Possible Anthology To Raise Money For Guide Dogs

I lost the majority of my vision at around 18-months-old as a consequence of a blood clot on the brain. In my early 20’s I received my first guide dog, Nixon (no jokes about Watergate please)! And a world of enhanced mobility was opened up to me. Since Nixon I have had 3 other dogs: Zeff, Drew and now Trigger my current four legged friend!

The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association receives no money from the government (see http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/supportus/fundraising/donate#.VBnqcBZUFb0) and relies wholly on donations from individuals/organisations.

As an author and beneficiary of the work of Guide Dogs I thought it would be worthwhile to give something back by producing a book of short stories and poems with all proceeds going to GDBA. I would, of course contribute a story. I am, however lacking in editorial/proof reading expertise and (if the project turns out to be viable) would be looking for someone to donate their time free of charge as regards editorial services. I am also looking for people who would be happy to provide a story or poem, free of charge for inclusion in an anthology.

At present this is the germ of an idea which may or may not have traction. If you can help in any way please do contact me at newauthoronline (@) gmail . com (the address is rendered thus to try and defeat spammers)!

Please note that I have not contacted GDBA regarding this concept as it is, at present the mere germ of an idea.


Many thanks and kind regards,



43 thoughts on “Possible Anthology To Raise Money For Guide Dogs

  1. suteko

    What theme are you using for this charity anthology. I would love to contribute something to this to help you. I am not a great editor but I can write up something for you if I have a theme.

  2. kcg1974

    My son’s lives with a diabetic alert dog, named “Nimbus.” A life-saver, he is. AMAZING, scenting low blood sugar before it falls low enough to cause a seizure in my son’s life. Thank God for service dogs. A wonderful post. Bless these animals.

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      My grandfather was diabetic but, unfortunately there where no dogs to help diabetics in those days, although he did have a pet dog called Jet. You are right, assistance dogs do a wonderful much more than helpers, being friends to their owners. Many thanks for your comments. Very best wishes, Kevin

  3. russtowne

    I have recently compiled three anthologies involving the creations of a total of perhaps 35 or 40 writers and poets. Two of the books were published in the last sixty days or so and the third is scheduled for release later this month. I’d be happy to share with you what I have learned on these adventures if you’d like, and perhaps offer a story or poem of my own to your effort. I can be reached at russtowne@yahoo.com. Good luck with your project. May it come to fruition and much good come from it.

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thanks again for your offer of help. I have tried e-mailing you, however it is returned as undeliverable. Would you be able to contact me at newauthoronline (@) gmail . com please so we can discuss, (the address is rendered in this manner to defeat spammers). Many thanks,

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Its nice to hear from you. That would be great if you could write a story, I will look forward to receiving it. I really appreciate your offer of help with editing. Several people have offered their assistance with editing so while I really appreciate your kind offer it may be that the editing side is covered. I will e-mail you and we can take things from there. I’m very much looking forward to reading your story. All the best, Kevin

      1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

        Thanks. I am trying to persuade Trigger to write a story but, strictly between you and I he is more interested in stealing my colleague’s lunch, particularly their sandwitches, vacuuming up food off the pavement and, of course sleeping on my sofa when he thinks its possible to get away with it!

  4. cupitonians

    Reblogged this on This Labyrinth I Roam! and commented:
    I have always had a very strong bond with animals and have seen the extent to which they help people, physically or emotionally. My friend, Kevin, has come up with a great idea to help raise funds for the “Guide Dogs for the Blind Association”. If any of you want to contribute stories or offer any other content based help, feel free to contact him! All details are in this post!


    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Many thanks for your comment and reblogging Kev, it is much appreciated. I am looking for stories or poems regarding the relationship between animals (particularly, but not exclusively) dogs and humans. So any animal stories or poems would be very welcome. All the best, Kevin

  5. Tim Baker

    I would love to participate in this project! Let me know if you need another story. I worked with Guiding Eyes for the Blind in the 90s training and socializing puppies. Would love to help!

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Many thanks for your offer of help Tim. I would be delighted to receive a contribution from you. If you would like to discuss further please contact me at newauthoronline (@) gmail . com (the address is given in this way to try and defeat spammers).
      Thanks also for your work with guide dog puppies. I have great admiration for those who walk and socialise puppies. All the very best. Kevin


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