Puppy raised in Truckee graduates as guide dog for the blind | SierraSun.com

Puppy raised in Truckee graduates as guide dog for the blind

Tony Duenas, left, with Sue Klabunde, Diana, a black labrador retriever, and Dave Klabunde.
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TRUCKEE, Calif, — Residents Dave and Sue Klabunde contributed time and love in raising a puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and were proud to see the dog graduate as a guide in a formal ceremony at the Guide Dog campus in San Rafael, Calif., on Saturday, April 18.

Puppy raisers Dave and Sue are members of the Reno Guide Dog Puppy Raising Club called Eyes for Tomorrow. The club is led by Vicki Moss and has more than 50 members who volunteer in a variety of jobs.

This is the eighth dog the Klabundes have raised for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Diana, a black labrador retriever, was paired with graduate Tony Duenas at the April 18 ceremony.

Guide Dogs for the Blind uses yellow and black labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and lab/golden crosses 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.

The puppy raisers socialize the pups by house-breaking them, teaching them to be good canine citizens and introducing them to new experiences.

The pups are returned to Guide Dogs for formal guidework training when they are 14 to 18 months old. Following the completion of training, the dogs are matched with blind students enrolled at the school.

The new person-dog team completes an intensive in-residence course culminating with a graduation ceremony at which the raiser formally presents the dog to the dog’s new partner who is blind.

Guide Dogs for the Blind has been creating life-long partnerships in the community by providing skilled dogs and training in their use free of charge since 1942. They receive no government funding but depend entirely on private donations.

If you know someone who could benefit from a Guide Dog, please let them know about this program.

Sue Klabunde is a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To get involved, contact Guide Dogs for the Blind at 800-295-4050; or visit http://www.guidedogs.com.

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