Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Here are some photos and "tails" we thought you'd enjoy....

Yellow Lab Guide Dog puppy AngeloAbove: Guide Dog puppy Angelo
Photo submitted by puppy raiser Sandy Lynch of Chandler, AZ

Puppy sitter Sklyer Nelson with Guide Dog puppy DominicAbove: Puppy sitter Sklyer Nelson with Guide Dog puppy Dominic
Submitted by puppy raiser Jennifer Brewer of Bend, OR

Jennifer writes: Skyler is a puppysitter who has been working with our puppy club since the fall. Skyler is quite remarkable as an honor student, multiple sport athlete, and someone who has been very involved in community service activities. She has received many local awards and scholarships and enjoys working with young people in the community. Skyler and her famPuppy sitter Sklyer Nelson with Guide Dog puppy Dominicily have embraced puppysitting as their new favorite activity and our pups have been fortunate to accompany them to numerous school and community events, most recently several tennis matches (Skyler and her doubles partner just became the Oregon High School State tennis champions!).

Skyler was recently named Youth Volunteer of the Year 2009 for Central Oregon for her countless hours of dedication and service. One of Skyler's passions is environmental issues, and she founded the Environmental Club at Bend Senior High and was successful in turning the school into a Certified Green School. We are extremely proud to have her as an active member of our puppy club and a role model for youth in our community.

Guide Dog puppy JeepAbove: Guide Dog puppy Jeep
Submitted by puppy raiser Brenda Rae of Castro Valley, CA

Guide Dog puppy Hibachi with Debra Kraimer and her guide SheenaAbove: Guide Dog puppy Hibachi with Debra Kraimer and her guide Sheena
Submitted by puppy raiser Pat Salzarulo of Lakeside, CA

Vic De Stephanie with puppy raiser Bob FrickeAbove: Vic De Stephanie with puppy raiser Bob Fricke
Submitted by puppy raiser Bob Fricke of Roseville, CA

Vic's IGA Market in Folsom, Calif., recently sponsored the 4th Annual Fund Raiser for the Gold Country Guides Puppy Raising Club. Bob writes: Vic supplied hot dogs, buns, condiments, and soft drinks. We cooked the hot dogs on our grill and sold them with a soda. The proceeds will go towards the costs of harnesses for our puppies that graduate as guides. We also had tables set up with literature and had our puppies available for petting. Several people expressed an interest in Puppy Raising. The event was a huge success - thank you Vic De Stephanie!


  1. Angelo is a cutie! I saw him on the puppy truck. We have littermate Alonzo. (black)

    Karen and Alonzo

  2. Great post with some wonderful pictures. And yes, Angelo is especially adorable.

    If you get a moment, I think you'll enjoy this video -- -- it's the story of one woman's "aha moment" that led her to dedicate her life to training service dogs. It's pretty inspirational.