“Courage to Dare: A Blind Woman’s Quest to Train Her Own Guide Dog”

By: Julie Johnson

Available in large print and Kindle digital formats

Rejecting the standard method of obtaining a guide dog, Julie, a blind woman, sets out on a quest to train her own dog as a guide. With a deep desire to combine her joy of dogs and her soul’s need to come to terms with the most secret, never confessed, doubts about her capabilities as a blind person, Julie chooses Monty, a stray, who tries hard to become a respectable guide dog. Together they set out on a year long journey to find trust in each other and in themselves. The pair struggle to find their way, delighting in the triumphs and trying not to be overcome with doubts they experience in the year leading up to the day Monty accompanies Julie to work for the first time. (Includes a training plan.)


Guide and Service Dog Equipment

On The Go

Provides guide dog harnesses, leashes, collars, relieving harnesses, tie downs, collar bells and other products.


Bold Lead Designs

Handcrafted leather dog leashes and service dog equipment


Raspberry Field

Service dog vests, bandanas, patches, leash and collar covers


Health and Nutrition


Primarily a dog food delivery service. They also have treats, toys and other essentials.



Primarily a pet food delivery service. They also have treats, toys and other essentials.



Safe, effective, organic, bug control


Springtime Inc.

All Natural Supplements for Dogs, Horses, & People


Humane Society First Aid Kit Suggestions

A list of what to include in a dog first aid kit


General Dog Products

King Wholesale

Provides a wide variety of grooming tools, crates, health care products, toys, bones and treats at reasonable prices. Easy to navigate site. Good customer service.



NAGDU guide and service dog ap

This innovative app provides general information about the state and federal laws that protect the civil rights of disabled individuals who use service dogs. The app contains the full texts of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and each of the state statutes that affirm the rights of those who use service dogs, as well as general guidance concerning access to specific types of establishments, such as hotels, restaurants, taxicabs, health care facilities and more. In addition, this app provides the ability to directly connect with a live advocate who has been specially trained to resolve access issues as they occur and send an email for more specific guidance. This app is provided by the National Association of Guide dog Users at no charge as a public service.


Advocacy Organizations

National Association of Guide Dog Users

The National Association of Guide Dog Users (NAGDU) is committed to providing information and assistance to the guide dog community throughout the United States.


Guide Dog Users Inc.

We strive to promote civil rights and enhance the quality of life for working guide dog teams. Drawing on the experiences and varied knowledge of its members, GDUI provides peer support, advocacy and information to guide dog users everywhere. In addition, GDUI works with public entities, private businesses and individuals to ensure that guide dog users enjoy the same rights to travel, employment, housing, and participation in all aspects of life that people without disabilities enjoy.


Training Resources

Suzanne Clothier

Relationship Centered Dog Training, books, videos and seminars.