Pups in training — Left to right are El Dorado Second Sight Puppy Club volunteers Karrie Kinsella with Adam, Martha and Tony Pike with Niesen, Nicole Cox with Jimmy and Tessa Friar with Fitzroy. Courtesy photo

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Club welcomes new pups

By From page A1 | August 02, 2017

The El Dorado Second Sight Paws for the Blind Puppy Raising Club recently welcomed four new puppies from Guide Dogs for the Blind — one golden retriever, two yellow Labs and one black Lab on a journey destined to take them to a partnership with someone who is blind or vision impaired.

Adam, a golden retriever born Jan. 14, is being raised by Karrie Kinsella of El Dorado Hills. Adam is Kinsella’s fifth puppy. She said she became interested in puppy raising when she was looking for a way her 14-year-old daughter could volunteer. She met a guide dog puppy raiser at a local store and got information about the program. Puppy raising offers the opportunity to “change a person’s life in a really significant way,” Kinsella said. She called Adam a very cuddly, lovable puppy that always wants to be near a human. He’s very friendly to all humans and dogs, including his doggie housemate Charlie.

Niesen, a yellow Lab born March 9, is being raised by Martha and Tony Pike of Folsom. Niesen is the couple’s seventh puppy . Martha and Tony started raising puppies when one of their pets died and they inquired about getting a career change guide dog puppy. A friend who was a puppy raiser persuaded them to raise a puppy for Guide Dogs. The couple said they soon discovered puppy raising is something you can’t do just once. They love attending graduations in San Rafael after the dogs have completed training and are paired with their working partner. Niesen is very smart and has very good house manners, they noted. He gets along well with their pet black Lab, Lahaina, a career change guide dog. He likes his walks in the neighborhood and an occasional swim in the pool.

Jimmy, a yellow Lab born April 9, is being raised by Nicole Cox of Rescue. This is Nicole’s first puppy. She is a college student and will take him to school as soon as he is old enough. Nicole said she found out about raising a puppy by logging on to the Guide Dogs for the Blind website and completing the interest paperwork. Then she found the El Dorado Second Sight Club information and contacted the club. When asked what excited her about raising Jimmy, she said she is anxious to see the end product. Jimmy is a very relaxed puppy or in her words “chill.” He does well with other dogs and sleeps a lot.

Fitzroy, a black Lab born April 5, is being raised by Tessa Friar of Camino. This is puppy No. 8 for Tessa and she started by raising with another family and her daughter Hannah. She said she sees puppy raising as a way to serve others. Fitzroy is calm and learning fast. He is a fun puppy and will often settle on people’s feet under chairs.

These raisers welcome the puppy into their homes for 14 to 18 months where they teach the dogs to have excellent house manners and socialize the dogs to the outside world by introducing them to new people, places and experiences.

Raisers then return their dogs to Guide Dogs for the Blind for several months of formal training. Raisers are invited to formally present the dog they have raised to its new partner in a public graduation ceremony.

Guide Dogs for the Blind has been creating these life-long partnerships for people throughout the United States and Canada since 1942. Services are provided free of charge. The organization receives no government funding and relies solely on private donations.

El Dorado Second Sight currently has 10 families with puppies in different stages of their initial training. The more than 60 members of this group help to support Guide Dogs for the Blind in its effort to raise great dogs. In the 40-plus years of its existence, this puppy club has raised more than 400 dogs.

For more information about El Dorado Second Sight paws for the Blind and how you can get involved contact Lelia Perez at [email protected] or Guide Dogs for the Blind at 1-800-295-4050.

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