Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Puppy Halloween party

Sparkle shows off her costume at the puppy-raising club's annual Halloween party and competes in a contest.

Puppy Halloween party

Sparkle had a blast at this week's puppy-raising Halloween party. Most of the pups came in costume. Sparkle was in a cat-suit a couple sizes too small.

After the obedience training circle and the regular business meeting, the pups engaged in some lively competition -- bobbing for tennis balls. Two pups squared off against each other at a time, and the first to retrieve the ball from a plastic bucket full of water was the winner and went on to the next round. Sparkle made it to the finals, where several pups competed side-by-side.

It was a fun evening, with plenty of laughs all around. The humans enjoyed cider, soft drinks and various sweet treats. No people treats for the pups, of course. That's a Seeing Eye rule we all live by (except when the pups pilfer what they can on the sly).  

George Carter
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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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