Through Gilly's Eyes by Matthew VanFossan
Memoirs of a Guide Dog

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Through Gilly's Eyes is a moving coming-of-age story about a young man and the guide dog who loved him.
What would you do if you were sitting in school one morning and suddenly found you couldn't see? When it happens to Matt VanFossan during his third year of college, it's the start of a life he hasn't planned on and definitely doesn't want. When he's paired with a new guide dog a few months later, he's still in a state of denial.
But Matt's new companion, named Gilly, isn't one for self-pity - or modesty, as he describes himself as "one of the handsomest dogs at guide dog school." A keen observer of the human condition, especially his human's condition, Gilly provides a running commentary on Matt's progress. And as Gilly and Matt learn to work together, the two gradually forge a relationship that transcends the ordinary bonds between dog and man.From dog training school then back to college, from home and on to Brazil, Gilly relates their story with humor and insight. Through Matt's challenging adventures, new friendships, and ultimately, lasting love, Gilly provides him with guidance and companionship for six years - a lifetime that will last forever.Not a dog lover? You will be once you've finished this tale and looked at the world through Gilly's eyes.
Matt and I made our first solo foray onto campus. I had no idea where we were going, and Matt, it turned out, had only a vague one. The two of us made an extremely awkward team.

As we started off down the block, he began counting his steps in a low voice.

Smart boy, I thought. I wouldn't be able to find our house on the very first return trip. He'd be able to cue me on the way back.

Unfortunately, walking and counting at the same time didn't seem to be one of his strengths. I distinctly heard him say the number 'sixty' twice. Then, I heard him curse. Finally, we reached the intersection.

"Two hundred and fourteen," he announced.

Give or take a few dozen, I thought.                    

About Matthew VanFossan

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Matthew VanFossan is a counselor and musician who lives in Santa Monica, CA with his wife Rita and guide dog Achilles.Through Gilly's Eyes is his first book.
Published January 14, 2013 by Volant Press Ltd.. 331 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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