Hi! My name is SAM. I'm a guide dog puppy being raised for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. The Thomas family raised a lot of money through generous donations from family and friends to sponsor me in memory of their son, Matthew, who passed away unexpectedly on May 1, 2008. They chose my name, SAM, in honor of all of the kids, Stephanie, Andrew and Matthew - cool, huh?! This blog is about my journey as I learn all I need to know to be ready to help a blind person someday.
Puppy Walker families provide the loving homes that care for our Foundation puppies until the dogs are old enough to enter our training program. Puppy Walkers take home a 7-week-old puppy and care for it until it is between 12 and 14 months old. They housebreak the puppy, socialize it in different environments, teach it good house manners, and provide it with the loving attention it needs. When the dog is about a year old, the family returns the dog to the Foundation so it can move ahead with its new career.
If you are interested in joining an established Puppy Walker group in your area please call: The Puppy Department at (866) 282-8046 or (631) 930-9060