The Shakespearean puppies had their first official outing today. They visited Highmark Blue Shield for their United Way campaign kick-off event. Thank you to Highmark and the United Way for inviting us to be one of your featured organizations at the event!
Hamlet, Brutus, Falstaff, Queen Mab, Cleopatra, Portia, and of course, Bill Shakespeare had a blast at the Highmark building. Several of our puppy raisers and puppy sitters work there, so first the puppies got to meet many of our puppy raisers’ and sitters’ coworkers. The pups took over a conference room and played until most of them fell asleep.
Then it was on to the main event! Our volunteers and some of the wonderful employees at Highmark carried the sleepy puppies down to the cafeteria, where the United Way kick-off event was being held. There, the puppies were passed from one set of arms to the next as they greeted and snuggled with Highmark employees. One employee said that getting to pet and hold the puppies was like waking up on Christmas morning! The pups certainly put smiles on everyone’s faces.
|SSD Bill asleep in someone's arms|
The puppies benefited from all the attention, as well. Meeting so many new people is an important part of the puppies’ training. They need to learn that all different types of people are friendly. Every single person who interacted with the puppies today was helping them on their journey to becoming service dogs.
|SSD Queen Mab and SSD Portia|
Thank you to everyone who has or will donate to the United Way in support of SSD! The United Way is a wonderful organization that raises money for the needs of the community, and SSD is a part of the United Way of the Capital Region. Many company and groups, like Highmark Blue Shield, hold large campaigns to raise money. If you would like to join Highmark in supporting the United Way and SSD, you can make an online donation. If you choose to support SSD, please remember that you need to designate your donation to SSD using this code: 7024DOGS.
The puppies and their future partners thank you!