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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Erie Region Newsletter


Spring 2005

April Showers bring May Flowers … and a Whole Lot More …

Spring is a welcome season for Puppy Raisers and puppies alike.  Some young puppies are discovering grass and mud for the first time and aren’t quite sure where to find that white stuff so they can “Get Busy”.  Most of the snow piles are gone but what remains is yucky to us but yummy to puppies of any age.  All the mud, sticks and remaining leaves are full of mold and bacteria that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and gastrointestinal upsets when ingested by a puppy. Your puppy will be very interested in exploring this new world without snow but they have a very keen sense of smell and will attempt to eat everything in sight.


As landscape plants start to grow, be sure paw pads stay out of the garden. These plants can be hazardous to your puppy’s stomach.  Some plants are toxic to dogs and can present an extreme danger.  For a list of common landscape plants and houseplants toxic to dogs, go to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center website at www.aspca.org/toxicplants   A listing of plants is available in alphabetical order or by plant group.  This site includes a picture of each plant allowing you to research a plant currently growing in your garden or house even if you don’t know the plant’s name. If you intend to add plants to your garden, check this site before making a purchase. Keeping your puppy out of the garden ensures that your plants will be healthy, but more importantly, your puppy will be safe.

Be extra careful when you are out with your puppy on spring days.  If you have a question about something your puppy has ingested, contact your Area Coordinator immediately.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.        



Local Heroes

Comings and Goings of our Puppies


Best Wishes go out to the following dogs and their proud raisers. Congratulations for a job well done!


§         Bruno, who is Denise 3rd puppy, left amidst many hugs.

§         Donna said good-bye to her puppy Kelso.  He is her 13th puppy.

§         Quillan said good-bye to her raiser Lynn.  He is her 3rd puppy. 

§         Sue said good-bye to her 1st puppy Quint. 

§         Cathy, Mary Ellen and Barry said good-bye to Shamus. He is Cathy’s 16th puppy and Mary Ellen & Barry’s 15th puppy. 


We know all these puppies will have excellent futures no matter what career they choose. We hope to see

you with new puppies soon!



Welcome to the newest members of our region:


  • Donna welcomed her 14th puppy Vargo.
  • Huck is joining the home of Denise as her 4th puppy.
  • Joyce is raising Honey, her 21st puppy.
  • KC is joining the home of Len as his 3rd puppy.
  • The Pratt’s have welcomed Montana into their home as their 17th puppy.
  • Meadow is joining the home of Sandi & JulieAnn as their 1st puppy.






Happy 1st Birthday


                      Puppy’s Name                 DOB                       

                          Nike                          3-2-04                   

                          Parker                       3-7-04                  

                          Parson                       3-7-04                              

                          Andy                        4/16/04                 

                          Artie                         4/16/04                 

                          Aurora                      4/16/04                 




How many Dogs does it take to Change a Light Bulb?


On the lighter side, here are the thoughts of several popular breeds:


Border Collie:  Just one.  And then, I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code, check the circuit breakers, etc.

Lab: Oh, me, me!!  Pleeeze let me change the light bulb!  Can I? Can I? I know how!

German Shepherd:  I’ll change it as soon as I’ve led these humans from the dark, checked to be sure I haven’t missed any and done a perimeter patrol to make sure that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.

Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us and you’re inside worrying about a stupid burned-out bulb?  Good Grief!  Let’s go outside and play!

Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb?  I’m sorry, but I don’t see a light bulb!

Australian Shepherd:  First, I’ll put all the bulbs in a little circle…

Rottweiler:  Make me!

Boxer:  Who cares?  I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

Jack Russell Terrier:  I’ll just pop it in while I’m bouncing off the walls and furniture.

… and the Cat: Dogs do not change light bulbs. Humans change light bulbs.  So, the real question is:  How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner and a massage?




Friends & Family Recognition Night – June 7th


Mark Tuesday June 7th at 7 PM on your calendar! Our region is proudly presenting Friends & Family Recognition Night.  Joining us for this informational evening are area graduates with their guide dogs answering questions on “Life with a Guide Dog”. Our guest speaker will be Becky Barnes, GEB Manager of Consumer Outreach and Graduate Support, accompanied by guide dog Flyer.  A musical performance by Anita Bonanno with Guide Dog Nemo will be a highlight of the evening. Exhibits, GEB Boutique and Paws & Shop open at 6:30 PM.    



Flea & Tick Preventative


Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Frontline will be provided free of charge to our Puppy Raisers for five months in 2005.  Donations will allow our Area Coordinator to purchase Frontline for April, June, August, October and December for all our puppies.  Our sincere thanks to all those whose contributions made this possible! 



Puppy Jeopardy


Want to earn a Bonus Bone?  Below is the answer to the Jeopardy question in the Health Care category. The first class participant to provide the correct question during the next class wrap-up earns a Bonus Bone. Good Luck!

Interceptor is used to prevent this disease.