November 15, 2010

Doggone Adorable

Walking down Main Street, I noticed a sign outside Southeastern Guide Dogs announcing 'Puppy Hugging 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.'  Who could resist such a sign?  Through the storefront window I could see about a dozen happy canines playing.  Again, who could resist?  This was the first chance I had to visit the new Sarasota office of Southeastern Guide Dogs since it opened in downtown two months ago.  The little one on the left (I believe that's Brenna) is 18-weeks-old and is in the seeing eye program.  By the time she graduates, when she's about 2-years-old as I recall, she'll know 40 commands and will be able to assist her human.  All the others in the photo are therapy dogs who visit nursing homes and hospitals.  I just love that!  The facility is spacious with a play area for the dogs, an education room (presumably for the humans) and a gift shop.  As it turns out,  they have a 23-acre campus in Palmetto (a little north of Sarasota) and give tours.   If you can't visit either place in person, check out their Puppy Cam  --- it's irresistible.   There's lots more info on their website:  www.guidedogs.org

12 comments:

Lyndsey said...

That is great! Look at those faces! You're right who could resist?

Craig Strachan said...
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Craig Strachan said...

hh, that is so cute! My wife has a guide dog; and they are amazing.

The puppies are of course the cutest! Here is her dog (the black one)

Jim Klenke said...

They all look wonderful and eager. They will be such a great help to someone.

B SQUARED said...

What a wonderful place!

CLAMCO said...

Puppy hugging? Where do I sign up? I've already put that puppy cam on my favorites!

Lois said...

These dogs are so wonderful!

Halcyon said...

That is sweet! Puppy hugging!!! I love it.

Birdman said...

Looks like we've gone to the dogs today.

LD said...

Great love it! Big fan of seeing eye dogs, trainers and owners. Most amazing. And what is it that's so universally fun about puppy hugging?!

T. Becque said...

Great photo! Puppy hugging - what an idea - that's fantastic! I could totally get into puppy hugging. Those heads are too cute.

Kathy said...

Who can resist a puppy hug! Also loved watching the puppy cam on your link.