Capital Region Scrapbook: Glenville family, dog received training in seeing-eye program

This week's Capital Region Scrapbook focuses on a Glenville family's dog learning how to become a se
Sara McKay, kneeling at left, teaches potential seeing-eye dog Tara to obey during a visit to St. Clare’s Hospital during the spring of 1980. Hospital personnel Marilyn Brandt, right, and “candystripersâ€&#15
Sara McKay, kneeling at left, teaches potential seeing-eye dog Tara to obey during a visit to St. Clare’s Hospital during the spring of 1980. Hospital personnel Marilyn Brandt, right, and “candystripersâ€&#15

Sara McKay and her family were training a protector, an assistant and a companion.

Their student’s name was Tara, a 9-month-old black Labrador. The young animal was learning how to become a seeing-eye dog during the spring of 1980.

Sara, a 15-year-old sophomore at Scotia-Glenville High School, had proposed that her family join the training program the previous autumn.

Now Sara, her mother Karen, father Samuel and sister Kimberly were finding ways to teach Tara obedience and good manners.

The friendly lab and her handlers had visited a local department store and a fish market. A visit to St. Clare’s Hospital was another lesson, and the dog seemed to enjoy the experience.

“She made her way to the office of the administrative secretary of fiscal services, reluctantly sat down and fidgeted impatiently,” reported Susan C. Brickman of the Schenectady Gazette.

“She yawned loudly, showing her white, orthodontically-perfect teeth. It was getting late and Tara wanted to go home to Glenville and have a bite, preferably on a milk bone.”

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