Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet's Journey With An Exceptional Labrador

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In a lyrical love letter to guide dogs everywhere, a blind poet shares his delightful story of how a guide dog changed his life and helped him discover a newfound appreciation for travel and independence.

Stephen Kuusisto was born legally blind—but he was also raised in the 1950s and taught to deny his blindness in order to "pass" as sighted. Stephen attended public school, rode a bike, and read books pressed right up against his nose. As an adult, he coped with his limited vision by becoming a professor in a small college town, memorizing routes for all of the places he needed to be. Then, at the age of thirty-eight, he was laid off. With no other job opportunities in his vicinity, he would have to travel to find work.

This is how he found himself at Guiding Eyes, paired with a Labrador named Corky. In this vivid and lyrical memoir, Stephen Kuusisto recounts how an incredible partnership with a guide dog changed his life and the heart-stopping, wondrous adventure that began for him in midlife. Profound and deeply moving, this is a spiritual journey, the story of discovering that life with a guide dog is both a method and a state of mind.


  • HaveDogWillTravel 01 Open

    Duration: 17s
  • HaveDogWillTravel 02 Epigraphs

    Duration: 45s
  • HaveDogWillTravel 03 Prologue

    Duration: 04min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 04 Chapter1

    Duration: 05min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 05 Chapter2

    Duration: 13min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 06 Chapter3

    Duration: 15min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 07 Chapter4

    Duration: 11min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 08 Chapter5

    Duration: 17min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 09 Chapter6

    Duration: 12min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 10 Chapter7

    Duration: 08min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 11 Chapter8

    Duration: 10min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 12 Chapter9

    Duration: 08min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 13 Chapter10

    Duration: 21min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 14 Chapter11

    Duration: 06min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 15 Chapter12

    Duration: 19min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 16 Chapter13

    Duration: 16min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 17 Chapter14

    Duration: 11min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 18 Chapter15

    Duration: 19min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 19 Chapter16

    Duration: 09min
  • HaveDogWillTravel 20 Chapter17

    Duration: 12min
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