Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Follow the bouncing ball

Sparkle joins the puppy club and heads over to Rowan University for a basketball game.

Follow the bouncing ball

The puppy club was going on an outing to Rowan University for a basketball game. Betsy and I were both booked up, but Sparkle was available for the evening. Luckily, a fellow club member was able to swing by and pick Sparkle up so she could join in the fun. Thanks, Nancy!

Sparkle and the other pups were well-behaved and had a great time, I'm told. I took Velma, Sparkle's mom, to a game at Rowan a few years ago and  remember how the pups just sat so attentively and watched the ball bounce back and forth, back and forth. The pups looked like bobbleheads as they swiveled to follow the action.  They didn't seem to pay much attention to the players, just kept their eyes on the ball.

This game had a better ending than the one we went to with Velma. Rowan lost that one, but  the home team won decisively last week, 74-58.

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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