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9 Puppies Inducted into Guide Dogs of Texas Puppy Program

IMG_1884Guide Dogs of Texas (GDTX) celebrated its fourth litter of guide dog puppies from its breeding program during a puppy induction ceremony on Feb. 9 at the GDTX training center, 1503 Allena Drive. The in-house breeding program plays a critical role in the guide dog school’s ability to better serve a population of nearly 175,000 legally blind Texans.

GDTX welcomed Darcy, Duncan, Dasher, Dante, Duke, Dusty, Dexter, Dylan and Dallas into the guide dog family. The mother of the puppies, Aspen, is one of the GDTX dogs born in the organization’s initial litter in 2010. The sire, Curt, from Guide Dogs of the Blind has sired 71 puppies through that program and nine through the GDTX program. The yellow Labrador Retriever is known for producing good health and manageability.

During the ceremony, each puppy was handed to its volunteer puppy raiser, who will raise and socialize the pups for the next 14 to 16 months, preparing them for their formal guide dog training.

“These nine pups represent continuing success in bringing the highest quality of dogs to serve our Texas clients,” said Gretchen Garceau-Kragh, interim president and CEO of GDTX. “Guide Dogs of Texas is dedicated to bringing mobility and independence to Texans who are visually impaired.”

The ceremony was attended by GDTX staff, board of directors, volunteer puppy raisers and their families, members from the organization’s Best Friends in Sight Society, as well as the winners from the recent social media contest who helped name each of the new guide dog puppies.

With the addition of these new puppies, GDTX has now successfully bred and raised 31 pups to be guide dogs. The organization expects its fifth litter to be born this spring, Garceau-Kragh said.

For more information, visit www.guidedogsoftexas.org.

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One Response to 9 Puppies Inducted into Guide Dogs of Texas Puppy Program

  1. BJacobson

    March 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for posting this story. GDTX is a great organizations. We are the proud foster parents of Dasher and we are happy to report he is doing very well!

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