Dogs’ Purpose, Love For Veterans Captured In Web Series


They are called “Dogs of Destiny.” They are Midnight Conway and Chenille. Each has a greater purpose in their dog life other than begging for treats and walks.

They are part of a field of 600 dogs scattered nationwide among the Southeastern Guide Dogs team. Based in Palmetto, Florida, the organization has created more than 3,200 guide-dog and service-dog teams since its inception in 1982. 

As its website says, “Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people with dogs… 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.”

The organization relies solely on private donations, and provides dog services to its recipients without cost.

It’s a wonderful partnership, and one that will be featured in a web video series that premieres on Friday. “Count on Me” will feature dogs participating in the group’s veterans’ programs.

A few particulars:

● Midnight is a facility therapy dog who helps the service men and women at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, open up and talk about their feelings.

 ●Taylor was given to a Gold Star family who lost a family member in the military.

● Conway is a black Lab that’s “a real character” and has a sweet story from his puppy raisers.

They will be featured in what is the first of seven web videos.

“We were looking to build a video series that could help communicate the mission of Southeastern Guide Dogs and show people the benefits from the services we offer,” said Muffy Lavens, a spokeswoman for Southeastern Guide Dogs

Dogs of Destiny will be aired on their website and on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Want to watch on a big screen? You can when using your smart TV, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, or Roku – open the YouTube app and search for Southeastern Guide Dogs.

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