Written by Stephanie Ruggerone, Practice Administrator
Many of you are already aware of Animal Care Clinic’s association with Guide Dogs of America, as a portion of the donations received at our annual Wine Gala Open House benefited this wonderful organization. What you may not know, is just as it takes a community to raise a child so it also takes the help of many people to properly socialize and raise a puppy to be the eyes for a blind individual. While I may be the official puppy raiser for Recco, my sixteenth guide dog puppy, the entire clinic as well as our clients are instrumental in his education. Successfully learning to remain calm and quiet, following commands given by a variety of people and exposure to life’s sights and sounds would never be accomplished without all of you!
Recco recently returned from a week of evaluations at Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar, California; and I am happy to report he passed with flying colors. All puppies must be returned to the school several times during the raising period to insure they are developing into the type of dog that can handle the stressors of guide work. At 6-months of age he was evaluated to determine if he should be considered for the school’s breeding program. This recent evaluation was performed at 9-months of age and he was observed for his reactions at a busy indoor mall as well as for his response to obedience commands. His hips and elbows were x-rayed to rule out dysplasia and he had exposure to unfamiliar dogs in the community runs and kennel. His next evaluation is scheduled for his 1-year birthday in late December. We are also honored that Recco has been chosen as one of several œpuppies in training to attend the Guide Dogs of America annual gold tournament and awards banquet being held in Las Vegas next month!
Our Dr. Evans is scheduled to raise a female yellow lab for GDA. Her puppy was born recently and can be seen on the puppy cam at the Guide Dogs Of America website. I will let you know how Recco does in Las Vegas; perhaps he will bring home a jackpot!