Leila and Lessons of Love by Susan Fuller
They say it takes a village to raise a child and the same thing can surely be said about raising a service dog, particularly one trained to help an autistic child. Last week we celebrated with that village. Leila is the second dog my daughter Winnie has raised for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Her first dog, Henna, was a happy-golucky free-spirited bundle of en-
ergy that literally bounded into a room. Leilaâ€™s personality couldnâ€™t be any more different. Leila was always a quiet and composed old soul, even as a puppy. Even her kisses were gentle and carefully measured. We always joked that she took her job as a service dog in training very seriously and was always the consummate professional.
Leila is a companion dog for Guiding Eyes - Heeling Autism Program. 47