Saturday, August 30, 2014
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A sweet card from Sparkle's mom

Velma, our previous Seeing Eye pup and Sparkle's mom, drops us a line, with a picture of her and the newest kids.

A sweet card from Sparkle's mom

Velma looks like she has quite a job to do, with 10 hungry little pups crowding in for dinner. Daughter Sparkle says "hi!" (Photo courtesy of the Seeing Eye)
Velma looks like she has quite a job to do, with 10 hungry little pups crowding in for dinner. Daughter Sparkle says "hi!" (Photo courtesy of the Seeing Eye)

We got a wonderful surprise treat in the mail yesterday. Sparkle's mom, Velma, sent us a handwritten card and picture of her with her new litter of 10 pups!

Velma, as you may recall, was our previous Seeing Eye pup who did so well when she went back for training that she was selected for the elite breeding program. Here is Velma's note:

"Hello Family!
I'm a mom again -- this time with 10 (triple-underlined) puppies! The dad is a handsome young black Lab named Frank. There are 4 boys and 6 girls. Ten pups keep me busy, but I so love being a mom! And I get to play with some puppy toys with them which is fun! When I'm not being a mom here, I enjoy my walks and always (underlined) free play time with stuffed toys!! Hope you don't miss me too much.

Love,
Velma"

Well, we certainly do miss Velma, but are so proud of her. Bringing 10 potential Seeing Eye dogs into the world is quite an achievement! We're hoping to adopt Velma when she finishes her mom mission at the Seeing Eye, but she may be called upon for guide dog duty even then. We'll welcome her with hugs and open arms if she does come back to us.

And many thanks, of course, to the Seeing Eye employee who put Velma's thoughts to paper in such beautiful handwriting! I loved the little heart at the end next to Velma's signature.

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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