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Dharma Dog

A blind woman and her guide dog share a symbiosis that can become a spiritual bond for both.

It sucks being blind. I wouldn’t really know, because I’m not; but my 20-year-old student Darcy says this frequently, especially when she goofs at something a sighted person can do, like taking a proper selfie. She’s a good sport about it, though, and even adds the hashtag #blindgirlprobs to some of her Facebook posts. Today Darcy wants us to meet her friend for lunch at Schnipper’s in The New York Times building, just spitting distance from Times Square, the bane of every blind person’s existence.

It’s the last week of her four-week guide dog mobility class, and we’re both a little antsy to get away from The Seeing Eye in New Jersey, where she’s been spending the past month with 23 other blind kids and their dogs. This is her second dog; she has to go through this once every eight years or so, when she returns for a replacement dog. I, on the other hand, have been doing this training walk every four months for the past 11 years.

I’m nervous about our trek today. This is her... Continue Reading

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