An Open Invitation to Humans and Guide Dogs

By Rose Martin, PAGDUS President

As the last snowflakes fall (hopefully) and spring awakens, Pennsylvania Guide Dog Users and Supporters (PAGDUS) is bounding into the new year. As a newly formed chapter of PCB, we wanted to extend a rousing welcome and open invitation for humans and guide dogs alike. Our membership is not only open to guide dog users, but those who support or are interested in guide dogs. We also welcome all dogs and humans, not just those living in Pennsylvania.

Our chapter meets on the second Wednesday of each even month at 7 or 7:30 p.m. EST, depending on the length of business and discussion topics. We will conduct business to start each meeting, then lead into the discussion. Those who are not members of PAGDUS are invited to call in for the discussion portion of our meetings. Our first meeting of 2019 included a lively discussion centered around traveling with a guide dog in the winter, as well as grooming tips and tricks. Future discussion topics we are exploring include, but are not limited to: how to know if a guide dog might be right for you, handling dog attacks, resources for dealing with dog emergencies such as injuries or illnesses, and educating business owners on the rights of service dogs and the difference between emotional support animals and service animals.

Our next meeting will be held on April 10, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. To join our conference calls, Dial: 641-715-0861 with Participant Pass code: 985255#. Be sure to subscribe to our chapter list serve to stay informed. Send a blank email to You will instantly receive an email response to which you need only reply to confirm.

During our December meeting, the following officers were voted in by acclimation.
President: Rose Martin
Vice President: Mike Gravitt
Treasurer: MaryAnn Grignon
Recording Secretary: Rebecca Ilniski
Membership Secretary: Bob Lichtenfels

It’s never too late to join our chapter for 2019. Please send a check to the PCB office with “PAGDUS” in the memo field. For current members of PCB/ACB, our dues are $2. If you are not yet a member of ACB or PCB, dues are $12. We hope you will consider joining us, and we hope you’ll pass the word along to others you know who might be interested.

If you have suggestions for future discussions or projects you’d like us to consider, contact me anytime or 215-756-1624. We have many exciting ideas and projects for the future, and we’re just getting started! Just like our trusted guide dogs, our chapter will enjoy plenty of work and play. Now, forward!

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