As they grow from puppyhood, these loyal and lovable dogs learn important skills necessary for the safety and well-being of their masters. As they neared the street, Judith Shimmel's dog stopped and refused to cross. Valor wouldn't budge even when Mrs. Shimmel turned to cross the other street at the intersection. How would she make it to her dentist appointment? Perplexed and somewhat angry, Mrs. Shimmel stood wondering what to do. Just then, a man approached, obviously excited and out of breath. "What a dog you have!" he exclaimed. The man told her that a construction company had dug a 12-foot ditch around that curb. Had Valor obeyed her insistent commands. Mrs. Shimmel would have plummeted to the bottom because she couldn't see the danger. Mrs. Shimmel is blind and Valor is a professionally trained guide dog.
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