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Archive: June, 2012

POSTED: Friday, June 29, 2012, 11:58 AM
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Here's our Viola at the Wheaton Village "Paws for Art Day" in the spring with a young German shepherd colleague.

The Hero Dog Award is down to its final two days, and at last count, Viola the Seeing Eye dog had slipped to second place!

Viola is the recently retired guide dog for my friend and fellow puppy-raiser Jordan Ortiz.  Jordan attended all four years at Rowan University with Viola, and the adorable golden retriever was at her side when she graduated. Jordan, who now works at Rowan, has a new Seeing Eye dog named Hilton, and Viola lives with them as their treasured companion.

Here's a  great article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explaining all about Jordan, her best friend Danielle Larsen, and Viola.  If Viola wins, the Seeing Eye gets a $5,000 donation for its amazing mission.

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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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