December 28, 2010

Hittin' the Town

Ever since Southeastern Guide Dogs set up shop on Main Street a few months ago, I see adorable pooches like this one going for walks around downtown all the time.  Make no mistake --- this isn't a joy walk.  It's work.  From what I can gather, they walk a four block path and along the way they stop and practice commands (and receive lots of positive reinforcement).  I'm sure this guy is going to make a great companion for someone.  Click here to see some of the other cute canines in the program.

5 comments:

Joy said...

He does look determined to do a good job! He's adorable.

Hope you're having the loveliest holidays!

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Jacob said...

These are wonderful and amazing dogs, and can give a new lease (leash?) on life for a lot of people. We have a Golden Retriever and if she had been properly trained when young, she would have made a good guide dog...now, though, it's too late...she runs up to everybody just to get petted.

Hope you had a great holiday and have a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

cieldequimper said...

Thank God for guide dogs and this one is a beauty. I'd have to refrain from smooching! ;-)

Jack said...

In greater Hartford, there is an organization called Fidelco that trains guide dogs for blind people. They are often very large black German Shepherd dogs. I admire the people who volunteer to train a dog for a year or two before the dog is placed with someone who needs it.

Jack said...

Thanks for your comments this afternoon. I split time between Florida and Connecticut (and Ohio). Summers in CT and winters in FL, but I go back and forth depending on what is going on. Was in CT for Christmas but back in FM tonight for a while. Be well.