Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Viola, our hero dog

The results are official: Viola gives it a good run, finishing in second place in the Hero Dog voting.

Viola, our hero dog

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Viola's obviously not sweating her second-place finish, as she unwinds with Jordan and friends on a leisurely day at the Shore. They also enjoyed a refreshing romp in the surf.

Well ... I got the official news the other day that Viola, the recently retired Seeing Eye dog of Jordan Ortiz, finished second in her category in the Hero Dog competition. I'd heard in Jordan's updates that she had slipped to second place, but was hoping a late kick of voting might help her win by a nose. I'd like to thank everyone who voted for Viola. She truly is a hero in anyone's book!

(Looking ahead: I heard from Sparkle's trainer, and she is progressing well. I'll post a full update in the next few days. I've also read two inspiring books about guide dogs / puppy-raisers and will write about those as well.)   

Here is Jordan's note, with an interesting link to the results (and pictures):

  • Hi Everyone!
    So, at long last we did finally hear where Viola placed!
    She did finish in second place, just shy of being the finalist in her category. It was a great effort on everyone's part. She would never have moved so far up in the standings without the love and support from each and every one of you. Thanks for all you all have done to help support Viola, and even though she didn't quite come out on top, she is still our little golden hero
    .

 http://www.herodogawards.org/first-round-results

   

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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