The BAARK Guide Dog Puppies in Training went for our outing to the Pumpkin Patch in Yorba Linda on October 27, 2015. Aiden is the Brindle, Rancher is a black lab sometimes wearing something funny on his head, Brian is the caramel colored lab with a green gentle leader, Rhubarb is our little girl yellow lab with the candy corn scarf and Buckley is our oldest puppy, black lab with the green gentle leader. In attendance were Aiden, Rancher, Brian, Rhubarb and Buckley. Career Change Mobley, Kelton and Natasha tagged along.
We were planning to have our pot-luck at the park the next week and then realized that Natasha and Kent would be off to “college” by then and the new babies would be too young to join us.
So we changed the date and made it a going away party for Natasha and Kent. Natasha is return for breeder evaluation and Kent will go to the Oregon Campus provided he passes all of his medical tests.
Good Luck to both puppies – I know you will make us proud.
What a great day for a walk. Nice group of people, many with their Guide Dogs, Guide Dog Puppies in Training and their pet dogs. Walking down on the Angel Stadium field is a different perspective of where the game is played. By the time we were done, all of the dogs were worn out as were the people. Called for napping for the rest of the day. Join us for the next one in 2016!
In 2001, Navy Golf Course PGA head professional and director of golf Joe Grohman attended a United States Blind Golf Association clinic in Los Angeles. He was so moved that he invited the group to a clinic at the Cypress facility where he works.
Grohman has held the clinic there ever since, with the event on June 30, 2014. He said the years have passed quickly because hosting clinics for physically challenged golfers is fun for him.
“When you see how much joy participants get, how could you not [be involved]?,” he said.
“They’re just awesome,” Grohman said of the participants – campers from the Junior Blind of America’s Camp Bloomfield.
Bill Davis, an accomplished Southern California triathelete and world champion golfer who is legally blind, was enthusiastic when Grohman contacted him. Davis is a key part of the group Grohman refers to as “the team,” a network of a dozen Southern California PGA pros and others who call on one another to staff clinics across the region.
Only with the help of management and staff at Navy Golf Course and active community groups, Grohman said, are the clinics possible. Volunteers from the Tiger Woods Learning Center, First Tee of South Los Angeles, Johnson Junior Golf, USBGA, the Navy Golf Course’s Men’s and Ladies’ Clubs, and Guide Dogs for the Blind assisted with the clinic.
Grohman said that hosting the clinics fits with three of his personal commitments — use golf to give back, bring joy and connect with people.
There were Guide Dog Puppies in Training from Guide Dogs for the Blind for the campers to meet and pet. These puppies were from 3 local Guide Dog Puppy clubs along with their puppy raisers. For information about being a Guide Dog Puppy Raiser, contact Guide Dogs for the Blind
Today was the 9th annual Orange County Vision Walk. GDB Puppy Raisers join other vision research supporters to walk around the inside and outside of Angel Stadium. The entire walk is about 3 miles done at a strolling pace as you visit with other raisers. It is fun to share stories and get to know other people who are passionate about GDB Puppy Raising. The topics range from “how many puppies have you raised” to “what did your puppy most recently destroy” to “relieving issues”. You would think we were in a Mommy and Me class 🙂
So many people ask us what happens to the puppies that do not graduate. They go in many different directions. Here is Neiman who was Career Changed and moved with a puppy raiser family to the Chicago IL area. He is showing “life is good”! As Neiman’s raiser I am so happy that Neiman is happily living with Marcia and family. He couldn’t be in a better place.
BAARK met for a club picnic June 10 to say good-bye to 4 special raisers who are going on to new adventures. BAARK thanks you sooooo much.
Deborrah Kraimer & her Guide Dog Sheena did a presentation for Delta Gamma at UC Riverside about blindness, guide dogs and guide dog puppies in training. I took Neiman and Petey. Eileen brought Franco. It was nice to show Puppies, a working Guide and a Career Changed dog. The girls there were amazing in their passion for their cause. We even tried to recruit them to be puppy raisers.
Service for Sight
Protecting the gift of sight is one of Delta Gamma’s highest priorities. Since 1936, Delta Gamma’s philanthropic purpose has been to stop blindness before it starts. For men and women for whom blindness is a fact, the mission has been to impact the quality of their lives in myriad positive ways.
More than 100 Delta Gamma collegiate chapters host Anchor Splash to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation. This competitive swim meet is for sororities, fraternities and campus organizations where they compete in synchronized swimming, relay races and individual competition.
Blindness Support Center
The women of Delta Gamma always volunteer at Riverside’s Blindness Support Center. They take part in the daily activities of the visually impaired always striving to assist them with anything.