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Truckee dog graduates into working guide for the blind

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Darren, Kaesa, Rhiannon and Reaghan Moore with Roscoe, a male yellow Labrador, and his new partner, Ms. Cecelia Penn, on their graduation day.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Congratulations and thanks to the Truckee community for its support of Roscoe, a Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy who has recently successfully became a working guide.

Roscoe was raised in Truckee by the Moore family from 2014-16 and frequented many local businesses and public venues as a puppy-in-training.

The Moores were proud to see Roscoe graduate with his new partner in a formal ceremony at the Guide Dog campus in San Rafael, Calif., on April 30.

The Moores are members of Eyes For Tomorrow, a Guide Dog Puppy Raising club in Reno. They are currently raising two more puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Guide Dogs for the Blind uses Labradors and Golden Retrievers as guides. The puppies are born at the Guide Dog kennels and placed in the homes of volunteer puppy raisers when they are about 2 months old. Puppy raisers socialize the pups by housebreaking them, teaching them to be good canine citizens, and introducing them to a variety of new experiences.

Pups are returned to Guide Dogs for the Blind for formal guide work training when they are about 14-18 months old. Following the completion of training, the dogs are matched with blind students enrolled at the school.

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The new team completes an intensive in-residence course, culminating with a graduation ceremony at which the raisers formally present the dog to the dog's new partner.

Guide Dogs for the Blind has been creating life-changing partnerships free of charge since 1942. The nonprofit receives no government funding, depending entirely on private donations. If you know someone who could benefit from a Guide Dog, contact Guide Dogs for the Blind at 800-295-4050 or visit guidedogs.com.