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Jefferson Award Winner: Beverly Kramer

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ABBOTSFORD (WAOW) -- Beverly Kramer's trained eyes can see it all and she trains her four-legged friends to do the same for people who can't do it on their own.

"Initially I was going to do three dogs, I said, that's my personal goal. I'll raise three puppies," said Kramer. "Well, we're on number fourteen. So it's a lot of fun. I really enjoy it."

She coaches seeing-eye dogs, taking them into her home when they're about 7 weeks old and keeping them for about a year. Her newest recruit is Mica.

"We have a lot to learn in this year," said Kramer. "And everyday is an opportunity, every moment is an opportunity to train."

Kramer teaches her young dog new tricks, starting with simple commands and then building to more difficult ones.

"He will be introduced to a lot of different sounds in his environment, whether it's construction sounds, whether it's heavy traffic," said Kramer.

One sound Mica already knows is the one that means he's doing a good job. Kramer starts him off within the safe walls of her home and gradually introduces him to more. Soon, the world becomes their classroom.

"Just to be able to go into a grocery store and not be afraid of the carts, not try to chase the cart wheels, which is always fun for them," said Kramer.

Kramer said she loves working with different dogs and learning about their personalities.

"I've had some great dogs to work with," said Kramer. "They've all been wonderful, memorable. Some more so than others."

And when her work with them is done, sending them to their new owners becomes bittersweet. She's sad to see them go but happy she'll open up a whole new world to someone who hasn't seen it before.

"To work with these pups, to work with the adult dogs that eventually someday they do make someone's life safer and make them more independent," said Kramer. "It's beautiful."

If you want to find more information about the leader dog program Beverly works with, you can click here and go to their website.

The Jefferson Awards are sponsored by Marshfield Clinic.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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