Story of the Week: Killeen Noon Lions Club Helps Leader Dog Gerty
Many of our clubs provide support for guide dog programs and leader dog schools. Lion Bob Hollinger sent us this week’s story about the Killeen Noon Lions, and how the club helped a very special leader dog named Gerty.
After Danny Murphy received Gerty from the Leader Dog School in August 2009, he spoke to our club to tell us what a difference it made to have Gerty, and to thank us for being part of it. At the end of the program, we invited Danny to join our club and he agreed. During a Lions In Sight blood drive on Jan. 25, 2010, we learned that Danny didn’t have a fenced back yard for Gerty, and didn’t have the funds to have one built.
Our club’s funds were already committed for the year, but within 72 hours, our members made monetary commitments to buy the materials to fence the back yard. The couple that raised Gerty as a leader dog puppy, Jean and Dennis Hunter of Wausaukee, Wisconsin, also made a pledge toward the project. Our club began work on the fence on February 13, 2010.
We finished the fence within a few days, and made a presentation to Danny and Gerty when it was complete. The fence added a quality of life for Gerty, allowing her to run and play as a puppy.