Monday, April 21, 2014
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Meet Sparkle's mom

Velma's first litter at the Seeing Eye makes her a mom many times over.

Meet Sparkle's mom

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In a photo courtesy of the Seeing Eye, Velma is sitting in the tub in which the pups are carried for weighing every day for the first two weeks of their lives. Her human caregiver thought that maybe she was wondering where those pups go in the tub, and if she got in, she could find out for herself.

Velma, seen here a few months back at the Seeing Eye puppy nursery with the litter that includes Sparkle, is a great mom, we've been told. We're not at all surprised. We raised Velma from when she was seven weeks old until she returned to the Seeing Eye for training. She did so well she was selected for the Seeing Eye's prestigious breeding program. Velma's dad is a golden retriever and her mom is a Labrador, giving her the best traits of both breeds. She's kind, unflappable, eager to please, and has that "Velcro dog" quality that goldens are treasured for. (When she's next to you, she sticks by so close she's like Velcro.) 

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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