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Patricia Cornwell with Trip, one of the horses she donated to the guide Horse Foundation

Patricia Cornwell with Trip

Don and Janet Burleson - Copyright 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Copyright © 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Dan with Cuddles - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald
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Cuddles in Harness - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

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Don and Janet with Trip and Ras

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Cuddles on the first flight of a horse on a commercial flight

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser
The worlds first horse to fly in the passenger cabin

Cuddles guiding Dan Shaw

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Cuddles at Lunch

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JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Everyone's heard of seeing eye dogs, but this is a horse of a different color, or at least a different size.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's a seeing eye horse?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He is handsome!

MOOS: Actually, "he" is a she, named Cuddles.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cuddles? That's like a pillow name.

MOOS: Cuddles cushions the life of his new owner, Dan Shaw. He's got her tattooed on his hand.

DAN SHAW, CUDDLES' OWNER: I feel blessed. That's how happy I am with it.

MOOS: Dan may have lost his sight, but he's been touring sights with Cuddles, from the White House to the Empire State Building, where she licked the limestone. At the Statue of Liberty, Cuddles picnicked on the grass. No wonder she mistook the carpet for pasture at the Travel Inn.

SHAW: Easy. Good girl.

MOOS: Dan just finished a month of training with Cuddles, and he's now taking her home to Maine. Dan's got a wife, but at the moment, he only has eyes for Cuddles.

SHAW: With a guide horse, she'll live 25 to 35 years. We'll grow old together.

MOOS: They live longer than dogs and they have great vision.

SHAW: She sees 350 degrees around her, everything but her tail, while she's walking.

MOOS: Cuddles is the first guide horse to be placed by the nonprofit Guide Horse Foundation. Trainer Janet Burleson says Cuddles responds to 23 commands.

JANET BURLESON, GUIDE HORSE FOUNDATION: Find the escalator. Find the elevator. Find the van. It's great when you go to the mall, because you don't have to remember where you parked, because the horse remembers.

MOOS (on camera): Does she respond to giddyap?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.

MOOS (voice-over): In New York, Cuddles negotiated turnstiles, steps.

SHAW: Good girl.

MOOS: Escalators.

SHAW: Easy, easy, easy.

MOOS: And revolving doors. She even mastered the subway. The miniature horse ended up next to a headless human. Imagine waking up to a 23-inch-tall horse.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I hope it ain't real.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And she's got shoes!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, that's so she doesn't slip and fall.

MOOS: The easiest way to put on these cut-down baby shoes is to have Cuddles lie down. She sleeps standing up, napping while everyone else was dining at the Carnegie Deli and the Oriental Pearl. Cuddles is housebroken, though they had to clean up after her like a dog in the subway. She lets Dan know when she needs out.

SHAW: She'll tap her foot, neigh, and cross her back legs and keep neighing.

MOOS: She loves TV, we kid you not, especially westerns.

DON BURLESON, GUIDE HORSE FOUNDATION: We took her to the movie "A Knight's Tale" and she was very interested in the horse scenes.

J. BURLESON: She loved the jousting scenes.

MOOS: Cuddle's only encounter with New York horseflesh was friendly. How many horses get to go on a ride through Central Park? Apparently, even a horse is drawn to a carriage. Our last stop was at the toy store, FAO Schwarz.

(on camera): Dan, look what I found.

SHAW: What?

MOOS: A horse, a huge one. Check this out, Cuddles. Look at this.

(voice-over): She seemed ready to cuddle with this stuffed donkey. Suddenly, that old cliche about love being blind seems to make horse sense.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She wants her tummy rubbed.

MOOS: Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
 

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