PINE TREE GUIDE DOG USERS
(P T G D U)
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Upcoming events for 2018
Fall P T G D U meeting
The P T G D U fall meeting is currently scheduled for November, 3, 2018 at the Dunkin Donuts at 22 Western Avenue in Augusta, Maine. An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting along with instructions and directions.
2018 White Cane Walk
The P T G D U White Cane Walk will be on Saturday, October, 13, 2018. This year, we will be joining other walkers at the Iris Network in Portland, Maine. Details to follow.
Previous events in 2018
Summer P T G D U meeting
The P T G D U summer meeting was held on August, 4, 2018 at the Dunkin Donuts at 22 Western Avenue in Augusta, Maine. Meeting notes to be posted.
Spring P T G D U meeting
The P T G D U Spring meeting was held on May 5, 2018 at the Dunkin' Donuts at 22 Western Avenue in Augusta, Maine. Meeting notes to be posted.
Winter P T G D U meeting
The P T G D U Winter meeting was held on February 3, 2018 at the Dunkin' Donuts at 22 Western Avenue in Augusta, Maine. Meeting notes to be posted.
- For those who haven't seen it yet, Bill Greens Maine featured a piece which aired on WCSH in Portland and WLBZ in Bangor discussing the distinction between service animals and comfort animals. Mr. Green interviewed P T G D U President, Pauline Lamontagne and First Vice President, Lynn Merrill. It will hopefully educate some business owners and others who might not understand the distinction.
- Augusta City Council Discusses Pedestrian Traffic
Recently, Lynn Duplessis and Queeg, Pauline LaMontagne and Anouk and Bruce Prindall attended an Augusta City
Council meeting where one of the topics was
Lynn had an opportunity to speak to the council. Below is an excerpt from the Kennebec Journal On Line
The accidents prompted Mahaleris, as well as Lynn Duplessis, a resident with visual impairment who frequently
negotiates the busy city streets with her 12-year-old
guide dog, Queeg, to meet with councilors Thursday night to talk about pedestrian safety.
They're looking for ways to prevent more tragedies.
"It is especially difficult to remain safe on Augusta's streets" for someone with visual impairment, said
Duplessis, first vice president of the Pine Tree Guide Dog Users.
"I'm extremely capable of getting around the city with my cane or guide dog. The problem is the drivers. They
absolutely no attention."
"When pedestrians are crossing, the drivers don't stop. They're on the phone or they just have tunnel vision and
blow right through."
- A copy of the P T G D U membership application
form (in RTF format) is now available for download.
- Useful Information For Air Travelers With A Guide Dog: Air Travel
for Guide Dog Handlers, a document originally issued by the GDUI Legislative Committee in
December, 2010, was recently updated. The updated version of that document now appears in the
GUIDE DOG INFORMATION AND RESOURCES section of this website.
What To Expect If You're Blind Or
Visually Impaired And Use A Service Dog, a complementary document
issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in
November, 2010 also appears there.
- A new page, Disability.Gov
Resources, has been added to the P T G D U website.
On that page, you'll find an overview of and links to the different
sections of a Federal government website that provides links to
thousands of resources for people with disabilities.
- P T G D U president Pauline Lamontagne reports on her January 2010
Caribbean cruise and offers practical advice for first-time guide dog
team cruisers. You can read Pauline's story,
Time Cruising With A Guide Dog" as well as many other stories
and articles in the "Our
Stories" section of this web site.
- Bobbi LaChance, a P T G D U member, tells of her presentation about
guide dogs to students of the Poland Springs Academy. You can read
Bobbi's story, "What
To Do On A Rainy Day" as well as many other stories and
articles in the "Our Stories"
section of this web site.
- Hope Paulos, a P T G D U member, recently completed a half marathon in
Florida. Listen to Hope?s
interview discussing the event on the ACB Radio program
"Blind Like Me" in the "Our
Stories" section of this web site.
- Sue Martin adds to the collection of P T G D U members' growing number
of articles about their guides in
Crosses the Rainbow Bridge", an article about the passing of
her third guide.
- P T G D U member Anja Geleney joins the ranks of members who contribute
stories about their guide dogs. Read "From
Cane to Guide Dog" in our Stories section.
- Information about accommodations for service animals at Fenway Park
as well as State of Maine sales tax exemptions has been posted in the
DOG INFORMATION AND RESOURCES section of this web site.
Pine Tree Guide Dog Users (P T G D U) is a nonprofit organization whose
purpose is to promote the well-being of dog guide users in Maine. Founded
in 1997 with some financial support from the American Council of the Blind
of Maine and a lot of energy and hard work from our founding members,
P T G D U includes folks who are dog guide handlers, folks who raise puppies
destined to become dog guides, and folks who are interested in working
dogs of all kinds.
Pine Tree Guide Dog Users is an affiliate of the American
Council of the Blind, the American Council of the Blind, and of the Guide Dog Users, Inc.
The Pine Tree Guide Dog Users hold quarterly meetings in various
locations in Maine. Meetings are scheduled on the first Saturday of
February, May, August, and November. Meetings generally consist of a
luncheon with a guest speaker followed by a business meeting. All members
of P T G D U are encouraged to attend our meetings. If you have an issue that
you would like to discuss, please contact our President, Pauline
Lamontagne, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our members come from throughout the State of Maine and their dog
guides have trained at a number of the many dog guide schools located in
the United States. Here are some of the schools at which our P T G D U members
So, what's it like to work and live with a dog guide? Read the
of some of our members and others on this subject.
GUIDE DOG INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Find links to all sorts of information about
guide dogs on this page.
Find links to all sorts of information about
resources for people with disabilities on this page.
P T G D U MERCHANDISE
Show off the Pine Tree Guide Dog Users (P T G D U) logo!
Our yellow lab in harness printed over the state of Maine looks
great on our high quality tee's and sweat shirts! P T G D U T-shirts
are 100% pre-shrunk cotton:
Adult sizes $15 (S, M, L, XL); Childrens size $13 (M, L)
P T G D U Sweat shirts are heavy duty 50% cotton-50% polyester:
Available in adult sizes only $25 (M, L, XL)
(All prices include shipping and handling)
To order, send check or money order payable to Pine Tree Guide Dog Users to:
Six Lee Street
Winslow, Maine 04901-7251
For additional information, send Bruce an email.
If you live in Maine and are interested in raising a puppy destined to
become a guide dog, you can contact Pat Webber at 207-338-5520 or
Directions to Dunkin' Donuts in Augusta, Maine
For those arriving via the Maine Turnpike / Route 95, take exit 109A. After both exits merge, stay to the right to go east onto Western Avenue / Route 202. Continue for roughly one and a half miles. Just after your sixth traffic light Sewall Street, Dunkin' Donuts is on the right. DD.'s tel no.: 207 622 3667
For those arriving via State Street OR west via Route 202, take the Western Avenue exit and Dunkin Donuts will be visible on your left about one tenth of a mile up.
There is a short side street between Domino's Pizza and Dunkin' Donuts with parking near the drive through. The rear entrance has two sets of double doors, both opening to the right as you enter. Immediately after the second door, the bathrooms are on the left. The ladies room is to the left and the men's to the right. The meeting room is on the left about six feet after the bathroom area.
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This web page revised on May 7, 2017.