Saturday, December 31, 2011

Riding That K9 Buddy Train! Part 4

two yellow and one black Lab in car Three Dog Night: Natura, Friday and Carnival


From Bonnie and Steve Sloane: Our drive [from Calabasas, CA, to Palm Springs, CA] was smooth and easy. After dropping Carnival off at our son's house, we hit the road for Palm Springs.


2 yellow Labs in the back seat On the Road Again...(Natura and Friday)



The drive was quick and easy as there was no traffic. Friday and Natura were perfect in the back of our car.

2 yellow Labs in car

Hey, move over!


They curled up and slept the entire way...not even a peep from either of them.

2 yellow Labs in car

That's not a "peep" -- it's a yawn...


We made one pit-stop along the way for relieving and a short walk and then arrived at our meeting place (McDonalds off of I-10 freeway) at 11:00.

Natura and Steve

Natura with Steve Sloane


Randy was there waiting and the pups had a great time meeting his career change dog, Ocho. Again, some water and walking around and at 11:30 Leg 5 began.


Randy with Natura


Natura with Randy Glover


Friday was quite perplexed--wondering why all her buddies were disappearing. But, we took her for a nice walk and lunch break in Palm Springs before we headed back to Calabasas where we picked up Carnival and returned home.We were amazed at how quickly the day passed. It was such a special day, and yet it's already over. We will remember this experience as a high point of our partnership with Guide Dogs for the Blind.


Sloanes with Natura
Steve and Bonnie Sloane with Natura


We wish Natura and Zach the best; we know they'll be great friends. And most of all, how wonderful it is for Natura to have found such a special "forever home!"

Natura with Randy

Co-pilot and pilot


From Randy Glover (at 2 a.m.): Puppies are asleep, I am not....it really is a dog's life.

sleepy Natura

You're getting sleepy...very sleepy...


Natura is such a good girl. She and Ocho had the same papa...Tiberon...

Randy and Natura at NM welcome sign

Yay, New Mexico!


From Sandi Alsworth: Randy and I left Mesa this am at 7:00.We are currently in Tucson stopping to relieve Natura an will be on our way again shortly. Lone Star State here we come!

From Beth and Dave Adams (Natura's puppy raisers): Woohoo! Can’t wait - Puppy Train! We’re ready and waiting here in Texas! Be Safe! Zach and Natura’s Dream Team – making this happen! You’re all the BEST!



Check out the map to trace Natura's journey! San Rafael, CA --Mountain View -- San Luis Obispo -- Calabasas -- Palm Springs --Mesa, AZ -- Odessa, TX -- Dallas and Lewisville, TX.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Riding That K9 Buddy Train! Part 3

One black and two yellow Labs
Carnival and Friday join Natura's Big Adventure


From Sandi Alsworth: I received an email from Jack Brey this afternoon prior to “his turn” at the relay. He was at his appointed rendezvous point early because he was too excited to wait! This was accompanied by photos both him with a big grin on his face, and a picture of his car. I had to laugh.


Jack was head over heels waiting with excitement!


From Jack: We met Ursula Grunfeld about 2:30 p.m. and gave Natura a little "out-of-car" time and a little love. We did the photos and journal then got off about 3 p.m.

Unfortunately, we ran into heavy rush hour traffic (I was probably the only one in traffic who was happy) and didn't get to Steve and Bonnie's until about 7.

I wasn't sure of their address and drove by them a couple of times while they were jumping and waving at me. We finally made the connection.

Natura was a gem and slept the whole way except for one potty and water break. Natura fit in with Steve, Bonnie, and their pups right away.

Loved the whole experience. Thank you for letting me help. Tell Zack he's got a great "Buddy" and if he takes care of her she truly will be his best friend.

Jack and Natura by car
Bonnie and Steve Sloane wrote: We thought we'd give you an update for the end of Day One. Natura arrived here via Anne, Ursula, and Jack around 7 p.m. She was met and joyfully greeted by Carnival (our 18-month old career change pup) and Friday (our 5-month old puppy-in-training). So our household is now full of active female Lab puppies!!!!! They are learning to get along and are playing together with our toys. Natura ate her dinner with enthusiasm and doesn't seem at all bothered by her long driving trip.

yellow Lab eating Enough of this driving... a Lab's gotta' EAT!


The "girls" are enjoying this slumber party and we'll have more to tell you tomorrow morning.

three Labs sleepingThis is one of the best New Year's activities we've ever participated in. We are so happy to be part of this and wish Zach and Natura a wonderful time together as Buddies!

Bonnie and Steve



Natura

Rise and Shine, Natura... more adventures await...

Christmas Love

by Warren and Claudia Wish, GDB puppy raising club leaders


child petting black LabDogs and puppies from Guide Dogs for the Blind bring holiday cheer to children with special needs.

“Tis the season to be jolly….”

All puppy raisers for Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) know that nothing brings a smile to a person’s face faster than when a Guide Dog puppy enters the room. The puppies have a way of making hospital patients feel better and leave senior citizens with pleasant memories. Young children respond in amazement as the puppies in green jackets walk into a store. Whether young or old, all respond the same way – with smiles and cheer.

The puppies seem to be able to break through to people who are severely developmentally disabled . While most of the time, these are people seem locked inside, unable to communicate or respond to the world around them, something wonderous takes place in the presence of a Guide Dog puppy.

For the past 12 years during the holiday season, GDB puppy raisers in Carson City, Nevada, have taken their pups to visit a residential facility for people with severe mental retardation. We go to sing Christmas carols and to bring puppy cheer.

Even though most of us can’t carry a tune, we go each year just to watch the way our puppies respond to these special people and the way the residents respond back. You can see a slight awareness as a resident’s hand touches a puppy’s fur. A puppy kiss brings a reaction that can only be described as magical.

Some of the club’s career changed dogs, now certified as therapy dogs, also attend. Together puppy raisers and Guide Dog puppies are bringing the spirit of the holidays to a group of very special people.



yellow Lab resting chin on child's armrest


woman in Santa hat interacting with child


girl in Santa hat with Golden wearing antlers


yellow Lab licks nose of man in Santa hat


black Lab wearing antlers


woman with yellow Lab interact with child in wheelchair

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Riding that K9 Buddy Train! Part 2

Raiser Anne with Natura and cameraman
Already she's a celebrity! Before our yellow Lab K9 Buddy dog Natura left on the first leg of her journey, she decided to help us tell her tale (with wagging tail) to the world!

Raiser/driver Anne Touloukian drove in all the way from Lincoln, California, (north of Sacramento) to pick up Natura and drive her to Mountain View, California. But they stopped for a moment to talk with KTVU (FOX), and the news segment aired at noon!
Anne opens the back of her car with Natura looking on
Anne also brought Natura a surprise -- her fluffy Golden puppy Flurry -- to keep her company.

Anne shows Flurry to the cameraman
We can't wait to hear from Anne and find out what happened along the way. Look at this map of the trip...

Anne secures the crates in the back of the car

Riding that K9 Buddy Train! Part 1

close up of yellow Lab -- mostly nose
Meet Natura!


This spunky yellow Lab decided not to become a Guide Dog after all -- (she didn't like air travel), so she followed her nose to a new career -- as a K9 Buddy. As luck would have it, she's going to live with a very special young boy -- and just in time!

In recent months, Zach Thibodeaux's eyesight has deteriorated rapidly, the result of a condition called cone-rod dystrophy that will leave him mostly or totally blind. The 9-year-old from Lewisville, Texas, has been preparing for life without vision by learning to walk with a cane. He and his family applied to Guide Dogs for the Blind to get a K9 Buddy dog. Zach is about to be surprised when he soon gets his wish.


yellow Lab
So, with Natura ready to become a K9 Buddy, and Zach needing one, the only problem became how to get her to Zach? GDB Community Field Representative Sandi Alsworth hatched a plan to create a “puppy train” of relay drivers (volunteer puppy raisers in several states) to transport the dog by car through each leg of her journey to Zach and his family. Thinking it would be a tough task, especially during the holidays, she was surprised by the outpouring of support from our puppy raising volunteers.


yellow Lab
This morning, December 29, Natura started her journey to Zach. She'll arrive to surprise him on Sunday, January 1. Can you keep a secret? If so, we'll continue to bring you updates along the way contributed by members of our GDB Family -- people brought together, as so often happens here, through the shared love of a dog.
yellow Lab

What is a K9 Buddy, you may ask? Find out! Watch this video to learn more!


yellow Lab

Monday, December 26, 2011

Bianca Visits Our Soldiers Abroad


by Pamela Pospisil, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Class OR 195

My husband, Bill, and I decided to try Space-A travel with the military. "A" stands for "available”, which means we were going standby. Bill has a military retirement, and we are eligible to travel this way for free as long as there is room available. Because we are retirees, we are the lowest on the totem pole of people eligible to take the flight, so we have to be prepared to "hurry up and wait" for flights which we may or may not get on until the last minute. In October 2011 we wanted to try for a flight to Spain.

At the end of January 2011, Bianca, my Guide Dog, and I graduated from GDB at the Oregon campus. Bianca and I had done many things together, but this trip was to be our big adventure, and we didn't know exactly how it would work. Prior to the trip Bill and I made sure we had an international microchip put in Bianca and all papers in order. We were able to get on a C-17 cargo plane from McChord Air Force Base (AFB) in Tacoma, WA to Dover AFB in Delaware. We had a pad for Bianca to lie on, and I put cotton balls in her ears (which she left in during flight) because of the noise. She crawled up into a little ball and stayed that way the entire trip. She did this for every plane ride. We spent a great deal of time with the other passengers during this trip waiting for planes, flying, and seeing each other at the bases. Bianca made a huge impression on people with her great behavior, personality and general beauty. She had a calming effect on everyone around, and her presence was therapeutic. I got many many compliments on her.

The most touching thing was when soldiers came up to her and asked to just pet her. One soldier had come back from Afghanistan and was headed to Germany. He said he just needed to touch her and pet her. Coming back from Germany, our plane was full of soldiers who were just coming back from Iraq. Several of them came up and said they really wanted to pet her. They all said they missed their dogs at home. I heard a lot of comments of people talking about their dogs when they saw Bianca. When you think of the soldiers being away from home, you don't always think about how much they miss their pets.

It was obvious that the military people were not used to dealing with someone with a guide dog, but they treated us with a great deal of respect, and the trip was a huge success. That was mostly due to having Bianca with us, and what a great impression she made on everyone around her. By the way, we never made it to Spain, but Germany was great. The people there love their dogs and did not bat an eye about Bianca being in any public place.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Raising Emmy

yellow Lab in harness
by Kim Harney

In the fall of 2006, my roommate and I received my first baby Guide Dog Puppy -- a wrinkly, female, yellow Lab named, Emmy. My roommate had raised Emmy's dad. We could not have been more excited to raise a puppy that we got to help name and would remind of us of her dad, Simon.

I knew raising a Guide Dog puppy was going to take up a lot of time, a lot of patience and there would be many protocols for me to learn. What I didn’t know is that it would change my life.

Emmy was an amazing puppy (I can’t say that about every puppy!) She was beautiful, sweet, cuddly, funny and the most loyal dog I had ever had. She became my best pal and slept on the floor next to me most every night (Ok, we won’t tell anyone that I occasionally woke up with a furry foot warmer.) Emmy became the center of my world and had a following everywhere she went. Throughout her training she was an excellent ambassador for GDB and learned everything we threw at her like a pro. She was simply perfect.

In May of 2007, the day came when Emmy would go back to GDB for her formal training. It was then I realized how close we'd become. The 20-minute drive to the GDB campus seemed remarkably quick compared to the drive home, which I will always remember, felt like hours. In addition to dropping Emmy off that day, I left a large piece of my heart at GDB. For the next six months, I would go to bed every night wishing my phone would ring to say that Emmy was coming home --I truly believed she belonged with me and would come home.

In October of 2007, we got word that Emmy was excelling in her training and my dream of her coming home was beginning to look less realistic. Thanksgiving of that year, I heard the words I had been praying I would never hear:“Emmy is in class to graduate.” To say I was heartbroken would be putting it mildly.

How could a dog I put so much work into be going to live with someone else? Who could possibly need Emmy more than I did? Who else would tattoo her name on their own foot?

That following week, I got the answer to all of my questions when I spoke with Emmy’s new partner, Tim. Tim is from Missouri and is legally blind due to multiple sclerosis. Tim had fallen in love with Emmy in the short few weeks they had been together, and before our short conversation was over, I knew that Tim needed Emmy and that is why she would not be coming home to me.

Despite knowing how much Tim needed her, I knew that meeting Tim would forever be one of the hardest days of my life. My heart was breaking over a dog that I had become so attached to and never believed would leave me. Actually seeing her beside Tim made me realize what our hard work was all about. My feeling of heartbreak suddenly changed into a feeling of pride.

Many of our friends and family came with me to see Emmy graduate that day. Everyone knew how special she was to me and what a hard day it would be for me. I made it through the day because of Tim. I knew he loved her as much as I did and she was going where she was meant to be.

Emmy will forever be my “heart dog” and Tim will always be a part of my family. Tim and Emmy have an unbreakable bond and nothing in my life will ever compare to raising Emmy and seeing her bond with Tim.

We have raised 12 dogs since Emmy. Each are special in their own way. One, Emmy’s half-sister, came home to stay, and I am thankful every day that she chose to stay with us.

Raising Guide Dogs isn’t just about potty training, following protocol and socializing puppies. It’s a life changing and heartbreaking job. But Emmy and Tim serve as my daily reminder that my heartache is nothing compared to the life changing relationship these dogs form with their partners.

Monday, December 19, 2011

You Think You're Cold...

Crew pulling sleds

Here's the latest update from the Polar Vision Team. They have recently passed their half-way mark in their trek to the South Pole to raise awareness and support for Guide Dogs for the Blind and SightSavers International.

From Richard…………

We are currently doing well, we had our best day for mileage yesterday, clocking in at 18 miles!, we have had mixed weather with high winds, chilling temperatures and white outs, but despite this we are making good mileage each day.

Passing the half way point is a real boost to the morale of the team, we are now 4 days from our final re-supply point and most excitingly another day of rest. This also means we are all looking forward to a change of underwear!! We all think our old ones could probably walk to the pole by themselves : )

It’s amazing with the speed that the weather changes in Antarctica, one minute its bright blue sky then next minute it’s a white out and vice versa.

We are currently at 6220ft and still climbing, it’s noticeable to all the team and we are starting to feel the difficulties of climbing all day, every day. We have all come down with a dry cough which is common in this altitude and is caused by the dryness of the air – this is aggravating but not hindering progress

Thank you for the continued support its a morale boost every day to hear your messages and questions.

Keep them coming


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A Traveling Guide

four people, a Golden and a black Lab
Raisers Tim and Betsy Hardie with Devon (GDB career change Golden), Mike Carpenter, black Lab Reese and Debi Mc Naughton



Guide Dog Reese is 11 1/2 years old and he still loves to travel! He lives in British Columbia with his partner Mike Carpenter. They recently traveled to Graeagle, California with Debi Mc Naughton to visit Reese's raisers, Tim and Betsy Hardie. Reese loves to cruise and has gone to Alaska and Mexico as well on many trips up island for hikes.

Despite his age, he's always ready to go!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Delivering Warmth and Comfort to Veterans

yellow Lab
by Cathy Gregory

It has been a wonderful ride living with Christine, our our 8-year-old retired breeder. After giving birth to many Guide Dog pups, some of whom later graduated as Guide Dogs, she is still serving, by visiting veterans in lock down care at the Veterans Administration hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.

On a recent Thursday afternoon, we were doing our normal visit with her good pal Daisy, a 12-year-old (very light) yellow Lab. The staff refer to the two dogs as twins. When Daisy, Christine and I walked the south corridor, we came upon a crowd of around 12 people -- several doctors, staff and family members --surrounding a patient. Their mood seemed resigned, and I wondered if they were perhaps acknowledging the patient's last hours.

The three of us moved on along the corridor to do our visits, and when we came back to this same room, only one staff nurse remained with him. I asked her if we could go in. She said, "Yes," and then mentioned needing to get some morphine to help ease the patient's pain. I asked Christine to jump on the bed and lie next to the man. He was on a breathing tube for oxygen, but was otherwise unencumbered.

Christine settled parallel to his body with her head next to his. Although, according to the nurse, he had not shown any movement for days, he opened his hand to hold Christine's paw and his face immediately relaxed. We watched the interaction of his fingers and her paw. She remained next to him until I called her down, saying it was time to move along.

I had dreams about this guy, and how Christine helped him move to his next phase. The following week, on our visit to the ward, I asked the nurse about the patient. She said he had moved on -- to a geriatric ward. He was still alive!

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Precious Gift

boy hugging yellow Lab
by Kathy Hinz

When our son Travis (11) was 8 years old he wanted to do a community service project. We started looking into projects that the family could do together. We knew there was a Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raising group in the area and contacted the leaders. Within the first month, Travis and I knew we wanted to become involved with such a wonderful group of people. We encouraged the rest of the family to join with us (Shawn, then 10, and my husband, Steve). Before we knew it we were happily raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. We each have our own ‘puppy jobs’ and it has really given the four of us a lot of extra family time together.

Last Spring we had the opportunity to meet a puppy who made a huge difference in our lives. We worked with a transfer puppy named Vicky. She was small, gentle and kind. Immediately Vicky blended into our household. She would take long naps, lie and watch the family, and always, always at the drop of a hat, be ready for action. Vicky was so well behaved on outings that our boys would proudly strut around stores working her. Once, Travis was working Vicky at Fred Meyers, and when the two of them returned, a woman was following them. She told me that she just had to find the mom who was with Travis and Vicky. She went on to tell me how impressed she was that Travis was so responsible and how incredibly impressed she was with Vicky. She spent several minutes explaining everything that Vicky and Travis had done one aisle over. It was the highlight of our day.

We worked hard to make Vicky into a potential guide dog but, unfortunately, she was fearful of riding on public transportation. Our Field Representative from GDB, Pat Cook, worked with us to increase Vicky's comfort on buses using GDB Food Protocol techniques. Many afternoons were spent riding the local bus route where Vicky became well known to regular riders. Although she improved, she never became comfortable with the noise and movement of the vehicle.

Toward the end of Vicky’s stay with our family, Pat asked us if Vicky would make a good K9 Buddy – we slowly, quietly said “Yes.” You see, the whole family had bonded with Vicky so heavily, that we couldn’t imagine her living with anyone else. However, we wanted her to have a positive influence in a sight impaired child’s life.

The time came for Vicky to be placed as a K9 Buddy, and as proud as we were of Vicky, we were sad that she would be moving on. When the time came for Vicky to leave, we repeatedly told Pat that Vicky was always welcome to return to our home. We wanted her new family to adore her and for the placement to be successful. We sent her new family pictures of Vicky and a long letter all about her. We put our e-mail address all over everything we could find so that if the new family wanted, they could contact us.

One evening, a new name popped up on our e-mail. Jennifer, Vicky’s new mom, had written. Our family was just sitting down for dinner and we all stopped eating and became riveted as I read the e-mail out loud. It was clear within the first two sentences that Vicky had joined a loving, caring family. Vicky went to live with an 8 year old named Luc. Since losing his vision the year before, Luc had night terrors on a regular basis. The day Vicky entered their family, the night terrors stopped. Vicky had provided just what Luc needed. Our favorite picture is of Luc and Vicky in a warm embrace. Both look happy and at ease with one another. Vicky’s new life includes hiking, caving, swimming, playing with Luc and his little brother Gabe and lots of cuddle time!

I was crying so much reading Jennifer’s letter that I needed to take several breaks. As I finished the letter, both Shawn and Travis looked me and said, “We did the right thing.” Even though it was difficult to say good-bye to Vicky, the joy that entered our hearts when we read the e-mail and saw the pictures made the whole experience a highpoint of our year.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Newshounds

a black and two yellow Lab GDB puppies board a bus with their raisers while a man in a yellow vest assists
Guide Dog Puppy Raisers of Yuma, California, go for a bus ride.


Waiting for the Bus

GDB Alumna Tiffany Joliff discusses what it's like to have a Guide Dog on campus

For sixth-grader Shannon Patterson, being a GDB puppy raiser is a responsibility she takes pride in.

9-11 Canine Hero Roselle's story lives on: Care2, Maryville Daily Times

Man's Best Friend Proves an Able Teacher, Too

Puppy Praisers Club Helps Raise Service Dogs


GDB Dog Helps Disabled Students

Olympia Residents Receive Guide Dogs

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Homecoming Week to Remember

black Lab GDB puppy in cowboy hat and shadesby Olivia Mesches, GDB puppy raiser

I am a Junior at Modesto High School in California. Our student body has a long history of displaying extreme spirit and pride during Homecoming Week.

My 10-month-old Guide Dog Puppy in Training, Gaston, was no exception. Gaston dressed up for every spirit day (or, rather, I dressed him up...often to his embarrassment) including Western Day, Neon Day, Explorer Day, Pirate Day, and of course, Spirit Day!

He wore each costume proudly. Occasionally, though, he'd heave a heavy sigh, his sad puppy eyes staring deeply into people's souls as if to say "Look what this crazy lady did to me! Please take this costume off me and have her committed!" Needless to say, Gaston attracted more "ooos" and "awwws" during Homecoming Week than at any other time!

black Lab in red tutu shaking paws with a female friendLuckily, Gaston goes to school with me every day and has grown accustomed to such fame, so he has learned not to let it go to his head. However I am quite sure that, had there been a place for dogs on the Homecoming Royalty ballot, Gaston definitely would have won.

I convinced myself that dressing my dog up was really benefitting him in addition to being fun for me and everyone else who encountered him. (I know one dog who won't be having any sensitivity issues once it comes time for him to put on the big boy harness.)

There were a few costumes, however, that made my male friends cringe...such as the hot pink sweater he wore for Neon Day or the red tutu he wore on Spirit Day. But I assured them that Gaston is very secure in his masculinity (after all, there is an entire song dedicated to this fact in Beauty and the Beast). If you were to ask him, I definitely think Gaston preferred being a cowboy or a pirate.

black Lab in red tutuGaston and I finished off this fun and crazy week at a rally. He had the privilege of sitting in the front row seat and had plenty of eyes on him. Unfortunately, he slept through most of the activities including the school band's performance (even though they were set up right behind us). The resounding din of a gym full of hyped-up high school students right before school let out for the weekend wasn't enough to rouse him. He did get up lazily to help escort me across the gym, providing for the majority of the cheering and cuteness factor.

Gaston was such a good sport and he really made Fall Homecoming special and memorable for a lot of people, myself included.

Olivia with Gaston in tutu

Olivia and Gaston


Friday, November 25, 2011

We've Got a Bone to Pick with Marrow Bones!

by Carol Conway, Client Services Representative, GDB Veterinary Clinic

Our California Campus Veterinary Clinic had an emergency case recently, which we thought was worth sharing: The Harrowing Story of the Marrow Bone! This story's not for the squeamish, but it does have a happy ending!

We often have people ask us what’s safe to give their dog to keep it busy – there are so many products on the market, many with obvious flaws, but some which seem innocent enough. And our dogs love them all!

In this case, however, without the fast reaction of the dog’s custodian, the situation could have been painful and costly, and had serious consequences. A dog had been given a marrow bone to chew on, and somehow had worked it around its lower jaw, ending up with it getting stuck behind the two lower canine teeth. The dog had attempted to push the bone off with its tongue and managed to get its tongue caught underneath.

As soon as the dog arrived at the clinic, it was given sedation, and GDB's veterinary technicians began cutting the marrow bone off with a cast-cutting saw. (This type of saw cuts through bone and plaster, but does not harm the skin.) When the bone was sawed through on one side, a piece of metal was used to pry the bone until it broke in half. The dog awoke easily and had no lingering effects.

Needless to say, the dog is now happly munching biscuits! No more marrow bones!

marrow bone caught around dog's lower jaw
sawing through the marrow bone
broken marrow bone

Friday, November 18, 2011

Candid Camera

black Lab in puppy coat with bright pink tongueVoltaire had it made in the shade...

Our camera buffs have been busy!
Check out our photo submissions for September and October.
And don't forget to take a swim in our Flickr Group Photo pool!

yellow Lab in party hat

Vivaldi had a great birthday party!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Our November Tradition: The Oregon Fall Luncheon

Two puppy raisers with their new pupsIt's a First Friday in November Tradition! Our 12th Annual Oregon Fall Luncheon was held earlier this month at the Oregon Zoo in Portland. With a sell-out crowd of more than 300 people, the event raised funds to support programs at our Oregon campus, as well as introduced us to new friends and offered us a chance to reconnect with longtime supporters. Acting CEO Morgan Watkins with his guide Will emceed the program that featured a dog training demonstration, a keynote address by Paralympic Downhill Skiing Bronze Medalist Danelle Umstead with her Guide Dog Bettylynn, and the ever-popular puppy delivery where puppy raisers were introduced to their new pups (pictured above). Kudos to the volunteer event committee for putting on such a fabulous affair. To see all of the photos from the event, please visit our Flickr site at the following link: Oregon Fall Luncheon Photos.

Breeder's Digest for September 2011

A litter of yellow Lab puppies
Litter Announcements

Labrador Retrievers
Labrador Retriever-Golden Retriever Crosses
Golden Retrievers

New Breeders

Labrador Retrievers
  • Anadale – raised in CA
  • Hestia – raised in CA
  • Joplin – raised in CA
  • Tito – raised in CO
Lab-Golden Cross
  • March – raised in CA
Golden Retrievers
  • Fresca – raised in CA
  • Picasso – raised in CA