Color on a Cloudy Day

Enough of this gloomy weather! Here are some pics of the Cutty x Callahan pups – a sure remedy for seasonal affective disorder if there ever was one. Photos courtesy of Judy Michuski.

Bright colors – take THAT, grey skies!
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Secrets and sharing.
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Debates and meetings.
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And, never overrated, nap time.
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Have a great weekend!
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Big Ol’ Jet Airliner

Eleven dogs and foster home trainers in the Big Dogs class participated in a unique field trip to the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport today. Many of our graduates travel by air with their service dogs. This field trip gave dogs-in-training the experience of going through security and boarding a plane. Our foster home trainers gained a new appreciation for the challenges that our graduates face.

First stop was security. The foster home trainers cued their dogs to sit and stay, walked through the scanner, and then recalled the dogs through the scanner.
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The group then processed to the gate.
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Once at the gate, the teams practiced sit, drop and stay while waiting to board the plane.
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Finally everyone entered the plane. The skill “Under” has a new variation in tight airplane seating!
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Many many thanks to the Metropolitan Airport Commission, Shelly Lopez, Delta Airlines, Captain Rich and the airport volunteers for providing this invaluable experience!
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The C Litter in Color!

The Cutty x Callahan litter turned four weeks old yesterday. Their photos are too cute not to post! Pics courtesy of Judy Michurski. Enjoy!

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Puppy Breath on a Cold Day

What could be better than snuggly puppy pics on a cold December 1st?!! The Cutty x Callahan litter had a fun Thanksgiving. The pups moved to a new pen filled with comfy stuffed toys, and burrowed right in.

Notice the dog that does not look like the others? That is Keeley, another Helping Paws breeding dog. Keeley is always available to give Callahan a break. The pups enjoy telling secrets to their Aunt Keeley.

Pics courtesy of Judy Michurski.

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The Color Litter’s First Official Blog Post

Helping Paws is proud and excited to introduce 10 future service dogs…the Cutty x Callahan litter born November 5. Special thanks to The Captain’s Kennels/Rob and Denise Babcock family for their donation of Cutty as the sire of these puppies. Appreciation to Judy Michurski and family for being the caretaker home for Callahan and her pups.

There are 8 males and 2 females, all in varying hues of yellow.

We choose themes for our litters, and this litter is the Color, or “C,” litter. The foster home trainers will name the pups, and all names will begin with the letter C.

Speaking of foster home trainers, we are still in need of 3 fosters for these Labs! Going-home date is December 26. Contact Jo for more info: jsorensen@helpingpaws.org; 952-988-9359 ext. 65.

Pics courtesy of Judy Michurski.

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Farming again!

Helping Paws graduate Ethan Meyer has been partnered with service dog Stetson since September of 2012. From the beginning, it was clear that Ethan’s goal was to increase his independence following a spinal cord injury, and Stetson was a part of Ethan’s strategy. Ethan and Stetson have worked hard toward that goal.

We are excited to present pictures of Ethan’s latest accomplishment…he is back to farming! This year’s harvest was phenomenal.

Way to go, Ethan and Stetson!

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Future Service Dogs Arriving Soon!

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