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Good Times, Bad Times, Fun Times, Sad Times


This was taken on her first day at my house. Age 7 weeks.

I just received the good news that this little ball of fur has completed her training at The Seeing Eye and is ready for her “town walk”. It’s always great to see the dogs in action, guiding their handler through crowded streets, holding them back from traffic and in general, just doing their job.  What a change from a playful little pup!


What kid doesn't love the snow?

When the puppies go back to the Seeing Eye for training, yes, it’s hard to let go. You worry if they will make it, how they will adjust, will they miss those special little things you did for them. (I had a habit of giving a good night biscuit). It’s very much like when your child goes off to school or camp or the military. I always wondered if she was eating, how was she sleeping, would she be a good learner.  It’s not easy-you think about them frequently.  But, when you hear a blind person talk about the difference a guide dog makes, the independence that is achieved, you want to do it all over again.

She and my grandson were fast friends

One thing I never considered though, was the effect of the pups leaving on my grandson.  He was a year old when Ginger came to me and they were inseparable whenever he was at my house.  The only other thing he cared to play with when he visited was my iPhone.  When Ginger left to go back for training, my grandson was a little over 2.  He was so devastated he didn’t mention her name for a year.  When my last pup came-and she came only a month after Ginger returned to the Seeing Eye-he would never call her by name.  Only “puppy”.  Ginger returned to me a little over a year after she left.  She had completed training but was never ‘matched’ to the right person.  I hope I never forget the look on my grandson’s face when he came to visit and Ginger was there in her same old spot,  Pure joy.  Suddenly, everything was right with his world.  Ginger was Ginger and he started calling puppy by her name.

The “A” Team:

Fast Friends

I am still caught off guard when my grandson says things like “Ginger is sad” and when I ask why, he tells me “because she misses (the puppy)”.  My heart breaks.  It’s hard enough for us adults, I can’t imagine what he must feel or think.  But, I hope one day he will understand.  Fortunately, kids are resilient, and, while he may not understand for a while, I know eventually he will.  And, he will share in the pride and joy when a dog we raise fulfills her purpose in helping another person  have a better life.  And he will know he had a part in it.

Ginger on her town walk

P.S.  I am not using puppy’s name due to the fact she is at the Seeing Eye in training and hopefully she will be matched.  However, I wouldn’t want a student who might happen across this blog to form any preconceptions in case they are matched with her.

A few pics of her growing up:

@ 16 weeks with her sibs. She's in the middle.

Enjoying the summer afternoon

At the Jerzy shore


Pet Photography Contest

I’m not so big on contests (in fact, this is only the second one I ever entered), but this pup is too cute not to show off.  I entered him here:

Looks like a cool place to learn photography and share photos, tips, etc.

Anyway, here is Xyris in all his mischevious innocence:

Looks like he’s saying “who? me?……….Nah……… 🙂

At least it’s only grass and not shoes!

Lost Treasures

I was going through some of my old photos searching for something I didn’t find.  But, I stumbled upon this shot of Ginger and thought “How did I ever miss this?” .  IMO, it’s one of the nicest ones.  It was taken with a Canon Powershot S5 IS. I loved that little camera.  Unfortunately, I do not have it anymore. We were just hanging out in the kitchen and I had to crop and frame in order to remove my son’s foot from the photo. It can be challenging when I have an impromptu opportunity for a shot not to have something distracting in there.

I applied the Clarity filter from Topaz Adjust, but the original was very nice also.

with Topaz Adjust applied

Original photo-no adjustments:

At least my son's socks are clean!




I think not. 🙂 This beautiful bulldog happened to be at a party with Seeing Eye puppies or former SE pups.  I think she stole the show.!  She’s a pup also, though, to me she didn’t have that “puppy” look the larger breeds seem to have.

The Meeting

The Meeting by victry1
The Meeting, a photo by victry1 on Flickr.

I went away from my corner of the world for a few days down to Virginia Beach. I could have stayed forever! (except I’m sure my host and hostess would have gotten tired of me). LOL

I’ve been busy since I got back and haven’t even had time to go through those photos but have been working on some projects in Photoshop Elements. Here is one of them. These are 2 Seeing Eye pups being introduced at a puppy club meeting.

Hope you enjoy.

A Rocky Start

Seems like this blog is off to a somewhat rocky start, despite all my good intentions. I was away for a few days but came back in time to share in a joyful event. My friend’s dog had her “Town Walk” today. A “Town Walk” is when a Seeing Eye pup has completed her training and their puppy raiser and family get to see them in action and see what they’ve learned. It’s a big step on the dog’s road to becoming a full fledged guide dog. It’s rewarding to see the pup that you’ve stayed up with at night, cleaned up after accidents, housebroken, trained, taken on various outings besides all the usual stuff of puppyhood confidently leading, guiding and protecting their trainer. It can be hard to envision this little pup who peed on your floor, chewed your furniture and hid your shoes as one that can be a dependable companion and guide.  So, for a puppy raiser to see their dog in action is truly a happy occasion.

The pups are returned to the Seeing Eye at about 15-18 months of age
Only slightly more than 50% of all pups bred by the Seeing Eye make it to the formal training. . Of those that are accepted into the 4 month training program, only 80% of those make it through the full training period. So, when a dog does make it all the way through and is matched with a blind person. they are the cream of the crop.

The proud graduate. 🙂

One of the pups I raised made it through training and they fully expected to use her. However, dogs and people are matched according to a number of criteria, and, unfortunately, she was not matched with anybody. She stayed at the Seeing Eye for over a year. When she wasn’t matched in that period of time, they called to see if I wanted her back. And, of course I did! 🙂 This is my girl, Ginger:

Ginger on her town walk


One of my favorite shots of the pup I just sent back.  They definitely are members of the family.


A photo taken shortly before my last pup (one I raised after Ginger) returned to the Seeing Eye.