Has public transportation gone to the dogs? In Southern California, that certainly was the case one sunny Saturday in June. 45 Guide Dog puppies and their entourage (raisers and raiser family members) participated in the fifteenth annual "Guide Dog Puppy Travel Day," hosted by the Los Angeles Southwest Guide Dog puppy raising club. The participating pups and their peeps came from as far away as Lancaster, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., to "ride the rails" to Union Station in Los Angeles, courtesy of both MetroRail and MetroLink. Once at Union Station, they walked to historic Olvera Street for lunch, entertainment and socializing before returning home.
Los Angeles Southwest's fearless leader, Pat Whitehead, reports: "Besides preparing our pups to become future guides, this event provides an opportunity to introduce rail travel to families, raise public awareness about blindness and related issues, locate and educate potential new puppy raisers, and renew the bonds that raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind brings. This event would not be the success it is without the support from MetroRail and MetroLink."
Participating Guide Dog puppy raising groups included: L. A. Southwest Guide Dog Raisers (host), Antelope Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers, CNI, Diamonds in the Ruff, Glendale Pups to Partners, North Orange County Puppies to Partners, PRIdE - Puppy Raisers of Inland Empire, Riverside Puppies for Freedom, South Bay Guide Dog Puppy Raisers, South Orange County Paws for Independence, VIP3, and Yuma Southwest Sightseers.