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