Few people know the story of the first seeing eye dog in this country but it is a story that speaks to American courage, Until 1929 anyone with a vision difficulty had to rely on friends or neighbors to help them out. Independence was nonexistent for them. Then Buddy, a trained seeing eye dog, arrived on U.S. soil in 1929 with his new owner Morris Frank. Together the two of them changed the world for anyone with any sort of physical challenge. Buddy was life-changing for his owner, but dog and owner together demonstrated that overcoming life’s obstacles can be accomplished with human courage, education, drive, and determination. Audiences who hear this speech come away enlightened, emotionally moved, and ready to take on any hurdle they themselves might face. If Buddy and Morris could do it, so can the rest of us!