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.