Patrick is SO Sweet!


This is pretty neat! At this guide dog school, the pups in training get to come home to their raisers on the weekends. Now, this wouldn’t work for, for example, Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers, because we are in Texas and the schools are in California and Oregon with GDB. Still neat though.

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Our sweet Patrick got to spend the week at home on a bit of a holiday.

It was lucky for our little Nimble, our new Guide Dog puppy, as she got to snuggle with him during her first week at home. 😀

Patrick also rather fancies Nimble’s crate!

The reason Patrick got to have a bit of a holiday has to do with his training.
As I suspected, our sweet puppy is going to take a little longer to train than the pooches he initially started with. Whilst his kennel mates have a couple of months left in their programme with GDMI Percy, Patrick is not as far along as they are, so he has been moved into the next intake group and will now continue his training with GDMI Moses.

It is really cool that the dogs-in-training get to come home on weekends. We get to see the puppies we…

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

2 thoughts on “Patrick is SO Sweet!”

  1. Hi Jessica & Makiko!
    It is very cool for us Jessica 😀
    In South Africa, the dogs are trained mainly in Johannesburg with a small training programme in Cape Town, so their puppies are raised near the training centres.
    There are a few puppy raisers who live just a little too far away to make a twice weekly trip to Guide-dogs practical, and sometimes a pup raised in Joburg is sent to the Cape for training, so those dogs go home to volunteer “boarders” on weekends – often puppy raisers who are “between” puppies. 🙂
    This is a fairly new practice for SA Guide-dogs but it seems to be working for everyone.

    1. That’s very neat. Today at our puppy raising meeting we heard from Dogs4Diabetics and they have a kinda similar setup (but while in training). So they have the traditional puppy raiser situation but then while in training, the dogs are at the training center during the day and then go home to their fosters at night and during the weekends. It’s very cool to see how the programs work — I guess it just depends on where the raisers are geographically compared to the school.

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