Fauna’s Adventures is an ever-growing body of photographic work created by Award-winning blind photographer Ted Tahquechi to promote the use of legitimate service animals in the travel and hospitality industries. The project features images of Ted and his guide dog Fauna from their travels both local and international. The collection made its debut at Access Gallery in the Santa Fe Art District in Denver 2019. If you would like to exhibit this work in your establishment, please feel free to contact Ted at email@example.com
The road to becoming a guide dog
I’m often asked how much training Fauna has had, and the process the dogs go through to become a guide. Service dogs can be trained to be guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, provide mobility assistance for people in wheelchairs and be trained to respond to seizures or low blood sugar in diabetics. My guide dog Fauna was trained at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael Ca. Only three in eight puppies make it through the rigorous training program to become part of a guide dog team. To graduate their program, the dogs participate in a 15-month socialization and training program with puppy raisers, which exposes the dogs to a myriad of environments. They exit the puppy program well trained, well behaved and incredibly well socialized – meaning they won’t ever lunge or bark at other dogs or people when out and about. Upon graduating puppy training, the dogs are evaluated and if selected, will enter Guide Dog training, while the remainder will be career-changed to a partner program and trained to help with other types of disabilities such as seizure detection. Formal guide dog training lasts for 16 weeks and at that time, the dogs are paired with an appropriate teammate for an intensive two-week training program. If the guide passes all proficiency criteria, the dog will begin their career as a working guide dog.
Work with us!
If you are part of a travel or hospitality organization who would like to sponsor part of this project, in return for your support, you will receive images which can be freely used in print and on your social media.
If you are affiliated with a school or business in the Denver area, we are happy to visit for a quick training session to learn about guide dogs and their important role in society. Feel free to contact me on my social media links below or on the contact page here on my website. I don’t charge for my time, Fauna and I do this to spread the word about service animals and the life-changing difference they make in their handler’s lives.
ADA Main Website:
Frequently asked questions about rights for service animal users:
My Photography site:
A very special thank you to the following organizations for their support of the Fauna’s Adventures project and promoting legitimate service animal use!
Hilton Hotels and Embassy Suites:
The Crawford Hotel and Union Station Denver: