Local guide dog graduates

Miranda volunteer guide dog puppy raisers Susan and Peter Lawsky, back and right, recently presented Guide Dog Jakin, a Labrador retriever, seated in front, to graduating student Gary Hove, left, in a ceremony at the Guide Dog campus in San Rafael. The Lawskys contribute time and love in raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and are members of Northern Humboldt Eyes for the Blind, a local group that schedules outings and gatherings in order to socialize the pups, teach them to be good canine citizens and introduce them to new experiences. The pups are returned to Guide Dogs when they are between 14 and 18 months old. Following the completion of training, the dogs are matched with blind students enrolled at the school. The new person-dog team completes an intensive, in-residence course culminating with a graduation ceremony at which the puppy raisers formally present the dog to the dog’s new partner.

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