Guiding Eyes for the Blind at IC has had its paws full raising dogs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has delayed formal guide dog training.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an international nonprofit organization that connects trained dogs with people who are blind or visually impaired.
Sophomore Jack Ficcardi grips the leash of Aura, his yellow labrador retriever, with a tight hold. She looks up to him and sits down at his request.
In a large, gated field behind Emerson Hall, labrador retrievers Eden and Aura enjoy some playtime by running through the grass — a short break from training by students like junior Melissa Potter.