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Hello! I am here to announce that some of our puppies and one of Terri Lynn's pups have begun their education at the Guide Dogs of America! This means that they have completed their puppy raising time and are reporting to full time, in-house training, which is an important time in their lives.

Wish them luck! My dogs usually don't get all the way through before they decide on a career change, but still this is a big step and we are proud!

What is fun is that Sydney, Terri Lynn's (rare ebony Goldendoodle) is here with her cousins! She flew in to start her training last year. She is from Nova Scotia and her breeder is Terri Lynn McNutt, aka Molly on this forum.

Anyway, here are pictures...very different looks...Sydney is the longer-coated fleece doodle, Yoda (mine) is shorter coated fleece, Yoshie (mine) is the curly Chase-look alike. Then we also have one unknown white F1 doodle joining the class too!

For those who don't know, Chase is my standard Poodle stud and Molly (Terri Lynn's female standard Poodle female) is Chase's sister and littermate...and Sydney's daddy is a brother and littermate to my Rosie (Goldendoodle). Whew! (So Yoda and Yoshie are full siblings, although not littermates, with my Nitos...and Sydney is a cousin to Nitos, are you totally confused now?)

First is the gang...Sydney at the top, Yoda at the bottom, Yoshie with the culry hair and the "yellow" boy (We don't know who he belongs to or his name.)



Next we have Sydney and her cousin Yoda



And Yoda and his brother Yoshie



Then Yoshie alone



And Yoda...

 

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They are sooooooooooo cute!!
Yoda is one of my favorites....that look melts the heart
 

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Ah, thanks guys!
As you all know, each and every dog/puppy makes us proud in so many ways! This is just one of those ways... :D
 

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Congrats Jac. They are so cute. I love how nice they all sat all together.
 

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Great pictures...& amazing how they are all seated at one time!!
I love the eyes on Yoda, I know it is not a good thing, but I get those eyes from Tuesday every time I eat a meal....I swear she practices in the mirror when we are gone. She gets better with "the look", the older she gets! :lol:
Best wishes on your puppies completing the program, I would be very proud of them too!
What color is Yoshi considered....what a beautiful color!
 

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This is fantastic!!!
How do you get them into Guide Dogs??
They are alllll so gorgeous!!
 

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Thank you all, soooo much!

Linda, I do the easy part...I donate them to the various service/guide dog organizations and then they place them in great homes (Kari, for example) where they are loved and taught. Then, after nearly 18 months the puppy, if qualified, is placed in the facility training to work on the more specific and intense training. If they make it through that program, then they graduate and are placed with an individual and the new partner lives at the facility, learning how to work with his/her new canine companion. It is quite a process!

By the time they reach "turn in" day, they are already very well behaved and have learned so much about life. They go with their puppy raisers everywhere; to work, golfing, shopping, the theatre, carnivals, etc. Pepper even got to go to the Grammy Awards, back stage!

The real congratulations goes to the puppy raiser. They work soooo hard to train these dogs, and they love them so much that turn in day is very hard. Many, many tears are shed as they say goodbye...they are remarkable individuals!
 

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Oh! Judi, Yoshie is turning completely silver! As you see, his sibling, Yoda, is still very black (except for his brown muzzle) but Yoshie has the silvering trait that we are finding in some of our pups. I don't know what to call it, except for "silver"! :lol: Thank you for the compliment!
 

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Wow! that IS quite the process! I can't imagine saying goodbye!
I commend you in doing what you do!
 
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