I have been a blind person all of my life. When I was twenty-one, I got my first guide dog. They have been a real gateway in my life. I can’t imagine how my life would be without them now. I have two degrees. I managed a medical facility; I was consulting director or surgical consultant, I created the position. I directed for many years. I have two doctorates in Theology and Psychology. The dog was a gateway for me to go to school. I have traveled extensively throughout the United States with my dog. I wrote the book Venture’s Story, about my guide dog, in which I allowed Venture to tell his own story. I am not a typical person, I really like to get outside and mix it up. A lot of funny things happen to me because I am out a lot.
I love music and studying. I enjoy meeting people and animals.
I became involved with animal issues when I began using a guide dog. I was dragged into it whether I wanted to or not. It is a process. There are many People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) people who really feel that it is wrong to use a dog for any type of service. They feel that we are enslaving the dogs. I have been stopped many times on the street to be lectured about my enslaving of these poor dogs. I would say that in the last ten years, this has become more common. I lived in Palm Springs one summer, where it can become very hot. I was on the bus (I don’t drive much!), and the