Friday, August 28, 2015

Sparkle rides the rails

Sparkle the Seeing Eye pup takes a scenic train excursion with the puppy raisers club.

Sparkle rides the rails

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On a recent Sunday afternoon, we joined the puppy-raiser club on an excursion on the Wilmington & Western Railroad  in Delaware that was great fun for everyone as well as solid exposure for the Seeing Eye pups. 

Sparkle enjoyed the leisurely ride through the leafy countryside and behaved well. Some of the pups were a bit balky about climbing on and off the train and needed some encouragement. Sparkle went down carefully and smoothly, but getting back on after our half-hour picnic break at Mount Cuba, she made a huge leap up the stairs.

She had no problems walking through the crowded train station and meeting up with the other pups.  

Medical update: She's doing much better after her dog bite last week. Tomorrow morning, I take her back to the vet to have the stitch in her nose removed and get her rechecked. I'm hoping this one bad encounter doesn't make her skittish around other dogs. She raised quite a barking ruckus the other day when we walked past a yard where a docile old Lab was sitting out front. 

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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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