Monday, May 25, 2015

Sparkle aces her vet exam

The Seeing Eye puppy comes through her 16-week checkup with flying colors and gets a shot (at the very end, of course).

Sparkle aces her vet exam

Sparkle went in Thursday morning for her fourth vet visit since she came to stay with us, and she made it look so easy. The Seeing Eye gives each puppy-raiser a Puppy Vaccination and Health Record, which lists each date that the puppy should go to the vet and which inoculations are to be given. We follow this schedule precisely and also administer flea/tick and heartworm preventer monthly.

The Seeing Eye pays all the pup's vet bills as well as giving us a stipend for her Iams puppy food. Good thing! Sparkle is one voracious little chowhound.

We've been going to the same veterinary practice, Bethel Mill Animal Hospital in Sewell, N.J.,  for about a decade. The doctors there have seen to all three of our Seeing Eye pups, as well as our personal pets. Dr. Rebecca Fulton, one of three veterinarians at Bethel Mill, has been looking after Sparkle for us. She graciously allowed me to photograph Sparkle during her latest exam.

Dr. Fulton, a graduate of Penn's veterinary school,  breeds and shows AKC bullmastiffs. She also owns V-Crest, a canine rehabilitation and therapy facility.  To check out her services, go to

Now let's watch Dr. Fulton and doctor assistant Brad Tedor in action.

About this blog
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

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