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Vancouver Celebrates Guide Dog Graduation, Complete With Graduation Caps

Guide Dog Graduation

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Vancouver held a ceremony last week, complete with caps and gowns, to honour its newest graduating class of guide dogs.

The four-legged friends donned their little hats and guide dog gowns, after completing courses with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

“Today’s graduating dogs will play life-changing roles in the lives of Canadians with sight loss from Vancouver to Iqaluit to St. John’s and many communities in between,” said Angela Bonfanti, Vice-President, CNIB Foundation.

There were five pairs who graduated in Vancouver, each dog with their human counterpart.

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From this point on, the world is the dogs’ oyster, as they can go into three career paths. They could work as guide dogs, ambassadors, or buddy dogs.

While guides help sight impaired people, ambassadors partner with CNIB staff to promote organization at community events. Buddy dogs teach kids how to care for animals, so they know how to work with a guide dog in the future.

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While there were ceremonies throughout Canada, with the Vancouver ceremony featuring four buddy dogs and one guide dog.

“At CNIB Guide Dogs, we raise, train and match dogs with Canadians who are blind or partially sighted,” said Bonfanti. “We also raise our voices to ensure people with sight loss have opportunities to live, work and play without barriers.”

For other news in the city, read about the weather to come in Vancouver. Or check out an event this week and visit the Santa Claus Parade

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