Ride the Mitt for Canine Development
Hi, Thanks for visiting my fundraising page. I have been a member of the Mount Clemens Lions Club for nearly 35 years. I have always considered Leader Dogs for the Blind to be one of the most important charities the Mount Clemens Lions Club and thousands of other Lions clubs support. I have personally witnessed the joy and independence that several of my blind friends have experienced when they received and trained with their leader dogs. Leader Dogs for the Blind is the premier guide dog school in the world and it is located right here in Rochester Hills, Michigan,
Leader Dogs for the Blind is in the middle of the largest campaign in their history to turn the existing kennel into a state of the art Canine Development Center. Join me as I raise funds for this amazing organization and help them continue their mission of empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel.
What am I going to do to make a difference and hopefully raise at least $7500.00 in support of the new Canine Development Center. I'm going to ride my bicycle around the perimeter of the "Mitt" also known as the lower peninsula of the State of Michigan. I intend to ride at least 1250 miles from August 8,2015 through August 23, 2015. That is right, ride my bicycle approximately 75miles per day for 16 straight days. I intend to seek pledges and eventual donations of $6.00 for every mile I cycle. I have done numerous endurance events: I ran 13 full marathons; several half marathons; several multi day hikes, a 50+ mile inline skate; and at least 20 cycling events. Last year I rode my bicycle across the upper peninsula, but by comparison that was a mere 467miles and took me just six days. My committment to "Ride the Mitt for the Mutts" is my most ambitious endeavor of my life and I am seeking your support of my efforts. Of course I would prefer cash donations, but I would also appreciate help with accomodations and other logistical costs. Do you have a cottage or other property along the coast of Lower Michigan where I can find a bed or pitch a tent? In any event you get the idea. I would also appreciate text messages of support, during my time on the road, to (586) 871-3235, or perhaps an email encouraging me to complete this challenge.
Thank You in advance for your support, Lion John C Begin
You can make a donation right here on this site, or you can mail a donation payable to Leader Dogs for the Blind c/o Lion John C Begin 16184 Forest Way, Macomb, MI 48042
For more information on the new Canine Development Center, please see the photo gallery and video below!
Welcome to the new Canine Development Center!
From the moment you arrive, you will see the Canine Development Center is designed to be the ideal environment. View these images to see the main changes during this project and discover the huge impact it will have on our dogs and clients.
Open Housing Villages
At times the kennel environment can be stressful. To ease this stress, we redesigned our housing bays with an open concept that allows for ample stimulation and interaction. This includes suites that have open sight lines for every single dog. Plus, the 255 suites are 2.5 times larger than the current suites. Since we know dogs like to be around other dogs, up to 60% of the suites allow for cohabitation. It will also include a large, open area where the dogs can spend time with our volunteers and staff, allowing for even more human-dog interaction.
Breeding & Puppy Area
The journey to becoming a Leader Dog starts at birth, which means the Canine Development Center was developed with our breeding stock and puppies in mind. Improvements include: A breeding area featuring separate housing for males and females, allowing them to remain relaxed prior to breeding. Also, there will be separation between puppies and breeding stock dogs, offering a more peaceful environment that helps protect young immune systems. They layout also allows for increased socialization and supervision and adjacent daytime and nighttime spaces to reduce the need to move puppies throughout the day (previously, puppies had to be carted to and from a converted garage).
New Centralized Veterinary Clinic
Our esteemed team of veterinarians has the responsibility of caring for each and every one of our dogs. Every dog that enters this facility must be seen and monitored at the on-site veterinary clinic. As our operations have expanded and evolved, so has the need for an advanced, centrally located veterinary clinic so our veterinarians can give our future Leader Dogs the best care possible. With 35% more space, the clinic will allow us to add new and enhanced technology. Also, included is defined areas for X-ray, surgery, post-surgery recovery and endoscopic procedures to help with work flow.
The New Canine Suites
The new canine suites are 2.5 times larger!