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Guide dogs graduate, start new lives

Guide dog raisers Kim, Darren, Alexa and Ryan Nelson raised Lane for Teresa Brenner. Courtesy photo

El Dorado Second Sight Paws for the Blind, a puppy raising group for Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc., announces that since January of this year three of its pups have successfully completed all of their formal guide training and have graduated as professional Guide Dogs at the organization’s San Rafael campus.

Lane, a black Labrador retriever and the first puppy raised by Alexa and Kim Nelson from El Dorado Hills, will be working with his new partner, Teresa Brenner, in Savannah, Ga. Lundy, Lane’s yellow brother and the fourth pup raised by Ali and Bonnie Bayard from Placerville, will be working with Joseph Galante in Verde, Ariz. And Kalana, a yellow Labrador retriever and the second pup raised by Lauryn and Jane Andrew from El Dorado, will be guiding her partner, Ron Nurse, in Ontario, Canada.

These pups lived with their puppy raising families for more than a year. There they received all of their basic obedience skills and were introduced to countless experiences in the community before heading off to GDB headquarters in San Rafael for formal guide training.  During this second phase of their training, Lane, Lundy and Kalana were required to master eight different skill levels in order to meet the graduation requirements.

Lane, Lundy and Kalana and their new partners will join a community of more than 2,200 successful GDB guide teams that are currently living and working in the United States and Canada. GDB is a passionate community of trainers, puppy raisers, volunteers and donors dedicated to producing highly qualified guide dogs that serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. Since it’s founding in 1942, more than 14,000 teams have graduated from GDB. The El Dorado Second Sight puppy group has raised more than 400 dogs in the 40 years it has been committed to this program.

All of GDB’s services are provided free of charge; GDB receives no government funding.

If you know someone who could benefit from their services, let them know about this program and direct them to guidedogs.com. For more information about the El Dorado Second Sight puppy group send an email to [email protected].

Special to Village Life

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