When Partnerships End

Dealing With Retirement or Death of a Guide Dog

There comes a time in the life of every guide dog team when it becomes clear that the partnership will soon end. The ways that graduates deal with this loss are as varied as the individuals themselves.

Publications and websites that specifically address how to deal with the loss of a service dog are extremely rare.  However, there are a number of helpful resources on the subject of the loss of a beloved pet.  We hope that some of the following readings might comfort you as you move through the stages of loss.