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.
|Super Dog FLD Adell at the ready!|
Here are photos of the men practicing their routine in the Pike Unit yard.
|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.|
|FLD Adell keeps tabs on her handler.|
|FLD Bandit stares intently at the bits of kibble Justin stages as a distraction.|
|FLD Bandit holds his down while ignoring the kibble, and the men running by.|
|FLD Sammy takes off on a recall across the yard in front of a line of puppies.|
|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.
|John has some fun with FLD Gage.|