Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Town Walk time

As Sparkle gets ready for her Town Walk on Thursday, Vinson goes through his paces on the streets of Morristown, N.J.

Town Walk time

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With Sparkle's graduation Town Walk at the Seeing Eye just two days away,  here's a look at how Vinson did on his walk last week.  Vinson is the puppy who was raised by a Seeing Eye employee and his wife and chronicled on his own blog http://www.seeingeyepuppy.com/  

 Go to that link and you can see the video, as Ryan, Vinson's puppy-raiser, trailed him on his walk through the streets of Morristown, N.J.  As Ryan notes, Vinson looks a bit distracted and will need further training and evaluation before he can be considered as a Seeing Eye dog.

I'm truly excited to be headed up to Morristown Thursday morning and will post a big update. I'll be trailing Sparkle with a camera with a long lens, hoping to capture our girl wowing the trainer!

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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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