Friday, January 16, 2009

Our Heroes

We’ve all been transfixed by the story of Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger, the pilot who eased US Airways A320 safely into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday, saving all 155 people. He has been hailed as a hero by New York Mayor Bloomberg and New York Gov. David Paterson.

The fact is, Sully and his family, Lorrie, Katie and Kelly, have always been heroes in our book. With the Alameda puppy raising group lead by Diana Hirzel, they raised two pups: Fran and Misty, and have been to many Fun Days on our California campus. They’ve also provided love and care to three of our breeder dogs: Goldens Pita and Rainbow, and more recently Twinkle, a Lab. Twinkle (pictured) is retired now with Sully and his family. She produced 19 puppies, five of whom went on to become Guide Dogs.

Selfless volunteers like the Sullenbergers are role models for all of us. Caring expertise, it seems, is all in a day’s work for this family. We’re so proud to have you and your family with us, Captain Sullenberger!

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Updated January 22, 2008:
Read more about Captain Sullenberg's heroism at these websites -

San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area pilot hailed as hero in N.Y. plane crash"
Contra Costa Times, "Wife of Danville pilot says `This is the Sully I know'"
U.K Times, "Immaculate, unflappable and now the hero of the Hudson"

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Holiday Letter from Franco

Last year we followed the tale (or shall we say tails) of a litter of pups -- The F Litter. What better way to ring in the new year than with an update -- a letter from little Franco to his mom, Christine...

Thursday, January 01, 2009
Dear Mama,

My puppy raiser family and I wish you and yours a very blessed New Year.
Franco pictured with his puppy raiser seated in the snow with Christmas lights all aroundI have been having a blast. I love winter! So far it has snowed and rained on my head almost everyday. The wetter I get the better I like it. I am a real water dog. However; I am not sure that I like ice. It makes my feet slide all over the place; sort of like Bambi on ice! I am really funny to watch when I am playing on the ice. Playing with my family is so much fun especially in the snow.

Photo of guide dog puppies wearing green scarves lined up togetherHere are a few of my buddies and me during the holidays. All of the boys and I are paying attention to the camera, but Annora is checking out the goodies and her puppy raiser in the kitchen. She knows where all the real fun is. Well, that's one way to keep from getting holiday flash eyes!

I have been having a very quiet month when you compare them to the last two. It's nice to spend time with family and friends.

With love and licks,
Franco