Need To Hug A Puppy?

PuppyHow can anyone resist a puppy?

The Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, Florida has puppy hugging time for their future guide dogs.

Volunteers are invited to visit the Puppy Playroom and hug and play with some cuddly and cute puppies. Sally Strome, a volunteer at the organization, said this helps the dogs socialize, “This is part of their training at a young age, is a good time to get them used to different people, different noises.”

When the puppies are nine-weeks-old, each puppy will go to a puppy raiser’s home for a year and a half where they will go through basic training. Then the dog is returned to Southeastern Guide Dogs where they learn to become guide dogs.

From the trainers to the puppy raisers to the puppy huggers, all are essential in transforming a puppy into a guide dog. One puppy raiser said, “It touches your heart to know at some point you’re part of that process and now [the dogs] are helping someone else.”

Puppy hugging times at Southeastern Guide Dogs are from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Volunteers can also walk the older dogs.

Source: Tampa Bay 10

Photo: Southeastern Guide Dogs

(Thanks Carole)

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