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Bayside Welcomes Guests from Southeastern Guide Dogs

Bayside Pet Resort is so excited to be hosting three dogs from Southeastern Guide Dogs (SEGD) at each of our locations. The statues were painted by local artists and create a lovely talking piece in our lobbies. Each statue is inspired by a dog that was trained and placed with their human by SEGD. We invite you to meet these super cute pups and donate to SEGD to help with their mission of transforming lives. 

Buddy is inspired by Maggie, a Service Dog. “Boarding” at our Sarasota location. 

Hi! My name Buddy! When I grow up, I want to be like my friend Maggie. She’s a spunky yellow lab with a sweet personality. She’s also a highly-trained service dog and best friend to U.S. Army veteran John Gallagher. When John deployed to Afghanistan as a medic, he witnessed many people – including children – suffering injuries from IED blasts. Post-traumatic stress disorder followed, and now John relies on Maggie to stay by his side and give him a sense of calm. 

Beautifully created by artist Austin Gee.

 

 

Sky is inspired by Hope, a Gold Star Family Dog. “Boarding” at our Lakewood Ranch location. 

Hi! My name is Sky! When I grow up, I want to be like my friend Hope, a sweet black lab. She’s also a Gold Star Family dog and best friend to 8-year-old Talon. Talon was just 8 weeks old when he lost his father, a U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant who lost his life when enemy forces attacked his unit in Afghanistan. Talon and Hope share a very special bond. 

Beautifully created by artist Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr. 

 

 

 

 

Bella is inspired by Miracles, a Kids Companion Dog. “Boarding” at our Osprey location. 

Hi! My name is Bella! When I grow up, I want to be like my friend Miracles, a sweet black lab. She’s also a Kids Companion dog and best friend to a little girl named Millie. Millie’s been fighting cancer since she was just four, and she lost her vision from the effects of a brain tumor. During one difficult MRI, Millie’s grandmother prayed for a miracle. The next day, the phone rang and Millie was offered a Kids Companion dog – named Miracles! This affectionate dog gives Millie extra love, encouragement, and purpose. 

Beautifully created by artist Brandy Heinrich. 

 

Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people with dogs. We operate the most advanced training facilities of any service dog organization in the world. We create elite working dogs and provide life-changing services for people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military. A nonprofit with a national reach, we provide our premier dogs and lifetime services at no cost.

Learn more at GuideDogs.org or text the word Guidedogs to #44321 to donate now. 

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