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Why I CONTINUE to Raise Puppies for Leader Dogs for the Blind

It began simply enough:  PUPPY LUST.  Puppy breath, tiny and fuzzy ball of fur.  The satisfaction of training an animal, developing a bond.

One puppy.  Two puppies.  Three, four...and now a fifth puppy!

Why am I doing it again?

Because I can.  

And because someone has to. 

There are blind and visually impaired people who need a dog to guide them safely, enabling mobility and independence.

Yes, it is difficult to give the puppy back to Leader Dogs for the Blind when he or she turns one year old.  But the puppy adapts and adjusts and thrives in a learning environment.  If we're lucky, and the puppy chooses the "exceptional" life, he or she will go on to bond with a new person.  It won't be work all the time, in fact, I question that the Leader Dog considers it work at all--to accompany his or her person everywhere, to use his or her exceptional mind.  Wouldn't all dogs be more balanced with such focus in their lives?

After three puppies, I said, "It is likely I won't stop here."

I was right!

The fifth (and current): FLD Dutch. My first Golden Retriever.

The fourth: FLD Scout, a Golden/Lab mix. Scout was matched with her new partner in Feb. 2013 and will be working in Beloit, Wisconsin!
The third:  FLD Gus. Cc'd in November, 2011, he is now enjoying life as our pet. He loves our northern woods!

The second:  FLD Mike, graduated April, 2011, now a working Leader Dog in Barcelona, Spain!

The first:  FLD Rosie. Cc'd in March 2010, Rosie is helping to raise my three nieces.

Why don't YOU consider raising a puppy for Leader Dogs for the Blind?  You will be glad you did!  

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