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Graduation--Guide Dog Puppy Iris
We visited a guide dog school in Osaka.
It was the graduation day for guide dog puppy Iris, from her foster parent
Herb mom and dad (Herb is the first pup they raised).
Puppies played at the run first, with their foster families.
Special thanks to the guide dog school, for allowing me to let Nicky join
Oh, my 8yr-old hyper puppy!
I'm eight, and still young!!
He starts play-bow to a pup
Nicky is the black lab on left
Older dog gets tired sooner...?
Iris and Nicky
I was glad to see my dog looks so young. He plays hard with young pups! He's so young!
but next day, Nicky was still tired...<g> Take care!
Graduation ceremony started.
Puppy walkers took each puppy into the room.
An instructor (trainer) explained about the formal training which the pups
would go through.
"Some dogs would fail the training, but those carrer-change dogs are
still good dogs.
We just try to find the best way for each dog"
Some dogs who are not suitable for guide dog work but suitable for service
dog work, may go to service dog schools.
So, there migjt be Nicky's successor...????
All puppies-in-pre-training, looked same as beloved pet dogs.
They were family members of the puppy walkers.
Iris, the beautiful girl is ready to enter training.
Vivo, the Herb family's new pup, 3mo.old.
Then they went out and saw demo by a guide dog trainee.
and soon the time came.
Puppies and puppy walkers took a memorial picture.
Among crying puppy walkers, Herb-mom sent her beloved Iris back with best
but the instructor told me, "I know she really misses her puppy"
An assistance dog must go through some graduation days.
Graduation from foster families of puppyhood.
Graduation from the trainer, and meets a new partner.
Graduation from team training and starts new life with the partner.
And the last one, Graduation from the duty and the harness.
Some say those dogs are poor, but I don't think so.
Because I know they would be loved all life long, even the home would be
At the graduation, dogs just know "Okay, I'll be loved at new home!"
Nicky would graduate some day, would retire.
I have to find the best way for Nicky, my beloved boy.
... I also thought about it.
A memorial of guide dogs passed away. fomer partners always bring flowers.
Thanks the guide dog school again, for allowing us to share the ceremony.
*Puppy walker: A volunteer who raises a puppy for a guide dog school.
To learn more about Japanese puppy walker's days, visit Herb mom's web
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