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Through Gilly's Eyes: Memoirs of a Guide Dog by [VanFossan, Matthew]
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Matthew VanFossan's book, Through Gilly's Eyes: Memoirs of a Guide Dog, started with a beer and a conversation with a friend. "Wouldn't it be great having Gilly tell our story?" he said. "He'd be making fun of me all the time." Gilly, VanFossan's first guide dog, became the narrator of this story as VanFossan experienced life with the blindness he once thought would be devastating. Gilly helped him get to where he is now, and the book is written as a tribute to him, to honor their six years together. After graduating from Oberlin College and living for a while in Brazil, Matt earned a master's in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 2012. He now lives with his wife, Rita, and his current guide dog, Achilles, in Santa Monica, California, where he is a counselor and singer/songwriter. "Gilly is still very present in my life. I think he would approve of the book, although he might say it wasn't quite like that." [Taken from an article in The McKnight Journal, April 11, 2013, by Dona Dreeland.] For more information about Matt and Gilly, go to www.guidingforlife.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 804 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988656701
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Volant Press Ltd.; 1 edition (14 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1H8SO6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #799,626 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My son has a Guide Dog and although this is the American version of the whole Guide Dog process, it is a very interesting insight, especially from the dog's viewpoint. Essential reading for anyone involved with a visually impaired person.
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Meet Gilly - a newly trained guide dog as she joins her new owner. it is a first for both of them and as the story unfolds you learn of their struggles and successes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Story of Acceptance and Growth 6 Feb. 2013
By Robin - Published on Amazon.com
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For me, this book was powerful example of our fundamental interconnectedness, and how it can manifest itself in many different ways. In this memoir, the relationship between a young man and his guide dog grows and deepens as they face numerous challenges together, and it seems that the foundation of their unique relationship opens us a space for broader connections amongst friends, family and community. I was reminded of the importance of both asking for help and offering help to others. Although American culture often promotes an ideal of individualism and total self-sufficiency, in actuality everyone needs help sometimes, and by reaching out to each other we strengthen our connections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Dog Story 7 Feb. 2013
By Lisa G - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading "Through Gilly's Eyes" by Mathew VanFossan. This is an extraordinary story of a young blind man's rocky journey in a sighted world. Who could not fall in love with Gilly as he narrates this beautiful memoir? You don't have to be a dog lover to appreciate Matt's and Gilly's amazing relationship-and to cheer for both of them on every page of this book. Be prepared to laugh and cry and to be thankful that you can read each word with two good eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hit my favorite list 19 Mar. 2015
By N. Nicholls - Published on Amazon.com
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This was one of my favorite dog stories I have read for years. I liked the writers style of seeing through "Gilly's eyes". I enjoyed the interaction and adventures of Matt and Gilly and honestly didn't want the book to end however on the other hand I had trouble putting it down. The challenges of learning to depend on a seeing eye dog was so interesting bringing into play things I had never realized. It isn't just taking the harness and start out walking with your companion, It requires so much trust on both sides. I'm sure at some point I will return to this book and read it once more. I thoroughly connected with Matt and the love for his dog.
5.0 out of 5 stars Puppy raiser loved this book 6 Feb. 2017
By Santa Barbara Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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Our family is now raising our first guide dog puppy and I bought this book hoping to get a little more perspective on what her life may be like. This book was a fascinating and informative read, though of course it tells us as much about the writer, who was the guide dog's person, as it does about the dog. A good insight on how the dog impacted his life and a great motivator for us as we raise a dog for someone else's service. I hope others will consider contacting Guide Dogs For The Blind to look into being puppy raisers for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 20 July 2013
By Forthright - Published on Amazon.com
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I met Matthew and Achilles for the first time last month and got to hear him sing, too. I was impressed by Matt's sweetness and presence and eagerness for new learning. I purchased and read his book and I am still reverberating with it. The story was heartwarming and engrossing (yes, I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. a couple of nights reading it). He really pulled off seeing the world from the point of view of a guide dog quite well and of course, I wept at the lovely ending. The way he portrayed himself through Gilly's wise, attentive eyes, was vulnerable, honest and loving. Nothing was left out of the emotional and spiritual journey of a young man navigating not only through being blind, but through adolescence and manhood, family and romantic relationship and the various cultural differences in the countries he visits, as well as the healing of a heart from turbulence to peace. Matt, I applaud your courage and perseverance, willingness to see and present yourself with such honesty and humor. I look forward to a sequel.
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