Leader Dogs for the Blind would not exist today if it wasn’t for Lions Club International.
If it wasn’t for Danny Murphy, a member of the Killeen Noon Lions Club, there would be no leadership and promotion of dogs for the blind in Lions Club District 2X-3, which serves Central Texas.
Legally blind himself, he shared his own personal story about training, the use of a cane and his leader dog “Gerde,” a black lab, at the Feb. 26 meeting of the Harker Heights Lions Club.
Murphy, who serves as chairman of the program in this area of the state, explained that he began loosing vision after a series of strokes. After predicting that the vision problem was not getting any better, his optometrist talked to him about the possibility of getting a dog.
Three months after his local eye doctor suggested he get a dog, he made the trip to Michigan to undergo the necessary training. “The training was wonderful. The facilities were fantastic,” he said. “The food was like eating at a five-star restaurant minus the wine.”
The Killeen Lions Club fully-sponsored him to attend the 26-day training where he was paired with his guide dog. For more information, go to leaderdog.org.