Morris and Buddy

The Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog

Morris Frank lost his sight in 1924, when he was only sixteen. But it wasn’t just his sight that he lost—he lost his independence, too. Morris wanted to lead a normal life. One day in 1928, Morris’s dad read him an article about Dorothy Harrison Eustis, an American dog trainer living in Switzerland. She had been training dogs for police and army work, but had recently visited a German school where dogs were taught to help soldiers who had been blinded in World War I.

Thrilled with this new possibility, Morris set off on his own to Switzerland to meet with Dorothy and her head trainer, Jack Humphrey. Morris began training with his dog, Buddy. While he struggled—stepping on Buddy’s paws, not paying attention to her cues, and even walking into a gatepost—Buddy waited patiently at his side, allowing him to learn. At last Morris felt ready to return to America with Buddy at his side.

  • 9780807552865
  • March 2015

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  • The clearly written story details the difficulties and satisfactions Frank encounters as he learns to work with his dog, Buddy, and to trust him with his life…From full-page illustrations to small vignettes, nicely delineated drawings warmed with color washes give this slim volume an inviting look…A fresh and engaging nonfiction choice.

    - Booklist

  • The narrative clearly conveys the trials of man and dog as they learned to trust one another, and the beginnings of Morris’s work to bring guide dogs to the United States.

    - School Library Journal

  • Imparts revealing insights both into how blind people were treated prior to the past few decades, and how complex the job of a seeing eye dog is.

    - Kirkus Reviews


Doris Ettlinger

Common Core

RI.2.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10 RI.3.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 1.00
  • ATOS Level: 4.80