Saturday, February 13, 2016

Another puppy gate-crasher

Turns out that Sparkle isn't the only Seeing Eye pup who knows how to crash the gate to get someone else's dinner.

Another puppy gate-crasher

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This young golden retriever, going after the cat food, just punched right on through the baby gate. Unlike Sparkle, who went over in a huge leap, this guy took the brute-strength route. (Photo courtesy of Robin Brelsford.)

In a recent post, I told how Sparkle leaped high over the puppy gate to steal old Timber's dinner. This eager young golden retriever is being raised by a friend of ours in the local puppy-raising club. She explained that she had cut a small hole in the mesh so the cat could get through. But the pup just pushed his head and body right on through the impossibly small hole. As you can see, Robin caught him in the act!

In a related note, Porter just swiped a freshly baked loaf of pumpkin bread off the kitchen counter this morning, and Sparkle's piercing, insistent bark brought me quickly to the scene, in time to save two other loaves (although one was already in pieces on the floor). Luckily, Sparkle was securely in her crate at the time and could not join in the feeding frenzy. But she certainly wanted to!

Also, if you have any questions or observations about raising Seeing Eye puppies, I encourage you to post a comment.  For questions I may not be able to answer immediately, I can contact the Seeing Eye and get back to you.       

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George Carter, The Inquirer's weekend national/foreign editor, has always counted dogs among his closest companions. According to family lore, he learned to walk by clinging to the side of a saintly patient mutt named Spanker. In turn, one of his earliest hazy memories is of tossing treats to the family dogs gathered expectantly on the porch of their Maryland farmhouse. It was only natural then, that when George saw a newspaper ad looking for families to raise puppies for the Seeing Eye of Morristown, N.J., he bit at the chance. From the start, it has been a family project, with teenage daughter Betsy as the official puppy-raiser. First there was Porter, a big-hearted yellow Lab born on Memorial Day 2004. A few years later, the Carters raised Velma, a gorgeous Lab/golden cross. Just a couple weeks ago, Velma's 7-week-old daughter Sparkle arrived as the latest family charge. George, Betsy and mom Cathy are thrilled that Sparkle is from Velma's very first litter. You can reach George Carter at 215-854-2411 or by clicking here. Reach George at

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