Gallery | Client Profiles

Every one of our clients are amazing people, and each one will tell you that their Guide Dog has improved the quality of their lives. The phrase we hear most often is, “My dog has given me back my Freedom.” Here is a sample of just a few of our many clients.

Achiya Klein

Partner :Night – Male – Black Labrador

Status : Single – currently a student

Hobbies : Sports – training for the Para-Olympics

Summary : As a 22-year-old officer in an elite unit, Achiya led his men into a terrorist tunnel outside of Gaza in November 2013. A booby-trap exploded and Achiya suffered extensive injuries, including the devastating loss of his eyesight. Click here to read the full story.

Dany Layani

Partner :Norman – Male – Black Labrador

Status : Married with four children

Hobbies : Social Worker, Disabled Veterans Services

Summary : When Dany was 20 years old—hunkered in a trench during the first Lebanon War. A bomb, landing in the hole, exploded—taking his vision but sparing his life. Ten fellow soldiers were not so lucky. Click here to read the full story.

Irit “Esther” Abarbanel

Partner :Marlin – Male – Yellow Labrador

Status : Married with one son

Hobbies : Artist

Summary : When asked why she wanted a guide dog, Esther replied, “I want to work, I want to walk, I want to BE!” A well known artist who was born in the former Soviet Union, Esther came to Israel hoping that medical treatment would stop her vision loss, but unfortunately her condition deteriorated. Click here to read the full story

Zohar Sharon

Partner :Venus – Female – Yellow Labrador and Golden Retriever Mix

Status : Married

Hobbies : Six-time World Champion Blind Golfer

Summary : Zohar lost his vision following a chemical attack while serving in the IDF in 1979. Just by chance, a lawyer suggested that he take up golf as a hobby. Zohar excelled and now travels the globe representing Israel in International competitions. Click here to read the full story

Yaakov “Yankele” Rubenenko

Partner :Kay – Male - Yellow Lab & Golden Retriever cross

Status : Widower

Hobbies : Retired – Judo instructor

Summary : Yankele is our oldest and most experienced guide dog client. He lost his vision following a severe trauma while serving in the IDF in 1949 – and has worked with numerous dogs during the past 60 years. Click here to read the full story.