My Foster Pup

Our Girl Perky

Our Girl Perky

Here is a photo of our pup, Perky.  She was 4 months old at the time.  We got her when she was 11 weeks old and she is now 8 1/2 months old.  I will be posting more photos  of her along the way, but this is my favorite photo of her – she looks so noble, doesn’t she?

She has quite a life ahead of her.  Perky is a Future Guide Dog.  I am a volunteer puppy walker and am raising her for the Guide Dog Foundation.  This means she will live with my family for 12-14 months, before she moves on for her service training.

Our mission is to train her for basic obedience and to socialize her.  The socializing is the fun part.  Since she is being raised to be a service dog, she is allowed everywhere I go – stores, restaurants, malls, buses, railroad, libraries, nursing homes – you name it, we go there.

She never fails to bring a smile to the people who see her.  I watch people as they notice her and see their cares practically melt away as their eyes light up.  Puppies have that effect on people!

I’ll be writing more about Miss Perky and the Guide Dog Foundation – also posting more photos – she is a bit of a ham and loves the camera.

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3 Responses to My Foster Pup

  1. Vicki Bensinger March 29, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    Maria, Perky has grown up so much. She is beautiful. I know that my Cody would love to meet her. Maybe someday they can play together.

    I think what you are doing for the Guide Dog Foundation is wonderful. You will make someone very happy someday with all the hard work you are putting into training Perky.

  2. Maria March 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    Thanks Vicki! She is a sweetie – and smart! She is going to be a terrific Guide Dog when she grows up. She is very sensitive to what is going on around her. If I am having a bad arthritis day and limping a little, she will adjust her pace to match mine – I didn’t even have to teach her to do that!

    My first pup, Monte, is already back from his sojourn in Georgia and is in for his Guide Dog certification training.

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