, opened up my neighbourhood as I never bothered to explore, brought new people into my life that I now consider good friends which I probably would never have met. Kiwi has gotten me through some really bad times. We have encountered people with negative attitudes towards people with disabilities, Service Dogs, access to public places with Service Dogs this list is long! However the good that has come out of this partnership, this love for one another this lifetime commitment is one hell of an incredible journey! The comment “it’s just a dog“, I say yes just a dog! kiwi is just the dog that helps me remove my clothing, just the dog that opens doors for me, just the dog that helps me make the bed, just the dog that picks things up off the floor, just the dog that helps me get dressed, just the dog that helps me with the laundry! Kiwi is also just the dog that literally save my life twice!

So I say to all the new Grads who are experiencing their first Dog Guide I say to you, you are in for an incredible journey! You’ll experience good times and bad times, hard times and easy times but you will experience it and go through it with this incredible new partner your life will be forever changed for the better!

Remember when someone says to you “it’s just a dog“, turn and say to them “yes it’s just the dog that has changed my life for the better”!

 

Thank you to our Sponsors

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Anonymous

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Ingrid Zorge

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Jacqui Whiting

What a wonderful fundraiser for such a good cause. Happy to support you and Lions in this, Gail. Good luck!

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Anonymous

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Mary Ann Mcelroy

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Gail Faulkner

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Kelly Mcaleer

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Christy Clark

Janet, thanks for giving all of us a chance to support this really important cause. I admire both your and Harry's commitment to Canada Dog Guides!

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Sherry Carette

Keep up the good work!

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Mary Huissen

So proud of you and what you do Janet!

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Marg Stanford

Good Luck. Janet!

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Betsy Sinclair

Hope you reach your goal this year in such difficult times.

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Belleville Pet Valu Store 2079

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Sue & Terry

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Debbie Rankin

It's a good thing!

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Wendy & Rick Matthews

Way to go Janet! Such a worthy cause. All the best reaching your goal.

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Barbara Lyons

Janet Bless you for taking on this wonderful challenge. I will be cheering you along Barb

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Margaret Kraenzlein

keep up the good work

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Anonymous

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Prince Edward County Lions

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Prince Edward County Lions Club

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Zoe Houston

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Prince Edward County Lions Club

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John Whyte

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Sharron Hewer

Way to go Janet!

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Bruce And Joanne Nicholson

Great cause. Thank you for your efforts !

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Courtney Magee

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Neil Dickens

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Prince Edward County Lions Club

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Anonymous

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Reinie Marissen

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Deirdre Magee

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Judy Mcknight

Best wishes for a successful campaign....I hope you overreach your goal!

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Jenn Soutar

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Sandra Stevenson

Thanks for supporting such a great cause, Sheila

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Prince Edward County Lions Club

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Pam Smith

Good luck Gail, I am proud to support such a wonderful cause.

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Prince Edward County Lions Club

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Prince Edward County Lions Club

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Malcolm Ross

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Prince Edward County Lions Club

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Anonymous

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Susan Genereaux

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Lisa Macdonald

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Kathy Marchen

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Sheila Ascroft

Thanks for doing this!

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Suzanne Moulton

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Suzanne Moulton

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Seona Halsey

Such a great cause, Gail.

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Joannie Karschau

Happy to help with this amazing cause

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Mary Carol Black

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Phyllis Sawyer

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Carol Mary Casey

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Prince Edward County Lions Club

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Prince Edward County Lions Club

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Maryse

Go, Sheila! Go Frida!🤗👏🏻🤗

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Phil

Trot on

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Janet

Hi Betty, Here is your first donation

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Marilyn Wilson

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Kathleen Wilson

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Marilyn Wilson

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Anonymous

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Heather Beaumont

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