Bowling event rolls ahead for vision dog program

‘Blind’ bowlers are banding together June 21 at Lincoln Lanes for the Vernon Dog Bowl in support of canine vision dog guides

It’s a unique fundraiser.

‘Blind’ bowlers are banding together June 21 at Lincoln Lanes for the Vernon Dog Bowl in support of canine vision dog guides and visually impaired Canadians.

Registration for the event will begin at 6 p.m. with the tournament starting at 6:30 p.m.

Event organizer Gail Pifer has a close connection to the cause because she has graduated from the canine vision dog guide program.

“I want to support the Lions Foundation because they have given me and many other blind Canadians life changing dog guides at no cost,” said Pifer.

Participants in the Vernon Dog Bowl will wear glasses and blindfolds that simulate various visual impairments, such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment and complete blindness.

Teams of four will compete for the best score.

Proceeds from the Vernon Dog Bowl will go towards training and placing canine vision dog guides with people who are blind or visually impaired.

These dog guides are trained to navigate busy streets, stairs, escalators, and other obstacles that are found on most daily routes.

“Having my dog guide Tyrell has changed my life,” said Pifer. “He keeps me safe and is my best friend and the best support I have ever had.”

To register a team for the Vernon Dog Bowl, visit www.dogguides.com/dogbowl.html or contact Gail at vernonlionsdogbowl@gmail.com.