Client Stories

Winnifred Judge

Winnifred Judge

When Winnifred Judge, 94, first noticed a Fidelco guide dog team working together in downtown Branford, CT, nearly 50 years ago, she never believed she would be holding that harness. Winnifred remembers, “I was convinced you had to be completely blind, with absolutely no vision, to get a guide dog. So when I applied, I…

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SrA Michael Malarsie, USAF

SrA Michael Malarsie, USAF, and his Fidelco guide dog, “Xxon,” have an extraordinary story containing all the elements of an unforgettable movie: patriotism, war, drama, heroism, sadness, inspiration, love and triumph. But this is no movie script for Michael, it is very real. It is his life story. On January 3, 2010, in the remote…

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Lina and guide dog Quest

Lina Coral

When Lina C. was just a baby, her parents traveled from Colombia to the United States seeking treatment for the retinoblastoma that had spread to both of her eyes. Doctors saved her life, but Lina’s resulting blindness kept the family in the United States where they knew their daughter would have access to resources that…

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Karen Shaw Petrou and her guide dog

Karen Shaw Petrou

Karen Shaw Petrou is a powerhouse in the power center of America. She is co-founder and managing partner of Federal Financial Analytics, a Washington, D.C. consulting firm specializing in domestic and international financial services regulation. It’s not unusual to see Karen moving swiftly through the halls of…

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