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!