Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sparkle's cool summer vacation

Sparkle the Seeing Eye pup swims in a pond for the first time and makes a new friend.

Sparkle's cool summer vacation


Joining the family on a trip to southern Indiana, Sparkle takes to the water (a bit gingerly) and hangs out with Duke, the resident yellow Lab at the cousins' place.

Sparkle did superbly on the long drive out and has been enjoying the chance to go off-leash on some great romps with Duke. She also really enjoys riding in the big four-wheel-drive Ford pickup (upfront, of course!) while Duke can just hop in the back country-style.

It's great exposure for Sparkle as she swims in a pond and then walks with us along a rocky creek. It's been much drier in the Midwest than around Philly, so the creek is very low and we can walk from rock to rock while Sparkle and Duke wade through the shallow pools. This is what summer is all about!

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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 gcarter@phillynews.com.

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