Saturday, December 27, 2014

Puppies dream big, too

In honor of Neil Armstrong, here's Sparkle pausing with him last summer on our Purdue visit.

Puppies dream big, too

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When I heard the other day that astronaut Neil Armstrong had passed away at age 82, I thought of our wonderful visit to Purdue University last summer and Sparkle's pictures with his statue. I remembered that adoring look she gave him, and how she is right now taking many, many small steps herself to become a Seeing Eye dog and change someone's life for the better.

Very soon, next month, she will be taking her Town Walk and then will be matched with her new owner. No giant leaps for Sparkle, just moving steadily forward in the leather harness. I'll keep you posted.

Here's a curious footnote: My wife's college friend we stayed with at Purdue is married to a university firefighter.  The morning that Neil Armstrong died, the fire alarms went off in the Neil Armstrong Engineering Building. When firefighters responded, there was no fire.  Later, the alarm was attributed to an internal electrical short.  Cause unknown.

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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