Wow, this is so exciting. I am finally a Guide Dog Puppy raiser, to an amazing female black Lab! The school that she is from breeds, trains and places Guide Dogs to people who are seeing impaired at no cost to the candidate.
A candidate can be from any part of the United States. Most puppy raisers are from the south, Florida, Georgia, N. Carolina, Tennessee.
The school is in Palmetto, Florida and was originated in 1982. Their web site is http://www.guidedogs.org/.
It is my job (pleasure) to expose Bella to all kinds of sounds, scents, experiences and especially obedience over the next 12 + months. Her training is all mapped out as well as "field trips" at least 2x a month with our area coordinator.
My particular sweet puppy was sponsored by a Pilot Club of Macon, GA. We appreciate our sponsors so much, as they fund her costs the first year of her life and are able to name their puppy.
A few years ago I attended a SEGD Annual Walk-a-thon and it changed my life. I was able to see up close and personal exactly how much the Guide Dogs change and mobilize a persons life. It was very moving. Some people basically never leave their house....then they are granted this amazing animal and go and do just like the rest of us.
The school is supported by donations, fund raisers and walk-a-thons. Please consider a donation to Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc, www.firstgiving.com/carlajg
I am SO thankful to my vision and feel so strongly about this school, and everything they stand for it is my honor and privilage to help out in this way!
Thank you, and I will be updating this site with Bella's progress and puppy visits, so stay tuned.