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Growing A Guide Dog with Chris Benninger

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Growing A Guide Dog with Chris Benninger

What goes into raising a dog qualified to be "the eyes of the world" to a blind person? Charly Kayle talks to Christine Benninger, the President and CEO of the incredible non-profit organization Guide Dogs for the Blind, about raising & training service dogs, the dangers of certifying a pet as a "therapy dog" who hasn't been trained in those skills, and how some GDB pups became stars of the new movie, "Pick Of the Litter".   

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On today's episode:

:20 - Chris's background and mission

3:55 - What makes a good guide dog?

11:45 - When dog's change careers

14:45 - Can dog's understand symbols?

17:15 - The consequences of fradulent paperwork for service animals

22:40 - Pick of the Litter

ChrisBenninger_282745597.jpgChristine (Chris) Benninger joined Guide Dogs for the Blind in April of 2014, bringing a wealth of non-profit and for-profit experience to her role as CEO and President. Prior to joining GDB, she spent 17 years leading the Humane Society Silicon Valley, where her progressive approach helped save the lives of tens of thousands of animals and greatly reduce pet overpopulation problems in Santa Clara County. Under her leadership, the organization was also able to raise $25.5 million to build The Animal Community Center -- the first facility of its kind in the country. Chris gives back to the community through her role on the board for non-profit Wildlife Impact, which is passionately committed to protecting the diversity of wildlife and natural habitats throughout the world. When she's not riding her bike, hiking or traveling, Chris hangs out with her four dogs: Theia, a career change Golden Retriever, who now serves as an ambassador for GDB, Hank, a Basset Hound, Bess, a three-legged Cattle Dog mix, and Petey, a Chihuahua.

 

 

 

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About Charly Kayle:

A self-professed #crazycatlady and dedicated dog lover, Charly loves ALL animals and living creatures. After decades of hosting top-rated morning shows across the country, Charly was pulled onto the healing path as a Reiki practitioner for both animals and people, in-person and long-distance.

She lives by the ocean in San Francisco with her two dogs & three cats, who help her run Charly Kayle Reiki: Healing Energy For People & Paws. She also serves as Events Manager at Vin Debut, a wine bar in the West Portal area of San Francisco. She believes animals & wine combine the best of both worlds! And shouldn't we manifest the best?