Another thing on the toys ... Nina gave us a squeaky toy at class Saturday -- clearly a highly-destructible toy! But we decided, what the heck, we'd let him play with it under close supervision and time its lifespan.
It only took Murphy 14 minutes to get a puncture and get the destruction going (at which point we immediately took it away from him!), but they were 14 minutes of sheer doggy ecstasy.
An optimistic meditation on puppy raising for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and other adventures in chaos.
Murphy (Wella x Farrell), the first pup we raised, is a male black Lab who graduated in June 2007 and is working as a guide dog in Wyoming.
The second pup, Nettie (Quarry x Evan), a female yellow Lab, arrived in mid-February 2007 at 6 months old and stayed with us for a year. She graduated in August 2008 and is working as a guide dog in Kansas.