Special Puppies

     I'm off to Leader Dogs For The Blind today in Rochester Michigan.  I'm going for training to be an IFT (in for training) assessor.  If I pass, I will be assessing Future Leader Dogs at around 10 mon. old, in different aspects of their training.  Leader Dog will use the information to help in their breeding program, etc. (i.e. "Is the whole litter fearful?  Is the whole litter easily distracted?"  Then maybe they would not use that breeding of the parents again.)  For those of you that don't know, Leader Dogs For The Blind has their own breeding program to produce  puppies with great characteristics for leading a blind person.  It's been going on for many, many generations already.

     I thought you might like to go down memory lane with me.  Here's the puppies I've raised so far.

Yellow Lab, leading a blind person.

Golden Retriever
Billy was "career changed" and is now our hunting dog.

Golden Retriever, "career changed".
He is now a pampered pet and the "mascot" at a garden
 center near Green Bay.  He gets all the pets he can take in.

Blackjack....leading a blind person.


Yellow lab, "career changed"
He is now a great house pet.

Golden Retriever/German shepherd .
He is now a working dog leading a blind person.

Beatrix (Trixy)
Yellow Lab, leading a blind person

.......and Butsch
German Shepherd
He is 6 1/2 months old now,
I will have him until just after Thanksgiving.

.....dr momi


TexWisGirl said...

they're all so beautiful, no matter what their 'job' turns out to be.

Roxey Lucey said...

how can you be an IFT if you live so far away?

dr momi said...

I would be assessing the puppies from around the Green Bay area.

Evelyn Carey said...

Excellent work you are doing!!!! Cute dogs too!

Candy C. said...

Great puppy pictures and kudos to you for your contribution to the program!

Dicky Bird said...

What a wonderful thing to do, raising "puppies with a purpose" I'm sure your love and care has blessed many people!