Friday, December 19, 2014

Join Sparkle at a pet arts festival

On Sunday, Sparkle is joining the other Seeing Eye pups at Wheaton Village in Millville, N.J.

Join Sparkle at a pet arts festival

We're headed on Sunday down to Wheaton Village in Millville, N.J., for a puppy outing at the fun-filled Paws for Art day.  There will be a Seeing Eye puppy demo at 11 a.m., and the pups will begin arriving at 10.  It's free and you can even bring your own dog along!

This will be Sparkle's last outing with us before she goes back to the Seeing Eye for training on Tuesday. So if you'd like to meet Sparkle, or any of her puppy pals, head on down to Wheaton Village. Sparkle will be wearing her green vest, and we'll be strolling the grounds at least part of the day. I'll be wearing a T-shirt bearing the image of a German shepherd puppy saying, "I wanna be a Seeing Eye dog when I grow up." (Unless it is raining too hard.)

I'll be sure to post pictures, and of course, I'll give you the scoop on Sparkle's big send-off.   

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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