Most states have state birds and state flowers. And, at least 13 have state dogs. Many reflect their homegrown origins, like Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Massachusetts’ Boston Terrier and the Alaskan Malamute from our 49th state. Others, like the “working dog” in New York, are intended to honor broader categories of canines. Recently, New Jersey has joined that category.
On January 21, 2020, New Jersey named the Seeing Eye® dog as its state dog. The Seeing Eye, based in Morristown, NJ, was first established in 1929 and is the world’s oldest existing guide dog school. Training and providing Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, and German Shepherd guide dogs for the blind, the organization has been a source of pride in New Jersey for over 90 years. Each Seeing Eye dog is born and raised at the Morristown facility before being paired with a blind individual in the U.S or Canada.
“As The Seeing Eye wraps up its 90th anniversary year, we are so honored that the great state of New Jersey has recognized the important role that Seeing Eye dogs have in the lives of the people who raise, train, and own them,” said Seeing Eye President & CEO Glenn Hoagland. “When our non-profit was founded, few people believed dogs could contribute to the health and wellness of humankind in the myriad of ways they do today. The work of our founders paved the way for acceptance of assistance animals in society, eventually leading to their incorporation into the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
The Seeing Eye has been a pioneer in assistance animal training since its outset. Today, they continue to provide blind individuals across the country with mobility support and greater independence. In total, the Seeing Eye counts over 17,000 guide dogs pairing among its success stories.
For more information on The Seeing Eye, see these previous posts on Mutts;
Happy Birthday Seeing Eye and At Your Service
And visit www.SeeingEye.org