Leader Dog for the Blind has 8 new puppies

Host families needed to care for dogs, raise puppies for Leader Dog for the Blind


A bundle of puppies bred from a long line of guide dogs for the blind will soon be the eyes for someone who will need them the most.

Eight black Labrador pups, all just three weeks old were born to a dog in Sterling Heights named Spinner Blue Scarf.

The puppies have an important job ahead of them.

"It provides them independence and freedom that here before they didn't have it allows them to get out and perhaps pursue employment opportunities they didn't have before," said Gary King.

King and his wife care for dogs Spinner and Zila Red Scarf.

Zila, Spinner's mom is retired and the litter of puppies comes full circle back to the King's home.

"We had her as a puppy, she came out of Zila's second litter," said King.

The name comes from the color twine Spinner once wore. Each dog was labeled with a different color.

The new pups won't be named until they are given to the next phase of trainers at around 6-1/2 weeks old.

"We're talking taking this dog to the restaurants, to the stores, taking it on field trips, taking it downtown to Detroit, taking it on the metro line, taking it on buses. The goal of Leader Dogs is to expose these dogs to as much as they can with the idea if they expose them to everything, eventually they will react to nothing," said King.

Each year, over 270 clients are paired with a guide dog.

"We are looking for a dog that has a calm, nice personality and we don't know when we will come a pond them. So, we always need people available waiting in the wings," said Rachelle Kniffen from the Leader Dog organization.

The program is always in need of host families to care for breeding dogs and volunteer puppy raisers.

By opening up your heart and home to one of these dogs, you can change a life forever.

For more information on volunteering visit www.leaderdog.org.






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