Thursday, January 29, 2015

In action: Sparkle the new puppy

In a video, George Carter introduces Sparkle the Seeing Eye puppy and her new best friend Porter.

In action: Sparkle the new puppy

I shot this video back in early spring, right after we got Sparkle (you can tell from the bare tree branches), but encountered some technical difficulties. If you are a new visitor to the blog, great! This will serve as your handy  introduction.

Spoiler alert: Sparkle didn't read the script!     

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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