‘Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind’ at this week’s IRP

Patricia Gregory, registered nurse and longtime puppy trainer, will share the intricacies of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America’s VetDogs at this week’s Institute for Retired People. She will be introducing the audience to Luke, her 1-year-old puppy in training, at the Nov. 17 session of Institute for Retired People (IRP) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Sessions are held at the First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville.

Gregory graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, having worked until this past February as an ICU nurse in a community hospital on Long Island. She has been a volunteer at the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and Americas VetDogs located in Smithtown, N.Y. on Long Island, for the past 20 years. Gregory trains puppies to be well-behaved, focused and socially adapted, and ready to become a guide dog or assistance dog.

IRP is a community program established by University College of Syracuse University, dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning.