Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Beginning of a Journey

Congratulations to all the new service dog teams!

On Friday, we held our annual Celebration and Graduation. This is the time when we recognize all of the new service dog teams. In a wonderful ceremony, each dog's puppy raisers officially presented the service dog to their partner.

As we honor each service dog team, we play a slide show of photos of each dog from the time when they were a puppy through their placement as a working service dog. From the time they are puppies, each dog is on a journey that will take them through many different experiences - puppy class; puppy outings to places like the casino, Chocolate World and the mall; advanced training; and finally, placement with their partner.

Joining their partner as a working service dog team is not the end of the journey. It is just the beginning. We created a video of the Susquehanna Service Dogs' journey. Although the video ends with Team Training, where partners learn to work with their new service dog, it is really just the beginning of a wonderful journey and a new life.

Watch the video of the Susquehanna Service Dogs' journey.

Congratulations to all of our new service dog teams! And thank you to all of our volunteers. Without you, we wouldn't be able to do what we do.

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