Thursday, March 5, 2009

Starter puppy

There is an awesome program here that allows high school students to raise a guide dog as part of their curriculum and earn high school credit. The students receive their dogs at the beginning of the school year in October, and keep them through June. Next year will be the third year of this program! Because the students start taking the dogs to school right away, they need to be carefully screened older pups.

More dogs than needed are therefore started by starter raisers so that they have a pool of appropriate age dogs to pull from. To give myself something extra to do this summer I have decided to raise a starter pup! I will still have Millie: since Tom and I are both adults and have experience, it is like having two raisers in the home.

The pup will be arriving April 17th on the puppy truck. Looking at the recent litters that would be ready for this truck, there is a chance I could get a Sterling half sibling or a Millie half sibling!

We will see what follows!


Madison and Andros said...

That should be fun!

Emily, Burgess, and Tahoe said...

That will be fun!! Can't wait to 'meet' the pup!

Megan and Fullerton said...

I have wanted to start a puppy for that program since it started. Jealous. :D The timing has never worked out very well. Oh, well you will have so much fun!! Good luck. :)

Kelsey, Spike, Burgess, and Tahoe said...

That's so exciting! I can't wait to hear all about it. :)

Emily and the Labradors said...

Very fun! It has crossed my mind too, except that babies puppies are my least favorite ;) Oh, and I already have too many dogs and one of me. But besides that, it sounds like a great thing to do!

I can't wait to hear about the new little one!

Elizabeth and Peyton said...

Awesome!! I absolutely love the high school program. It's the coolest thing. Can't wait for news!