Leader Dog University

Homecoming 2012

Published in: Update - Issue 3- 2012 »    Listen to Article ♫
A litter of dogs with their raisers and families

Happy to reunite for a family picture are:
Breeding Stock Dad Kasey with Host Paul
Columbo, Kasper with Puppy Raiser
Dot Ochs, Sadie with Puppy Raiser
Barb Caswell, Samson with Puppy Raiser
Nancy Colombo, Maple with Puppy Raiser
Ann Davis, Amber with Puppy Raiser
Steve Landry, Clarence with Puppy Raiser
Carol Dvorak-mola, Breeding Mom Lacy
with Host Janice White
(not pictured Reba and
Puppy Raiser Gail Haba).

During the first weekend in August we hosted Leader Dog University— Homecoming 2012, an annual event which celebrates our puppy raisers and breeding stock host families. We had almost 700 two-legged attendees over the two days of the event and hundreds of four-legged attendees as well.

One highlight of the weekend was a presentation by Warden Jim McKinney, who heads the largest prison program that raises puppies for us. He shared photos and inmate stories from the 10 years that we've been working together. Also speaking was Judge Paul Teranes, who has been using a guide dog for 54 years (and has served as the chairman of our board of trustees). He shared stories of how each of his dogs worked with him as he grew from a college kid to a family man to a judge and into retirement.

We'd like to again thank all of our wonderful puppy raisers and breeding stock hosts. Also a big thanks to our corporate sponsors—Purina and Coastal Pet Products, Inc.