A Day in My Life: Holiday Luncheon for Guide Dogs for the Blind

A week or so ago, I was invited to the holiday luncheon for Guide Dogs for the Blind, held at the St. Francis Hotel in Union Square (oh-so-posh!).

Such a wonderful event—celebrating the work of partnering a well-loved, well-socialized, well-trained dog with a visually impaired individual. You could have heard a pin drop in the large banquet room as speaker Tom Kowalski shared his story of waking up one morning with a strange headache—the first indicator he had a rare eye disease and would soon lose his sight. A hard journey lay ahead of Tom, but it was made much easier when Tom went to Guide Dogs for the Blind to be partnered with Dynamo, a big, mellow yellow lab.

Kudos to the St. Francis Hotel for letting many, many GDB dogs and puppies come along to the lunch. Toffee, my half-golden, half-lab breeder for GDB, came along with me. She was a hit; she was even recognized on the busy streets of San Francisco by some GDB staffers.

Toffee loved it. 🙂


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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Marilyn R says:

    Thank you for sharing, Suzanne! What a special event. Tears in my eyes as I read the blog. Blessings and Merry Christmas!