Ambassador Dogs

The California School for the Blind (CSB) Ambassador dog.

Current Ambassador Dogs

Ambassador Nanook

This is Nanook, one of CSB's Ambassador Dogs. Nanook made his debut at CSB in August of 2019. He is a career change "Ambassador" dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Nanook loves his job at CSB. Some of his interests include snacks, sleeping, going on walks, and playing with toys and his career change buddies. When not at work, Nanook lives with Kristi Barrella, one of the Orientation and Mobility Specialists and her family.

When on the job, Nanook's duties include participating in the Vocation Program's dog walking job, visiting classrooms, listening to stories from some of the student Braille readers, working as an emotional support dog alongside the school psychologists, participating in Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) activities and as a reward for students who are on behavior plans. Nanook loves coming to work everyday and seeing his students and co-workers!

A dog lying on a couch
A dog on leash sitting


Previous Ambassador Dogs

Ambassador Banks

In January 2017, CSB got a new Ambassador Dog named Banks! Banks is a young male black lab "career change" from Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael. Banks had trouble sticking to a relieving schedule, so he did not make it as a guide dog. However, he is overjoyed with his placement as an Ambassador Dog at CSB! He comes to work every day with his tail wagging, excited to find out who he gets to greet each day. The rest of the day, Banks lives with Kylie Bennett, an Orientation and Mobility Teacher at CSB.

Banks comes to CSB every day with Kylie. Interested students and classes have been trained to work with Banks in various capacities. Several students walk Banks once a week, while other students come play with him once or twice a week, often as a reward for good behavior. Banks sometimes helps students learn to read braille (he's a good listener). Some students at CSB are fearful of dogs, and may benefit from meeting Banks. He is very calm, mellow, and quiet- the perfect dog to be introduced to for those who are scared of dogs.

Black lab Banks sitting on the grass looking away from the camera, wearing a purple vest.
Black lab Banks wearing a blue bandanna around his neck.