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Pilot and Gary are traveling to Ireland

Friends:

pilot ready to boardLet all of us state positive wishes for Pilot, Gary, and his wife, as they endure international travel, including, the horrible TSA. Pilot and his guide dog captain, Gary C. Norman, Esq. L.L.M. are currently visiting Ireland.

They are visiting with their beautiful partner, Laura Norman in honor of their anniversary. Never leaving a stone unturned, as it were, Gary will also have a business meeting or two when there, as he has a law and consulting partner with who he has formed, or will form, a consultancy named the Prometheus Group. As he expects the consultancy to be a success, he hopes to have a vacation house in Ireland or in Italy in the future.

And what, I am sure there will be no bootees for Pilot on escalators in Europe. Gary trained Pilot to utilize the escalator, who is a quick study.

Pilot on the airplane to IrelandAs the first guide dog Mason of Maryland, Pilot will also have the chance to visit the Grand Lodge with Gary and Laura.

As to training issues, Gary tells me that Ireland has an active set of guide dog training organizations. So I hope Pilot has no access issues in the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Ironically, Ireland consists of two countries. Pilot, quite the well-traveled dog?

Gary tells me that, of the countries, Ireland is one of the last to work strenuously, regularly on implementing the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. So perhaps there are a lot of future work projects for Pilot in Ireland to which to return.

Pilot being Pilot, he will just kiss the jerks at the TSA – now, always.

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Maryland Bar Bulletin | Norman Honored for Service

Norman Honored for ServiceMaryland Bar Bulletin
Publications : Bar Bulletin : May 2014

Norman Honored for Service
By Patrick Tandy

Judge Bell at celebration Heidi Meinzer, MSBA’s Animal Law Section Chair, presents the Animal Law Distinguished Service Award to Gary Norman.

The 5th Annual Animal Law Symposium, held April 10 at Westminster Hall in Baltimore, roared with topics, including animal protection under federal and state constitutional law, damages in cases involving animals, wildlife issues, and a legislative update. The daylong event’s sponsors were the MSBA Animal Law Section, the MSBA CLE Department, and Compassion Over Killing, a non-profit animal advocacy organization.

Programming focused particularly on the evolution of case law as it relates to domesticated animals. Attorney Rebekah Lusk moderated a panel of lawyers, including Anne Benaroya, Cary J. Hansel, III, and Gary C. Norman, which discussed “Using Federal and State Constitutional Law to Further Animal Protection”.

“Being a civil rights lawyer makes me an animal rights lawyer,” said Hansel, a attorney at Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. Hansel noted that much existing chattel case law governing animals is a holdover “from a time when we were a more agrarian society and animals had more to do with tending a farm.”

Later, Hansel joined Lusk and attorney Phil Goldberg for a panel discussion titled “Perspectives on Damages in Cases Involving Animals”. This panel discussed the financial caps on damages that may be sought in many jurisdictions during incidents such as the willful slaying of domesticated animals as well as police-involved shootings of family pets.

MSBA’s Animal Law Section also presented its annual Animal Law Distinguished Service Award to Gary C. Norman, an attorney and mediator with the Maryland Department of Health and Human Services and Associate Civil Rights Commissioner with the state’s Commission on Civil Rights.

“The Section is incredibly thankful for Gary’s countless contributions to animal law, not the least of which have been co-founding the Animal Law Symposium, as well as the Mid-Atlantic Lyceum and the Mid-Atlantic Journal on Law and Public Policy,” says Heidi Meinzer, Chair of the Animal Law Section. “His accomplishments demonstrate that he is exemplary not just in the field of animal law, but in the legal profession as a whole.”

An advocate for service animals and a past Chair of the Section, Norman states, as an attorney, “it is incumbent, as it is for all citizen lawyers, to serve the community.”

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Gary Norman and Pilot received an award – Leadership in Law

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Yes, I know it says PROOF but I really wanted the picture 🙂 Gary and Pilot

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Click the picture to read Gary’s story

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Happy 4th Birthday Pilot!

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I am so proud of you. To see more about Pilot click here.

Pilot at 19 weeks

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Guide Dog Pilot went to the Supreme Court for the Healthcare Ruling

Just heard: My Pilot was the only guide dog at the Supreme Court last week to hear the healthcare ruling!! Gary was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court a few months ago so he was able to attend because of his attorney privileges and he and Pilot were pretty close to some political heavy weights last week. I think Pilot sighed and took a nap though. Guess healthcare wasn’t too exciting for him 😉

Of course, I had to clarify and make sure I understood it right.

Yes Gary and Pilot were in the courtroom when the decision was read. Pretty exciting opportunity. Gary felt like some of the older attorneys were surprised to see a disabled attorney but all wanted to make sure him and Pilot got into the courtroom. Pilot stretched out and made himself comfortable!

Very proud!

 

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Stanley, Pilot’s brother, and his active duty Marine partner

Stanley (Patch)

Stanley (Patch)

Meet Stanley, a GDB puppy whose career path took him on a very different journey than most of our puppies. He was donated to an organization called Paws’itive Teams and matched with the perfect partner — an active duty Marine who lost both of his legs during his duty in Afghanistan and will be receiving his formal discharge this coming year.

Stanley is a great match — friendly, dedicated and eager to please. He’s learned to fetch and deliver objects, open doors and much more. Check out this short video, showing the team working during transition training.

Nice job, Stanley! And thank you to this Marine and all our veterans for your sacrifices.

Pilot

Pilot

P.S. This will be confusing for anyone who knows the GDB puppy naming way. Stanley was originally named Patch – He is my Pilot’s brother. We are so proud to have him in our family. This is an example of how Guide Dog puppies change careers. Pilot is a working Guide Dog living in Baltimore, MD and spending lots of time in Washington, DC.

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Happy Birthday Pilot 10/22/11

I am so proud of Pilot. He is a Working Guide Dog living in Baltimore MD and working with Gary in Washington DC.

Click here for more information about Pilot

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I saw Pilot in Washington DC

Pilot was so good. He was excited to see me – you know that really makes a puppy raiser feel good. I had a nice dinner with Pilot’s family – Gary and Laura.

 

Pilot - Working Guide Dog

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Pilot and Langer

I received a picture of Pilot and Langer for Christmas. Langer is a retired guide dog for Gary. Pilot is his new guide dog. Langer stayed with Gary and Laura – Pilot has a big brother which I’m sure he enjoys. Keep up the good work Pilot.

For those of you who have the 2011 Guide Dogs for the Blind calendar, take a look at Mr. August!! How cool is that.

Pilot and Langer

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Pilot Graduates as a working Guide Dog!!

June 19, 2010 Pilot Graduated as a working Guide Dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA. Pilot was partnered with a wonderful man named Gary, living and working in Baltimore, MD as an accomplished laywer. Gary decided to keep his retired guide so Pilot has a new buddy as well. I am so excited for the adventures he will get to accompany Gary on. Love you Pilot. Good luck, I know you will do a good job and take care of Gary.

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Good-bye Pilot, Hello Archie

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Guide Dog Puppy meeting 1/9/10

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Pilot at the Verizon store.

4th time in 3 days!

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Pilot and Nadia at the church festival today. They were so good and happy to spend time together.

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Family Resource Day at Junior Blind of America

We had a good time. Got to spend time with Elbert (Dan and Carol), Anya (Melissa), Alisa (Pat), Saturna (David), Pilot (Mary Ann), Polo (Joan)

and a Retired Ambassador Guide Dog.

The families had the opportunity to collect information and pet the dogs. It is a good introduction to future Guide Dog users.

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