January 8, 2014
The Chippewa raisers weren't lined up waiting in the snow outside of Pike Unit when we finally arrived. Can't blame them, the wind was wicked cold. Rob was quick to bring some helpers to carry in the 50 pound bags of Purina Pro Plan Deb brought up from Leader Dogs for the Blind.
We handed off the new pups that were destined eventually for Baraga, FLDs Bear and Axel. Even FLD Jedi, the German Shepherd that Deb is raising now, went to an inmate handler. The inmates weren't excited at all. *cough
TIME FOR TRAINING
|FLDs Drummond and Bravo practice their "sits."|
|FLDs Bravo, Drummond and Zella (left to right) hold "down" positions while Deb steps over them and their handlers stand by.|
|Is FLD Axel being lured?|
|FLD Bear sits nicely in heel position, eyes intent on his soon-to-be-awarded treat.|
|Learning new things makes a pup thirsty. FLD Axel heads for the water bowl. FLD Harper is happily chewing on a Nylabone.|
|After his drink of water, FLD Axel finds a quiet corner and takes a nap. FLD Zella hangs with her handler.|
|Frog legs! FLD Bravo cools off after working his brain.|
|FLD Zella looks as though she is bored. "Really, now, all this fuss over a couple of puppies?"|
After training, every Chippewa puppy went on furlough. Rob had arranged a presentation at the Pickford Fire Hall for several eastern U.P. Lions Club members. Deb talked to the group about Leader Dogs for the Blind and the prison puppy-raising program.
The pups were a big hit.
|Deb Donnelly talks to a group of Lions while FLD Jedi demonstrates "mat."|