Sunday in Pictures

Butsch and I and the rest of our "puppy raising group" took off Friday
for Leader Dogs For The Blind in Rochester Michigan to attend Leader Dog University.
We were able to listen to speakers, get training tips, and the Leader Dog people
were able to see the puppies they bred, --- about half grown up.
You should see the look on people's face when a bus pulls up to the
wayside and 15 of the cutest puppies ever hop out :-)

Duke was with us.  He is being raised in a work release correctional prison
by an inmate.  The inmate of course cannot cross over state lines, so,
someone in our group brought Duke along for the experience.
He has the biggest, blockiest, head of any lab I ever saw. :-)

Maisie was with us. (Golden Retriever)
(I think she looks like a lttle fox in this picture :-)

Jo was with us.  (Black Lab)

Micah was with us.   (Yellow Lab)
He is sporting a UW Badgers scarf -- we could
dress for the theme of the day.

.....and Scout was with us. (Yellow Lab)
He was one of the younger pups on the bus.

And last but not least, we had a working dog on the
bus with us.  Lilly is leading a visually impaired
person.  When I called Lilly's name to take her picture,
she turned her head away from me and ignored me.
Good Girl Lilly!
The last thing a blind person needs is a dog that
is distracted by someone on the street.

We had a lot more puppies on board, but it was very hard to take pictures while I was handling Butsch. :-)  (Butschy Boy was a tad overexcited most of the trip.)  He was the only German Shepherd on the bus.  I saw one of his siblings at Leader Dog.  She was 3 inches shorter than him and much smaller.

Guess who I saw in harness there?!
This is a picture of Trixy the first day we got her.

(For those who don't know, Trixy was the last puppy I raised
and she has been at Leader Dog getting her formal training in harness.)
We rarely get to see the dog we raised in it's formal training.
I got to say hello to her.  Did she wiggle!  Her trainer said she is "teacher's pet".
If all goes well, she will be eligible for issue to a blind person in August.
.....dr momi


Megen said...

Adorable! I love it!

Roxey Lucey said...

What about a picture of Butsch? They are all so adoreable

dr momi said...

It was a little "crazy" at times. (Or should I say I was a little crazy most of the time)....not enough brain power to think through getting all the pictures I should have!.....wish I had taken a pic of Butsch's sister.

TexWisGirl said...

such beautiful and amazing dogs. :)

Candy C. said...

What a neat program! All the dogs are adorable!

Mama Pea said...

Bless you for giving your time to this oh-so-worthwhile cause! These dogs amaze me.

Janice L. Grinyer said...

Such good dogs! The temperament is soo important for the program - Im esp. thinking that Trixie is going to have an exciting leader life up ahead...

Homeschool on the Croft said...

Oh my goodness, what gorgeous dogs! I love them all, and we have a lab ourselves, but I have to say.... that golden retriever is just a beauty, isn't she? Stunning :)

These dogs are absolutely amazing...

Homemade Easy said...

Wonderful post. My son has Autism, and we were told about a program for dogs & Autism. Thank you for doing this program. May God's blessings be on you. Virginia

dr momi said...

Virginia....look into getting an autism dog for your son. I've heard wonderful things about them!