Seeing Eye Dogs: Thank a German Shepherd Dog Breeder

Dorothy Harrison Eustis was an American philanthropist, former police dog trainer, and German Shepherd Dog breeder whose work with German shepherds led her to co-establish and endow The Seeing Eye, Inc., now the oldest existing guide dog school in the world.  By the time of her death in 1946, The Seeing Eye had supplied more than 1,300 guide dogs to the blind. Take a look below at some special footage of the early days found on the website, Medium:


Morris Frank, co-founder of The Seeing Eye, was the first person to be partnered with a Seeing Eye dog. Learn how he got involved here.

Image: Statue of Morris Frank and his dog Buddy was unveiled in 2005 and is titled “The Way to Independence.” It was created by John Seward Johnson II and captures the pair in mid-stride, with Frank motioning his hand ahead as if he is giving Buddy the “forward” command. Photo taken by John Seward Johnson II (Kritzolina) – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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