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Guide Dogs of the Desert Graduation

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WHITEWATER -- Guide Dogs of the Desert held a graduation ceremony at their campus in Whitewater Sunday.

The Guide Dogs of the Desert in Whitewater was a very special graduation ceremony, and while for some it's a very emotional day, it's also a happy one. 

Sunday's ceremony was unique in that two of the clients were recipients of career change service dogs. 

Meaning that not only are they trained as guide dogs but also to help veterans cope with post traumatic stress disorder. 

"This a new direction we're taking here at Guide Dogs of the Desert. We're collaborating with other organizations, service dog academies, to put our career change dogs into other lines of service as well," said Guide Dogs of the Desert Executive Director, Sarah Clapp.

Adam Rowland is a veteran who suffers from blindness due to injuries sustained in battle. 

He says that his guide dog has changed his life and given him back his independence. 

"I felt very dependent on other people and that was very hard for me to go from an alpha male type, combative instructor type of soldier, to being reliant on everyone for everything. Time and time again the dog has shown me that he's got my back and that he's there for me. When I'm at the ranch I have nothing to worry about. He's just the greatest thing in the world," said Veteran, Adam Rowland. 
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