Graduate Success Stories

Oh, the places we go! For a person with a visual impairment, training with a guide dog is life-transforming.

Guide Dogs of Texas graduates are artists, therapists, research scientists, world travelers, educators and more…

John & Eagle

While epilepsy and Lyme disease took the vision of world renowned artist and University of North Texas alumnus and GDTX client John Bramblitt (, he credits his GDTX guide dogs, Echo, and now, Eagle, for impacting his career in “unbelievable” ways. The 22Words Facebook video, “Blind Artist” that featured John’s story in July 2018 had more than 3 million views.

"With Eagle by my side, I became the first blind muralist ever with my first mural painted in New York – the intense travel and work schedule would have been impossible without my GDTX guide dog.".

- John

Amanda and Bell

A massage therapist with her own business, GDTX client Amanda Thomas has been visually impaired her whole life. Born three months “too early” with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), she is very happy to have her Guide Dog Bell, whom she says makes her more independent.

"I love her, she makes me feel more comfortable, and I’m able to move quicker with her than with a cane. It took me a while to adjust, but now we move as one – and much faster. I’m more confident on stairs and don’t have to worry about running into a ladder, stepping into a hole or tripping."

"My clients love to say hi to Bell – she's a great ambassador for the blind community! With Bell at my side, people aren't afraid to approach me anymore – before, they hesitated. It shows how wonderful a dog like Bell can help lower barriers. She has helped erase stereotypes about people with visual impairments."

- Amanda