Guide Dogs & Dogs

Good day everybody, 


we tried to find an article at low-intermediate level, a few others are advanced level, they are for a next time. Trust yourselves, and very soon you all will be able to read them.

It's impressive how so many times human life depends on a dog's one. We found this article about guide dogs, "someone" we have to rely on when blind.

Never met people who can't see? Never realized how many times we use expressions like "See you" and how kindly they reply?

Never met people with guide dogs? Never spoken to them?

What a sensitivity and fantasy they have, being capable of living in the dark, continuously developing strategies to cope with the reality they can't see. 

If you have anecdotes or stories, please tell us, we would be so pleased to know them. 

It would also be great to read your stories about your dogs, if you have any. You know, sometimes we talk about animals just to learn how to speak about humans. 

To practice your low-intermediate English, you can reply to these questions related to the article:

1. What is "The Seeing Eye"?

2. When was it founded?

3. Who founded it?

4. What breed of dogs are trained at "The Seeing Eye"?  

5. How many puppies are raised each year?

6. What happens to an eight-week-old puppy?

7. What happens after that?

8. How long does the training last? 

Enjoy your English, very soon one more demanding text for everybody to read and practice on. See you in class.

Anna - Coordinator 

Source: Speak Up, February 2014 





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0 #2 samuele 2014-02-23 20:33
My dog's name is Ringo.It is an half-caste, a cross between a labrador and a maremma sheepdog. It is black but it has got white patches on the belly and on the four paws. It is very affectionate, calm, lazy and greedy, in fact it is overweight. It lives with my grandparents and every Sunday I go to find them. When it sees me, it starts to run because it is happy and wants to play with me. When I eat it calls me with its paw because it wants something to eat. Every time I take it for a walk and it hunts always lizards. I love it so much. For me, having a dog is like having a playmate and with it I never get bored.
0 #1 Cristina Gianfaldoni 2014-02-16 20:08
1)”The Seeing Eye” is a school where dogs are specially bred and trained to guide blind people and where blind people are taught to use them.
2) It was founded in 1929.
3) Morris Frank.
4) They are German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers or Golden and Labrador mixes.
5)”The Seeing Eye” raises about 650 puppies per year.
6) The puppy lives for 10 to 13 months in the home of a volunteer “puppy-raiser”.
7) The young animal gets used to many everyday noises and situations.
8) The dog returns to “The Seeing Eye” for four months of training.

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