Friday, June 24, 2011

Thank Y’all! I Am Truly Honored!


Hi Y’all!

I am overwhelmed!  I can’t believe it!

Over at Greyhound Gardens (you may think of them as Itsa a Greyt Day) they saw fit to give me, Hawk, the Inspiration Award!   I can’t thank y’all enough! 

The rules are simple. 

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded this to you.

2. Link posts by you and ten fellow bloggers that you find inspirational.

3. Forward the award to those ten fellow bloggers.

My Human inspired my choice of which blogs to give the award.  Back in the “olden days” when she was in school she donated time recording books for the blind.  She got to be friends with a couple of students who were blind.  One had a dog.  She was overwhelmed with the dogs ability to communicate with her friend.  She actually tried to talk her other friend into giving up her cane for a dog. 

In todays digital world of blogs, we’ve stumbled across a couple of blogs about graduate guide dogs and their handlers. 

Her friend who preferred the cane eventually got a dog.  While discussing the dog’s extraordinary abilities, her friend mentioned the “puppy raiser”.  Since, while following blogs, we have found that people depending on guide dogs are thankful for the puppy raiser. 

Whether a dog is a leader dog or a service assistant dog helping a handicapped person, a puppy raiser was responsible for that dog’s basic training.  It’s like the dog went to high school and undergrad training, then they get turned in for advanced training…grad school if you will.  Sadly, not all puppies are able to pass their exams and become leader dogs.

These puppy raisers are truly an Inspiration!

Without further comment here are 9 puppy raisers’ blogs and 1 puppy sitter’s blog. 

1.  Rudy’s Life as a Guide Dog In Training

2.  Puppy Raising

3.  Davey’s Everyday Adventures

4.  In Training

5.  Ansel: Life and Times of a CCI Puppy

6.  Miraculous Journey

7.  Guide Dogs for the Blind: Puppy Sitter

8.  The Puppy Raising Journey

9.  Puppy Tales of a Southeastern Guide Dog Puppy

10.Growing a Guide Dog





  1. Congratulations on a well deserved award!

  2. Thanks for sharing these blogs. I always like finding new ones to read. :) And you're right-puppy raisers are fantastic! I have two to be thankful for so far. LOL
    Congratulations on your award as well. You definitely deserve it! :)

  3. Congrats on the award.

    The project of raising guide dogs is an amazing one. The people engaged in the process do a great job of providing the service dogs with foster care and placing the dogs that don't make the cut.

  4. Congratulations on your award!! You definitely deserve it. :) :)

    Thanks for sharing your award with the puppy raisers -- they're very special people too!

    Woofs & hugs,

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  5. Congrats on your award!
    What a wonderful post, and thanks for sharing the award!

    Rudy's Raiser

  6. Congratulations on your award - you are truly an inspiration!
    The sites you have passed it on to, all puppy raisers and sitters, could not be more worthy of recognition. What wonderful work they do!!

  7. Congrats on winning this award. You deserve it! Your writing and photos are always interesting and inspiring. : )

  8. Thanks so much for the award. We appreciate it! Glad to find your blog too!

  9. Thank you for the award! :) I feel so honored. Have a great day!