April 25th is International Guide Dog Day.
All guide dogs are smart, talented and adorable creatures that deserve to be celebrated.
But we’re a little biased when it comes to service canines, because PEOPLE has it’s own Guide-Dog-at-Large, Murphy from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. We met Murphy when he was just a little puppy getting his first socialization experiences and followed him through his move to his puppy raisers, his training tests and his final steps toward graduation.
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To celebrate today’s special holiday, which honors Murphy and all other guide dogs, we checked in with the handsome Labrador to see what he is learning now.
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Murphy, no longer little, is now going through his final training at the Guiding Eyes for the Blind campus in Yorktown Heights, New York, perfecting all the skills he will need to know to lead a visually impaired owner.
If Murphy continues to excel like he has through his entire journey, he will graduate soon and be placed with his new owner.