Benoits Welcome “Taxi,” from Guide Dogs of the Desert, into Home
BERMUDA DUNES – The newest member of the Benoit family is “Taxi,” a 16-month-old golden Labrador retriever adopted from Guide Dogs of the Desert.
Taxi was raised by Patti Wheeler, the development manager at Guide Dogs of the Desert, with her husband, Dennis. Taxi was raised to be a service dog for the blind and visually impaired but developed a minor but disqualifying medical condition.
“Guide Dogs of the Desert has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people that have been paired with their canine companions,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Sheryl and I were pleased to be offered the chance to adopt this beautiful puppy.”
Since 1972, Guide Dogs of the Desert, a non-profit organization, has provided guide dogs to blind and multi-handicapped individuals, aiding them with safe mobility, loving companionship and the “miracle of independence.” Guide Dogs of the Desert breeds, raises and trains dogs and then trains their blind clients to work with their hand-selected dog at no cost to them. Guide Dogs of the Desert’s training facility is located at 60-735 Dillon Road in Whitewater.