I just wanted to take the time to make a shout out to my fellow Guide Dog Of America bloggers (the blogs I’ve been able to find that is).
Who Are Guide Dogs Of America
If you haven’t heard me talk about Guide Dog Of America before then you probably haven’t been reading through much of my blog. Anyways, here’s a little excerpt from the GDA website:
Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.
I must say that is a very noble cause and I am glad to be a part of it as Guide Dog puppy raiser.
What Are Puppy Raisers
I am lucky enough to have the privilege of raising a puppy named Stetson for Guide Dogs of America. Here’s another little excerpt from their website on puppy raising:
YOUR ROLE AS A PUPPY RAISER: As a Puppy Raiser you will play an essential part in making sure your puppy receives the proper socialization needed to help adjust to the important job it will be doing later on in life.
It will be your responsibility to socialize the puppy as much as you can. Take the puppy everywhere. Expose it to as many different situations as possible (construction sites, heavy traffic areas, animals, children). A well socialized puppy will have fewer adjustments to make when it comes in for formal guide dog training.
The Puppy Raiser is required to teach the puppy basic obedience, such as how to walk on a leash (on the left, and slightly out in front), how to sit, stay, lay down, and come when called. It will be your responsibility to take your puppy through an approved basic obedience class and to attend monthly meetings. The meetings allow your puppy to interact with other dogs and it gives you the opportunity to talk to other Puppy Raisers. It is a good time to make friends and compare notes on your puppies.
In a few short paragraphs that is what we do.
My Fellow GDA Puppy Raising Bloggers
Here’s a list of GDA puppy raisers I’ve been able to find in the blogosphere:
- Dustin - I am a yellow lab who is in training to become a guide for a blind or vision impaired person. I am a Labrador Retriever belonging to Guide Dogs of America. I am in training to become a guide for the blind. This is my story.
- Stetson and I have been lucky enough to attend monthly meetings and weekly trainings with Dustin for the past year. Dustin goes in for his formal training on February 16th.
- Oceana – Tales from a chocolate puppy in training.
- Truman – Hi. Have we met? I’m Jenny. And this little guy in the photo with me is Truman, my second puppy-in-training for Guide Dogs of America.
- Camry – Meet Camry, my sixth dog to raise for Guide Dogs of America!
- Blitz - Blitz is a puppy in training for Guide Dogs of America. We will be sharing this blog, so some posts (On his blog) will be by me, and some will be by him. (MOSTLY by him though.)
- Tai – The story of four dogs, raised by two people, all for one common goal.
- Tonka – I’m a male yellow Labrador and haven’t gone to my puppy raiser just yet.
- Woody – My name is Woody and I’m a guide dog in training for Guide Dogs of America…
- Drea – Drea is a GDA puppy in training for Guide Dogs of America.
Other Guide Dog Organizations
There are many other Guide Dog and Service Dog organizations across the nation (world) and I won’t pretend to know them all. Here’s a short list of some of the organizations I’ve come into contact in California:
- Guide Dog Of America
- Guide Dogs for the Blind
- Guide Dogs of the Desert International
- Canine Companions for Independence
Puppy raising is a wonderful way to help these service dog organizations. If you take a peak at any of the blogs you will see that we all cherish our time with our puppies in training and do our best to prepare them for their future careers.
Did you get a chance to read any of the blogs? Do you know any other GDA bloggers I can add to my list? Do you use an RSS reader to subscribe to these blog feeds?