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.

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.