My name is Rebecca Kragnes. I am a Catholic, volunteer, musician, and fanatic of reading and music. Zane is my fourth guide dog, best worker to date, and first Black Lab– preceded by three Golden Retrievers. My husband Phil is also on his fourth guide, and all have been German Shepherds. Garron — AKA the Love-sponge — is his current guide. Phil and Garron move very quickly, while Zane and I are slow and careful.
Phil has worked at the University of Minnesota as their Adaptive Technology Specialist for the last 13 years. He currently spends time at a second “job” — staying alive — by going to kidney dialysis for several hours three times a week. We are awaiting his fourth kidney transplant. The pancreas he received with his third in 2009 is doing great. Aside from Garron and me, Phil’s current interests are riding the tandem when we don’t have winter weather and using his IPhone4 to accomplish a lot of things he used to do with assistance and/or computer. Phil and I are big fans of The Sing-Off, have a date once a week at a local Mexican restaurant, and have been married for over 15 years.