Wednesday, May 30, 2012
By Puppy Raiser Marsha Miller
Recently in Oregon, the Eugene and Corvallis puppy raiser clubs met at the Eugene Fire Department’s Sheldon Station #6 to introduce the puppies to fire trucks and firefighters. Captain Chris Paskett and his firefighters took the group on a tour of the station during the dinner hour and all puppies showed their very best house manners.
The group then had the opportunity to check out to the garage bay and the large fire engine. The Captain started up the truck, drove out with lights flashing while the pups stood nearby, completely unfazed by the commotion.
One of the firefighters put on his turnouts, oxygen/mask, and a locator alarm that emits a high pitched tone if the firefighter is down. All of the puppies were extremely curious but not frightened by the look or the sounds. He then lay on the ground in his gear and let all of the puppies check him out - and they did - sniffing head to toe!
The firefighters were so kind and willing to give the puppies an experience that would benefit them. It was a great experience for all of us.
Posted by Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) at 9:25 AM