Today was the first official meeting of the newly formed Central Pinellas Puppy Raiser group under the new leadership of Area Coordinator Stephanie, with Assistant ACs Lois and Bill.
|AC Stephanie is smiling and ready to welcome everyone to Largo Park. |
She has two leather guide dog harnesses in her hands for the older dogs to try on.
|Charity, Lois and Bill's puppy, looks directly into the camera.|
|Brian says hello to puppy Treasure.|
|Brian H. gives his puppy Treasure the sit command, and she pays rapt attention to him.|
|At first Charity barked at the statue and backed away.|
The photo shows Lois standing firm and Charity backing away.
|Charity is up at the statue and is able to sniff the statue's head.|
|Lois and Charity are walking around the back of the shepard statue. Charity is looking up at Lois.|
After all this, she walked Charity away and then walked her back up to the statue: no reaction! Yea, Charity!! Good girl!
It's important to remember that when your puppy sees something that startles them, let them approach it slowly, give lots of praise, and then return to the item again. Perhaps next week, go back and try it again. Or find another similar object and try it.
|Photo of Debbie with guide dog Luke leaning against her . |
Katie and Bo are behind her. Katie is smiling
We had some special guests at our meeting: Debbie and Luke and Debbie's husband, and Katie and Bo and Katie's boyfriend. They were all able to provide a valuable perspective to the conversation we had and it was great fun to have them with us!
|Close up of Luke as Debbie presses his head into her thigh.|
|Charity with her harness on!|
|Bill is holding Charity's leash as she walks with the harness on.|
|Coach walks by some statues of children and has no problems.|
|Another exposure: flags flapping. We are all standing in the memorial courtyard with 6 flagpoles.|
|Ava managed her harness with ease.|
|Puppy Pauline, Emma and raiser Melissa.|
|It got a bit hot, but we had plenty of water for Coach and Ava to share a drink.|
|Max and Emma continued to love on Pauline.|