JUNE 2024

[Image: The Vision Guide Dogs logo features a winding road with a guide dog standing in the center and "Vision Guide Dogs" printed in the upper-right corner. Next to the logo it reads "Navigate the World."]

Congrats to Our Grads!

[Image: VGD client Joel Lawson kneels on a sidewalk with his guide dog, Zola, in a sit-stay position next to him.]

Say hello to our latest graduates! We are thrilled to announce the newest Vision Guide Dogs team: Joel Lawson and guide dog Zola. After completing personalized one-on-one training in Joel's home community with Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (GDMI) Mark Hartridge, they are ready to navigate the world together. Their partnership is one built on trust and communication and represents the amazing bond between human and dog. Join us in celebrating Joel and Zola as they begin this new chapter together. We wish them many exciting adventures ahead!

Makers Studio Event Photos

[Image: Makers Studio co-owner and artist Kari Horny stands next to VGD advisor and volunteer Jeana Orman. They are standing in front of a gallery wall with colorful artwork featuring dogs.]

[Image: VGD volunteer Anna Hepp stands holding an original painting on canvas that her dog Belvedere painted. Belvedere is in a sit-stay position next to Anna, gazing up at her.]

[Image: VGD Puppy Program Manager and Board member Martha Menchaca stands in the center of the gallery with guide dog-in-training Elroy next to her in a sit-stay position.]

[Image: Makers Studio co-owner and artist Jeff Horny looks on as artist Toryn Autry works on a painting of a dog.]

[Image: VGD Board member Gail Walden kneels with her guide dog Mark next to her in a sit-stay position. In front of them is an easel displaying Mark's canvas painting.]

[Image: VGD Board members Beth Hepp and Jen Masucci stand behind the dog beer-tasting table.]

[Image: VGD puppy raisers Jon and Lana Reynolds stand in front of a gallery wall with guide dog-in-training Buddy in a sit-stay position between them.]

[Image: VGD Ambassador dog Zebo is in a down-stay position with an easel next to him displaying his canvas painting.]

[Image: VGD puppy sitter Jenny Cardenas stands with her son Jeremy while guide dog-in-training Joy is in a sit-stay position by her side.]

[Image: Guide dog-in-training Elroy is in a sit-stay position in front of an art stand displaying an original painting by artist and VGD client John Bramblitt.]

[Image: Nadia De La Garza of City Council District 1, and VGD volunteer, stands behind a bar with a table in front displaying various raffle prizes.]

[Image: An adorable dog being held in the arms of their human, an attendee of the event.]

Note of Appreciation

[Image: The exterior of Makers Studio which consists of gray painted brick, a bright green door, and two display windows decorated for the "Dogs in Art" Art Fair, benefitting Vision Guide Dogs.]

Creating, curating, and inspiring! Our team at Vision Guide Dogs would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Makers Studio owners and artists Jeff and Kari Horny for hosting the “Dogs in Art” Art Fair at their gallery, benefitting our mission. Jeff and Kari, your support helped us raise much-needed funds and awareness. The beautiful artworks on display and fun atmosphere you created made the event a memorable experience for us and all who attended. We deeply appreciate your generosity and dedication to our cause.

The success of the Makers Studio "Dogs in Art" Art Fair was also made possible by a group of generous donors in San Antonio and the surrounding area. Vision Guide Dogs would like to thank Austin-based artist V....Vaughan, local artists Randy Gay and Patti Schermerhorn, and Alamo Heights supporters Mike's Dog Store, Dogtopia Alamo Heights, AnArte Gallery, Barry Framing, and the Art Room by Juggling Daisies.


Events & Information

[Image: Announcement created by Manifest Academy which reads, "Save the Date: Manifest Academy Self-Determination Camp." There are a group of adults and children engaging in various activities.]

Manifest Academy Self-Determination Camp:

Attention families with children who are visually impaired or deaf-blind: Manifest Academy is hosting a free event to discuss topics such as technology and access, visual impairment and orientation and mobility (O&M) support, and life after school. Be sure to stop by the Vision Guide Dogs booth. Lunch will be provided and travel assistance is available, if needed. Besides being informative, families will get to have fun at Morgan's Wonderland after! Please click on the button below to register.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024

Time: 8am - 12pm

Admission Fee: Free (includes lunch)


Morgan's Multi-Assistance Center (The MAC)

5210 Thousand Oaks Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78233


[Image: Bright and colorful digital graphic created by The DoSeum which reads, "Beyond Limits: Sensory-friendly programming."]

The DoSeum Beyond Limits Event:

Calling all kids! We invite children and their families to join us for a sensory-friendly evening at The DoSeum. The Beyond Limits program creates a peaceful and inclusive environment that meets the needs of all young learners. The event consists of smaller crowds, assistive signage, accommodating accessories, exhibit modifications, and specialized staff. For more information about the event, click on the button below.

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Admission Fee: stay tuned for more information


The DoSeum

2800 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209


How You Can Help

[Image: A group puppy training session held at a home improvement store. VGD Puppy Program Manager and Board member Martha Menchaca stands in the center with guide dog-in-training Elroy in a sit-stay position in front of her and VGD puppy raisers Jon Reynolds and Annette Henessey stand to her right and left with guide dogs-in-training Buddy and Joy.]

Volunteer Opportunities:

Be the change you wish to see. If you're looking for a great way to help out in the community, our mission is calling you! For more info on VGD volunteer opportunities, please check out our website by clicking the button or contact us by email or phone.


Phone: (830) 206-0626


Just For Fun

[Image: Light blue plate with scalloped edges holds a variety of frozen dog treats shaped like paw prints.]

Frozen Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Treats:

"Paws" for a moment and cool off! Looking for the perfect cold treat to help your favorite four-legged friend cool down? Try this recipe for frozen peanut butter and banana treats:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (unsweetened, NO xylitol or other artificial sweeteners)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (unsweetened & preferably unsalted, NO xylitol or other artificial sweeteners)

1) Peel and mash the banana in a bowl

2) Add the yogurt and peanut butter to the mashed banana and mix well

3) Spread the mixture into an ice cube tray or silicone mold or spoon small dollops onto a parchment-lined baking sheet

4) Freeze for 2-3 hours or until completely frozen


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer.
  • To make without yogurt, mash 2 ripe bananas with 1/4 cup peanut butter

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Phone: (830) 206-0626

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Vision Guide Dogs is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Federal Tax ID 92-0898185