Fort Collins – Greeley author Grace Napier will be the featured speaker at the General Meeting of Larimer Animal-People Partnership (LAPP) in April. The public is welcome to attend and hear Napier, blind since birth, talk about the 10 Seeing Eye dogs who have assisted her over the past seven decades.
The meeting will be held in the community room at Poudre Valley REA, 7649 REA Parkway, just east of the Windsor exit from I-25, starting at 7:00 p. m. on Thursday, April 8. The event is free of charge and refreshments will be served.
Individuals wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to email@example.com because seating in the room is limited.
Two Ends of a Leash: Unshackled, is Napier’s autobiography, published in 2008. She has also written Meet My Girls, a nonfiction, partially autobiographical work, as well as novels Marissa and Marissa and Dan.
Originally from New Jersey, Napier began school in an era with no services designed for students with vision disabilities. Nonetheless, passionate about learning, Napier went on to not only graduate from college, but to earn advanced degrees and teach at universities in New York, Nebraska and Colorado.
From her first dog at the age of 17, to Esma, who currently guides her, all of Napier’s dogs have been trained by The Seeing Eye. LAPP will make a donation to this organization in honor of Napier’s presentation, and welcomes individuals to add to this donation at the meeting.
LAPP is a non-profit organization focused on promoting positive aspects of the human-animal bond. Affiliated with the international organization Delta Society, LAPP sponsors numerous animal-assisted activities and therapy sessions each month as well as holding classes each year to train individuals to participate in this work. The Doggie Olympics, a fun and interactive opportunity for individuals and their dogs, held each fall in Fort Collins, is also an initiative of LAPP.