Recently, I got to chat with someone from Guiding Eyes who shared the family information for both of my guide dogs.
Oleta was born on October 23, 2009 to parents Loren and Mark. Her siblings in birth order are:
Osa (released, but became a different sort of service dog)
Oak (retired guide dog)
Oleta (retired guide dog)
Ogden (retired guide dog)
Prim was born on October 21, 2015 to parents Peter and Daphne. Her siblings are:
Peyton (in training)
Peace (working guide dog)
Pongo (detection dog)
Pearl (working guide dog)
Prim (working guide dog)
Pumkin (working guide dog)
It’s great to know where my sweet girls came from. I’m hoping we can meet some of Prim’s siblings! We already know her sister Pumpkin, who was in training when we were in class in September. It was pretty clear they knew that they are sisters, judging by how much they wanted to play together every time they saw each other. ❤
So thankful to Guiding Eyes for breeding, raising, and training so many fantastic dogs.
And so it begins. Just as there was a second journey recorded on this blog in Scotland absent of Oleta, my darling first guide dog, here commences yet another second journey in her absence, that is, my second experience at guide dog school, and a new partnership with another wonderful Guiding Eyes dog. I plan to keep a careful account of my training and related musings in the pages of this blog. My hope is that it will prove useful both for me as an opportunity to reflect on the things I am learning and feeling throughout the process, and for others who want to discover more about guide dogs and guide dog training. When I was a teenager preparing for my first guide dog at 16, I scoured every website I could possibly find related to guide dogs. Training blogs like this were one of my favorite ways to learn more about guide dogs in general, as well as specifics about the varied training philosophies and programs in existence. If this account is as interesting to someone else as similar blogs were to me as a first time applicant to guide dog school, I would be humbled (and also impressed that your attention span is that long because seriously I am a wordy writer. Haha. Prepare yourself!)
See you in New York!