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The Writer’s Almanac for April 25, 2017: The Necessary Brevity of Pleasures

Apr. 25, 2017: on this day: first Seeing Eye dog presented

On this day in 1928, Buddy, the first Seeing Eye dog, was presented to Morris S. Frank. Frank had lost the use of one eye in a childhood accident, and the other in a boxing match as a teenager. He had used a young boy as a guide, but found that he “got bored easily” and sometimes abandoned Frank for more interesting things. At age 19, Frank contacted a woman in Germany who was training dogs to be guides for WWI veterans who had been blinded on the battlefield by mustard gas. Buddy was shipped over to the United States to become Frank’s companion. “Buddy delivered to me the divine gift of freedom,” Frank said. The dog became such a celebrity that an obituary appeared in the newspapers about his death in 1948.