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San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, February 3, 2010

When experienced puppy raiser Linda Austin agreed to train another pup for the nonprofit organization Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, the Palo Alto resident had no idea that the adorable black Labrador would turn out to be a service dog for her.

I started to have trouble hearing. I was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss and fitted with hearing aids. I also signed up for lip-reading and sign-language classes and joined the Association of Late-Deafened Adults. Read the entire article at