Getting a Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppy in June

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I'll soon be getting my puppy, which will probably be a lab, from the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program. I will socialize the puppy with basic commands, proper house etiquette and lots of love with the support and training of the organization

MY FIRST QUESTION at the first meeting was "How can you ever give the dog up?"

The answer is that you assume responsibility for the dog realizing that you are helping it to make an invaluable contribution to the life of a blind person who could not get along without the dog's help. At graduation, the puppy-raiser gets an invitation to the graduation ceremony, gets to meet the life-long partner for the dog, and take home a picture of the new 'team' suitable for framing. Also, you can have a new puppy 'on order' before you give up the present pup.

There are many families with children who do this. Many families have multiple dogs. Children adjust to whatever situation to which they are conditioned/encouraged/helped to adjust. There are many teens and young people who do the puppy-raising, with the cooperation of their parents.

As for myself, I am 65, live alone and at my age cannot, in good conscience, make the necessary 15 year commitment to an animal. This way, I invest a specified amount of time (18 months) and in the process, get to help a new puppy go happily to a home where it will be loved, cherished, rewarded and a very valuable part of the new owner's life.

PLUS - I get to WALK that dog twice a day, rain or shine, no excuses! (That will be the puppy's very valuable service to me! :)

I just got an email from the program director who told me that I'd be assigned to a puppy litter very soon. The puppy I'll be getting has already been born. They carefully place individual pups in the home that is right for the pup/puppy-trainer, after the 'home visit'.

I'm excited!!!
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    I am sooooo excited for you! I am currently raising my 6th lab for GEB and am in the Bay region. I also do preplacement and help with classes. This is the best "job" in the world. I raised a stud, guide, bomb sniffer, dog that had allergies and was adopted out and a dog that didn't want to work and is now mine.
    Go to my Sparkpage to see some of my babies.

    Keep us posted-What litter will your baby come from?
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    4804 days ago
  • BONNIE627
    this is a wonderful thing you are doing.. I applaud you for it.. I could not as all the dogs have to do is look at me with a sad face and I give in.. not a good trainer at all... we're all excited for you... hugs, Bonnie
    4808 days ago
    What can I say that hasn't already been said; you are a very special person!
    Bless you and that new puppy.
    you are awesome,
    4808 days ago
    How wonderful!

    I have three dogs of my own and I think its a great honor and service to help socialize this dog so that when its time, he/she will be a great helper and friend to someone else. :)


    4809 days ago
    Oh my goodness ! What a giving person you are ! Thank you for giving eyes to someone who needs them so badly ! It is a win-win situation ! You get the comapnionship and walking, they get a well-adjusted loving animal to guide them through life.

    Three years ago my chocolate lab of 12 years had to be put down. I cried for weeks and swore I would never get another. Last year a friend called me. Her black lab had a litter of mutt puppies and most of them were females. She knew if she put them in the pound that no one would adopt them and they would get put to yes.... next week my Lady will be 1 year old. Oh ! What joy she gives me ! I love my animals they are a real blessing from God.
    Yesterday she spotted the litter of kittens in the chicken house. She went in and washed them all over and then laid down with them until the Mama kitty came back. What a sight ! My 80 pound black lab/mix pup with 2 week old baby kitties !

    Thanks for giving sight to the blind.
    4809 days ago
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