Thursday, January 1, 2015

Holiday pictures.....
Lucky demonstrates the 5 toys in the mouth trick.
Bird watching comes naturally to Lucky.

Santa Claus or penguin?

Sadie makes herself at home with pet, Marley.

Rio and his Kong.

That's all the toys?

Rio plays a mean piano.

Jonathan's first day at his new home.

Getting to know Shadow

Kelly lounging in front of the tree.

Remington turns one.

Mike celebrates the new year.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

An even dozen.......
Unfortunately I was unavailable to attend the latest puppy pick up so we don't have many pictures to share.  However, the ones we have are adorable.
Meet new raiser, Tanner, and puppy, Sadie, at the "rock."
The ride home.

Coming to a meeting soon.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Puppy number eleven.......
First the signing of the paperwork and the goodie bag from Puppy Raising Services.

Fresh from his bath, Jonathan gets fitted for his new collar.
The happy new team.
The "rock" picture.
So cute.
The fun begins.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Party..........
Last meeting of the year we combined a restaurant exposure with a holiday celebration.  It was a challenge to find a place with a room large enough to accommodate 10 guide dog pups in training and 31 humans, but Alpha Pizza, Pasta, and Prime of Apollo Beach was perfect.

Remington wears the harness at his last meeting.  He goes in for training in January.

Does my tail look big from this angle?



Skylar relaxes.

One of our members is an ambassador for Subaru and presented each puppy and raiser with a Subaru bag filled with goodies.

Thank you to the management and staff at Alpha restaurant for hosting our meeting there.  The food and service were excellent.  See you next year...  Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Open House........
Our Saturday meeting took us to Southeastern Guide Dogs' Open House on their Palmetto campus.  A variety of activities were available including blindfold walks, viewing puppy training, Ambassador dog meet and greet, and an opportunity to meet some guide dogs in training. In addition there were presentations on the Creation of a Guide Dog, All About Puppy Raising, A Graduate's Story, and Guide Dog Assessment. 
As always we gathered to discuss our plan for the morning.

Skylar practices her relaxation protocol.
Kelly keeps an eye on everything.

Hero and family.

Rio checks in with his raiser.

Recon relaxes.

Mike enjoys the shade.

Bogey on alert.

It's always nice to  have former raisers join us.

Next we went our separate ways to enjoy the activities and presentations.  Wally at the Freedom Courtyard.

Bogey has an admirer.

Lucky and raiser.

Our very own, Leslie, does a presentation about puppy raising.

Blindfold walks with a trained dog gives you a new understanding of the trust a visually impaired person must have in their guide.  Several raisers took advantage of the opportunity.


Carole learns how to do a "right about."


 Rachel shows her excitement.

The highlight of the morning was a visit from Santa Claus. 




Makes you want to take one home.

Happy Holidays!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Lucky and Recon get into the holiday spirit......
Lucky, Recon and Ben, along with their handlers, attended a holiday event of the Marine Corps Forces Central Command (MARCENT). 

Lucky, the one with antlers, and Ambassador Ben.

Lucky and Recon spread good cheer.

Happy Holidays!!!