Friday, April 18, 2014
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Through a guide dog's eyes

In a must-watch video from the Seeing Eye, we see a guide dog in action - from his vantage point.

Through a guide dog's eyes

Since I started Puppy Steps last spring, we've seen the action  from the puppy raiser's viewpoint. Last week, I introduced Mariea, who recently completed training with her fourth guide dog and has already returned home. Her blog My Fourth Guide Dog describes day by day what it's like to train with a Seeing Eye dog.  

Now, in an adorable video from the Seeing Eye's seeing4me YouTube channel, we can follow Garcia the guide dog with a "GoPro Hero camera custom-mounted on Garcia's harness," as the Seeing Eye describes it.  Garcia is the guide dog for an employee at the Seeing Eye's campus in Morristown, N.J., and frequently appears on the Seeing Eye's own puppy blog Raising a Seeing Eye Puppy that features the adventures of young Vinson.

If this doesn't make you smile ...  

George Carter
About this blog
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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