A fair summer day for Sparkle

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Sparkle immediately gains a male admirer. This handsome German shepherd is a 7-month-old from the Seeing Eye club in Lower Bucks.

Puppy Steps is back from an unexpected three-week hiatus due to tonsil and sinus surgery that came up on short notice. (My surgery, that is; the pup is fine.) Betsy and I were able to walk the dogs most evenings, but I stayed close to home and we didn't do any outings with Sparkle.

Here is Sparkle in action at the Gloucester County 4-H Fair back on July 31. The day before, she attended the puppy club's obedience demo at the fair. I was unable to attend because of work, but another club member graciously stepped in and put her through her paces. I'm told she did very well!

On Sunday, Betsy and I took her back to the fair and walked her all over the grounds, acquainting her with goats, sheep, horses, chickens, cows, pigs and surely some other farm animals I can't even remember. She wasn't rattled by any of the commotion, and we even met a Seeing Eye pup from Pennsylvania.  As always, we enjoyed talking to passersby wanting to know about the Seeing Eye and its puppy-raising program.