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Through Gilly's Eyes: Memoirs of a Guide Dog by [VanFossan, Matthew]
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Length: 331 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews


"Matthew VanFossan has written a poignant and insightful book... His story is told as an adventure - as seen through the eyes of his guide dog, Guildenstern. It is a moving portrayal of the challengers and triumphs in the life of this extraordinary interdependent relationship of dog and owner... The writing style is engaging and the story is compelling... a situation that everyone can relate to dealing with life's challenges [and] finding ways to overcome them... a highly enjoyable and thought-provoking book."
- Mary Hulnick, Loyalty to Your Soul

From the Author

My guide dogs have been an important part of my life. Through Gilly's Eyes: Memoirs of a Guide Dog is a tribute to Gilly, my first guide dog, and the time we spent together. The book was over three years in the making and the writing process helped me to move on.

My current guide dog is Achilles, also a yellow Labrador. While he has a more lively personality, he follows in Gilly's footsteps with a keen sense of humor and a candid outlook on life. Achilles is also a writer and has his own blog at 

Here is one of Achilles' blog entries:

Matt has been smelling giddy with excitement about his latest PR coup. He got his name in the paper. Many papers, actually. Something called the Associated Press.

My name's there, too, of course, although I'm still having to share the spotlight with Gilly. Humph.

Here's what the article says: 
"VanFossan, who lost his sight in both eyes by age 22, has owned two Labs. He tried using a cane for six awkward months, then got a guide dog - a Lab named Gilly. Their time together became a book in January - Through Gilly's Eyes: Memoirs of a Guide Dog - and his second dog is Achilles.
'Achilles is a little more sensitive but is better at remembering. It's incredible. I can go to a new place just once or twice, and he'll have the route memorized. Sensitivity has its advantages,' VanFossan said."

Sensitivity?! Ha! I'd call it awesomeness! I'm a better guide than Gilly AND I'm way better looking! When is my book coming out? I'm hoping for full color illustrations.