Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Vote for our Viola!

Viola is going all out for the Hero Dog Award, and you can help her win it.

Vote for our Viola!

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Viola, Jordan's recently retired guide dog, is flanked by Jada (left), the Seeing Eye puppy Jordan raised, and Hilton, her new guide dog. Jada was excused from the program for medical reasons and went back to the Seeing Eye for adoption. She was in the same van with Sparkle returning to Morristown. We wish her much happiness in her new life!

With Sparkle back in training (and no word yet from the Seeing Eye), I took a break from the blog, with a weeklong vacation and the excitement of daughter Betsy's final college selections. We took the train up to Providence earlier this week, and she has since committed to Brown! So the puppy has gone back to "college," and the puppy-raiser will soon venture forth on her higher education as well. Thank goodness I still have old Porter around!

On another happy note, my puppy-raiser friend Jordan Ortiz has entered her recently retired Seeing Eye dog, Viola, for the Hero Dog Award.  You may remember that Jordan graduated from Rowan University last year, accompanied all four years by her adorable golden retriever. Jordan also raises Seeing Eye puppies with the help of her close friend Danielle Larsen, who is legally blind but does not make use of a guide dog.

Here is an excerpt of an e-mail from Jordan:

"Viola, a retired guide dog from Seeing Eye, has been nominated for the Hero Dog award. The Hero Dog award is something that the American Humane society started.  If Viola wins the award, Seeing Eye will get 15,000 dollars! This money will be used to help train new guide dogs and to help train the new handlers.

So far, Viola has been doing really well, thanks to all the support she has been receiving! Actually, as of today Viola is first in her category!!!! So to all of you who have been voting, thanks for doing an awesome job! Every single vote counts ! 

To those of you just reading this for the first time: The Seeing Eye is an incredible organization, and they could use your help!  By voting for Viola once a day, every day, you can show your support for Seeing Eye!!

To vote for Viola, or to read her bio and find out a little more about what she's done, check out her Hero Dog profile page. On her profile you will see the button to "Vote for Viola".

You can also join her facebook group to keep track of how she's doing! Go here to see her facebook group!

Editor's note: Please vote early and often for Viola! 



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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

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