Friday, November 14, 2014

Ready for a celebration

July 16, 2014

We travel north every month and every month is different from the last. In July, we don't make the long trip west to Baraga; instead we have an extended visit in the eastern UP. The afternoon of Thursday, July 17 is Chippewa Puppy Days, a one-year celebration of the Leader Dogs for the Blind/Chippewa Correctional Facility prison puppy-raising program. 

Because Deb Donnelly, Puppy Development Supervisor at Leader Dog, is coming from the west to attend the event, she stops at the Baraga Correctional Facility to conduct the monthly training class in our place.

Tammy and I head up to Chippewa the day before Puppy Days. The guys want to firm up their presentation.

It is obvious they are ready.

A small yellow lab puppy is sitting down and gazing up into the bright blue sky. She is wearing the blue Future Leader Dog bandana. Behind her is the brick building of the Pike Unit.
Super Dog FLD Adell at the ready!

Here are photos of the men practicing their routine in the Pike Unit yard.

A man wearing the blue prison uniform is bending down to give a treat to a small golden retriever puppy that is lying on the ground next to him. The puppy is wearing the blue Future Leader Dog bandana. There are two yellow labs standing int he background. The ground is sand with some grass.
Abe rewards FLD Andie with a bit of kibble as the men leave their puppies in a STAND/STAY. We are impressed at how the men set their puppies up to succeed.

A small yellow lab puppy is lying on the grass with her right front paw resting on the black shoe of her handler, who is standing on the left (only his feet are visible in the shot). The puppy is wearing the blue Future Leader Dog bandana and is looking up at the handler.
FLD Adell keeps tabs on her handler.

A man dressed in prison blue pants and a white t-shirt is bending over placing bits of kibble on the grass in front of a young chocolate lab. The lab is lying down facing the left and wearing the blue Future Leader Dog bandana. The puppy is looking intently at the kibble with his tongue just coming out. There are legs of another man in the background, wearing maroon sweat pants.
FLD Bandit stares intently at the bits of kibble Justin stages as a distraction.

The young chocolate lab is still lying on the ground while the lower legs and boots of a man pass by behind.
FLD Bandit holds his down while ignoring the kibble, and the men running by.

A young black lab is running toward the camera acroos the grass and dirt yard. He is wearing the blue Future Leader Dog bandana. There are two men behind him, only their legs are showing, the man on the left is wearing green sweatpants, the man on the right is wearing the blue prison uniform. There is a yellow lab and chocolate lab lying down on the far right side looking to the left at the running dog.
FLD Sammy takes off on a recall across the yard in front of a line of puppies.

A man dressed in the blue prison pants and a white t-shirt is standing half out of view on the right side of the picture; sitting at his left side is a small black lab with his back to the camera. The puppy is looking up at the man. Beyond them is another man squatting down, wearing green sweatpants and a white t-shirt, he is facing to the left and there is a small yellow lab puppy standing in front of him looking at him. There is a brick building in the background.
FLD Teysen looks up at his handler, while Tim helps FLD Adell stand.

The men are happy when we leave FLD Grant (a yellow lab that I have been puppy-sitting for a few weeks) and FLD Gage (a golden retriever puppy that is destined for Baraga) overnight. FLD Grant will stay in their charge until we leave the day after Puppy Days. ARUS Tammy from Baraga is picking up FLD Gage in the morning.

A young yellow lab is lying on a green rug on beige tile flooring, he is wearing the blue Future Leader Dog jacket and looking up at the camera. A leash is attached to his collar.
FLD Grant.

A man wearing green pants and a white t-shirt and blue baseball cap is lying on the grass on his back. He is holding a small golden retriever puppy on his chest with his hands, the puppy looks like it is squirming. The man has a surprised look on his face.
John has some fun with FLD Gage.

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