Dog Names Ending in 'dy' in Pop Culture
Another "Buddy", our second pop culture dog with a name ending in 'dy' was a German Shepherd dog who was the first seeing eye dog in America. This "Buddy" is female and she belonged to a blind man named Morris Frank. It seems that a dog breeder (Dorothy Harrison Eustis), a blind man (Morris Frank) and a German Shepherd dog (Buddy) literally changed the world for blind people in 1929. Dorothy, a wealthy American widow, traveled to the Swiss Alps and used the expertise she gained from her late husband's cattle breeding business to begin to breed German Shepherd Dogs. She partnered with Elliot Humphrey to breed dogs for the Swiss State Police and as liaison with the Swiss Army. Because the dogs were being used to search for missing people, she and Humphrey bred with intelligence and reliability in mind. When her police dog program became quite famous and successful, she was asked to write an article for the Saturday Evening Post about it. Well, she indeed wrote an article but it was not what they had asked for ... choosing instead to write about a program she had observed in Potsdam which was using German Shepherds to guide World War I veterans who had been blinded by mustard gas in the the war. Her article was published on November 5, 1927, sharing information which would soon change the lives of so many blind people. Morris Frank, a blind man who was blind in one eye from birth and the fellow eye from an injury at age 16 years, heard about the article and responded to it. He offered to be trained and then bring his dog back to America and train others if Dorothy was willing to work with him. She was willing and he did what he promised her he would do and in 1929, the first dog guide school was established in America...called still today The Seeing Eye.