Friday, October 9, 2015

Sparkle soaks in Northwestern's beauty

On our Midwest college tour, Sparkle the Seeing Eye pup spends a sunny summer day at Northwestern University's beautiful campus along Lake Michigan.

Sparkle soaks in Northwestern's beauty


Our next stop after Purdue was Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., just north of Chicago along Lake Michigan. It was a perfect summer day, clear and sunny but not hot.

While Betsy met with admissions officers and faculty early in the day, Sparkle and I circled the immediate buildings and did a little exploring in town.

Later, we all took a long walk around campus, venturing down to the campus beach and the lake. Classes had not started yet, so the setting was quite serene, unlike the hustle and bustle at Purdue, where school was already in session.

We finished up by driving into downtown Evanston and eating a late lunch at a Mexican restaurant. With Sparkle along, we always look for a place with outdoor seating. We found it -- almost underneath the elevated-train track, a true taste of Chicago.

Sparkle behaved perfectly all day. She was eager to explore when we were ready and content to rest quietly when we were waiting for Betsy during her meetings or eating our lunch.

Next stop: The University of Chicago

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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

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