Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Pup at pool party

Sparkle gets invited (well, not formally) to a neighborhood high school graduation party and makes many new friends, human and canine alike.

Pup at pool party

 

A dog-friendly graduation party is the perfect impromptu outing for Sparkle. She meets and greets plenty of new people and some dogs, and has her first encounter with a full-size swimming pool. She's  on her good behavior as she refrains from jumping into the pool on a hot day and doesn't steal any food (that we know of).

As she grows older and larger, it's increasingly important to keep her from jumping up on people. She'll be six months old in two weeks and is getting some great exposure. We have some big travel plans for the next month. Stay tuned!

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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