Career Change Dogs
Wombie (born 4/29/2016, Belay/Dynasty)
Wombie, short for the cute and cuddly little Wombat from Australia, arrived on the July puppy truck to be raised by first time raisers Ursula and her mom Laurie. They also have an 11 year old canine buddy, Teddy, who retired from guide dog work at the age of 3. Wombie returned for formal training Sept 2017 and was career changed in Jan 2018 in Phase 4 for environmental sensitivity and has been adopted by her raisers as a loving pet.
Goliath (born 5/29/2016, York/Zulu)
Goliath! This little guy with big paws and a giant heart arrived on Fun Day at the Oregon Campus. He was raised by Samantha as her 3rd puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Returned for formal Guide Dog training August 2017, and dropped in December 2017 in advanced training for body sensitivity and playing keep away. He was adopted by family friends of the raisers.
Danika (born 7/27/2016, Magic/Addie)
Danika joined our group as a transfer from the Portland area. Brenda and Frank worked with her to help her overcome her dog distraction issues but she ended up being career changed in November 2016. The raisers placed her with family friends on Bainbridge Island and she now has 2 children and acreage to keep her busy!
Norby (born 4/20/2016, Gonzalo/Patrina)
Norby joined our group at the age of 4 months from the Kent/Auburn puppy raising group. He was raised by Mary, and her parents Todd & Jeannie. Norby started his formal harness training in June 2017 and was career changed in October for poor house behavior after completing his entire Guide Dog training. He has been adopted by his raising family and is a very happy pet!
Kappa (born 11/30/2016)
6 month old Kappa joined our group for a short time as a transfer puppy from Kitsap Navigators, to be raised by Brenda & Frank. She wasn't quite ready for busy downtown Seattle, so she headed off in July 2017 to Vashon Island for the rest of her puppyhood.
Claudette (born 10/7/2015, Joplin/Marina)
Claudette was transferred to our group from Snohomish at 10 months of age to finish growing and learning. She joined Brenda and Frank to get experience with downtown Seattle and busier environs. Dropped from formal training for dog distraction in April 2017 and will be placed by Guide Dogs as a loving pet.
Pearl (born 10/25/2016, Neutron/Trix)
Pearl, 3/4 Golden, 1/4 Labrador and fluffy as they come, joined our group to be raised by Anna, Sprague, Lucien, and Graham. Career changed at 5 1/2 months for fear and barking and placed as a pet by GDB.
Gizmo (born 3/18/2015, Laughlin/Paris)
Gizmo was raised by Patty and Brian M. who joined GPS after a break from raising 4 pups with the Auburn and Tacoma groups. Giz was transferred to the Bellevue group for the last few months before he headed off to college. Recalled for formal training in Sept. 2016. Giz suffered a pulled muscle which reoccured durring training. He was career changed in February 2017 and adopted by his raising family.
Kahuna (born 7/22/2015, Jolt/Lorraine)
Better known as the Big Kahuna, this little guy was twice the size of his brother Kirk! He was raised by Thea, Eric, Zavdi, Chagall, and Zsa Zsa as thier first pup for GDB. Kahuna was ransferred to the Spokane puppy raising group in June 2016 and arrived on campus for formal training in Dec. 2016. Career changed for poor house manners in February 2017 and will be placed as a happy-go-lucky pet by GDB.
Fabio (born 3/3/2015, Sandler/Tazzle)
With these good looks, he could be an Italian fashion model, but without the golden locks ;). Fabio arrived on the May Puppy Truck and was raised by Heidi & Dallas, and by Holly, Lee, Emmy, & Reese. He returned to the Oregon GDB campus in July 2016 for formal guide dog training. Half way through his training he experienced a soft tissue injury, which led to 3 months of rest, and resulted in him being overly body sensitive. Career changed and adopted by Holly, Lee, and the girls as a loving pet.
Desiree (born 7/1/2015, Richard/Riesling)
Teeny tiny Desiree arived on the August 2015 puppy truck, just shy of 8 weeks old, to be raised by Anna, Lucien & Graham as their second pup for GDB. Entered formal training in Sept 2016. Career changed for dog distraction and 'scavenging' and adopted by friends of her raisers.
Jim (born 7/21/2015 Joplin/Nivia)
Jim was a transfer pup from the Kitsap group. He joined GPS at 8 months of age to be co-raised by T-Bone & Angie, and Ruth & Ron. Such a handsome boy! Career changed at 11 months for lack of interest in becoming a guide dog and adopted by Ruth & Ron.
Fennec (born 10/11/2015, Amici/Tenley)
Foxy little Fennec with the big ears is as smart as his namesake was raised by Abby and Arnold and went to work in a law firm. Fennec is 3/4 Golden, 1/4 Labrador. He started his formal guide dog training at the Boring, OR campus in May 2016. Career changed in Phase 4 for dog distraction and adopted by his raisers in June 2016.
North (born 8/2/2015 Medford/Keepsake)
Soft and sweet Golden/Lab Cross North joined our group as a transfer from Vashon Island at the age of 5 months, to be raised by Mary, Marc, Brenna, Tatum, and Max. Career changed at 9 months old and adopted by her Vashon raising family.
Alistair (born 9/27/2015, Andreas/Cypres)
This fine English chap joined a fine Irish family and was raised by Derval, Tom, Hugh, Jack, Fiona, and Ailbhe as their first GDB puppy. He was career changed in February 2016 at 15 months of age for alert barking. He will be placed as a lovely pet by Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Jessup (born 7/8/2014, Lexus/Kahlua)
This liberal guy was well socialized as a member of the Democratic Party with raiser Lisa, who has raised 3 previous pups for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Although he went off to college in December 2015, he was career changed for inappropriate relieving in Phase 8 and was adopted by his raisers, who were thrilled to add him to their family!
Wonka (born 5/4/2014 Baldwin/Estee)
Mr. W. Wonka was raised by Jessica and was educated along with her kindergarten class. Oh, the kids loved Wonka! Jessica also got her doctorate in education while she raised Wonka--thanks to lots of help from some fantastic puppy sitters! Career changed in Phase 8 for dog distraction and will still attend school with Jessica as a Pet Partners Therapy Dog!
Tobiko (born 12/10/13 Julian/Denise)
Kanojo no na wa Tobiko! Her name is Tobiko...joined the O'Brien family to be raised as their 3rd puppy for Guide Dogs. Career changed July 2015 for liver disease in Phase 7 of Guide Dog college and adopted by her raisers. Tobiko will be on medication but is acting like her old self.
Fiore (born 10/11/14 Amici/Tenley)
Beautiful Fiore, or 'flower' in Italian, was raised by Song Mei and family as their first puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind until she was almost 6 months old. Siblings Fiore, Fennec, and Flare are Golden/Lab Double Crosses .Transferred to a different puppy group at 5 1/2 months of age. Career changed for fears.
Bronco (born 4/29/14 Curt/Shimmer)
Bronco, a Lab-Golden Double Cross, was raised in a downtown condo with raisers Nathaniel and Rachel, commuted to work at Amazon. What could be more 'Seattle' than that? Career changed because he simply didn't want to be a guide dog :) and placed with raiser's brother in Pennsylvania.
Craig (born 8/1/13 Jay/Kirin)
Craig arrived by Puppy Truck in Oct. 2013 to be raised by experience raiser Geoff. Craig returned to campus for Breeder Evaluation in Oct. 2014.Career changed and placed as a Therapy Dog and Ambassador at Ronald McDonald House in Lubbock TX.
Winston (born 5/4/14 Baldwin/Estee)
Winston was raised by family of 4 Sharon, Scott, Sophia, and Cosette as their first Guide Dog puppy, with help from family of 5 Mary, Marc, Brenna, Tatum, & Max. "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" ~Winston Churchill. Career changed for fears, Winston's goal is to become a Therapy Dog.
Trixie (born 4/8/13 McKinley/Pia)
Trixie was born to pursue higher education and went to work with her raiser, Erin, at the University of Washington. She was recalled for formal guide dog training in October, 2014. Career changed in Phase 5 for dog distraction and adopted by her raiser's family.
Ivan (born 7/11/13 Vern/Favor)
Transferred from the Spokane group at 7 months of age, Ivan spent the rest of his puppyhood with GPS raisers, Brenda and Frank. Career changed for dog distraction and adopted by Brenda's brother in the Seattle area.
Chelsea (born 6/23/13 Amici/Amaya)
Beautiful Golden Chelsea transferred to our group from Bellingham at 5 months of age and was raised by Robin and Howard. Chelsea developed polyarthritis at the age of 14 months and after treatment is doing much better. Career Changed for health reasons and was placed by GDB with a loving family in California.
Atari (born 10/22/13 Blake/Darby)
Atari is part of the WSU Vet School program and was raised by Marilyn & Tom in our group until he was 6 months old, then was transfered to a student of Veterinary Medicine who finished raising him. Career changed for less than desirable house behavior and placed by GDB as a loving pet.
Wander (born 11/4/12 Tito/Juniper)
Wander was raised by Dana, Dave, Zoe, and Ian as their second GDB pup.Career Changed for body sensitivity & dog distraction Nov 2013--now living in Happy Valley, OR as a pet in a family with 2 small children. She will go to work at the wine warehouse that her new dad owns.
Hector (born 12/5/11 Simon/Marcie)
Hector Protector was dressed all in green', as the nursery rhyme reads. He is the 4th pup Renee raised for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Career changed for lack of interest in being a Guide Dog :) and adopted by his raiser.
Prima (born 11/21/11 Bosworth/Nerita)
Prima Donna Prima joined the Seattle puppy raising group to be raised by experience raiser Joseph as his 3rd pup for Guide Dogs. Career Changed for inappropriate relieving and placed with a family of 4 on Mercer Island as a fabulous pet.
Mattie (born 7/28/11 Nevin/Fiji)
First-time raisers Dana, Dave, Zoe, and Ian welcomed little Mattie. This is the second 'Mattie' that has been in our group. Career Changed and placed by Guide Dogs with a couple who will train her as a Therapy Dog to work with hearing impaired individuals.
Kenya (born 6/3/11 David/Blossom)
Kenya was presented to her raiser at the Oregon Fun Day at the Guide Dog Campus. Kenya is one smart girl--she attended the University of Washington with experienced raiser, Erin. Kenya has a new career as an avalanche Search & Rescue Dog at Steven's Pass in Washington.
Corona (born 7/2/11 Marino/Lovey)
Corona was another little blondie for Tom and Marilyn--she was puppy number 14! Career changed for environmental sensitivity in October 2012 and was placed by Guide Dogs for the Blind as a loving pet.
Keeley (born 5/7/11 Jonathan/Brazil)
What do you get when you cross a Golden/Lab Cross with a Golden? And the answer is..... a Double Cross! Keeley came off of the July Puppy Truck along with a bounce and a sense of humor to be raised by Robin and Howard. Dropped in formal training for body sensitivity to the harness and fear of loud noises.
Java (born 11/12/10 Bosworth/Gallery)
Joseph and Michael raised this little cup of sweetness as their second pup for GDB. See the video of Joseph and Java made by Erika Takeuchi on ourTributespage. Returned to campus Feb 2012 and experienced Pano symptoms (growing pains). Dropped in the final training phase for relieving issues in Aug 2012.
Captain (born 5/14/11 Nicasio/Jude)
Ahoy, Captain! Get those sea legs under you and be prepared for learning the ropes with first time raisers Brian, Patti, Annalise, and Kyle. Captain and Chantal are siblings, but it sounds a bit like a singing group.Career changed for sensitivity to fireworks set off in his neighborhood and placed by GDB.
Cadence (born 3/16/11 Simon/Leslie)
10 month old Cadence moved from the Auburn group to Seattle to be raised by experienced puppy raisers, Brenda and Frank.Career changed for house behavior and avoidance of jacket and crate and sent to GDB to be adopted.
Viceroy (born 6/24/11 Hurley/Sarita)
Known as the Viceroy of Phinney Ridge, this little guy joined experienced raisers Sean, Emily, Eric, and Ryan. Viceroy and Valeria are siblings.Career changed for temperament issues that make him more suited to be a loving pet and placed with friends of the raisers in Seattle.
Sheraton (born 6/25/11 Marino/Pomona)
Sheraton arrived Sept 2011 to be raised by group leaders Heidi and Dallas as their 10th pup.Career changed for drooling at 9 mo. old and welcomed back home as Willy's little brother! Sheraton is now a Therapy Dog that volunteers at Childhaven with the 3-5 year olds.
Isha (born 8/16/10 Nicasio/Starling)
This pretty girl moved to Seattle from the Bellingham puppy raising group when she was 13 months old to get some city experience with experienced raiser Lisa. Career changed for dog distraction and adopted by her raiser. Isha is a Therapy Dog with TDI.
Mel (born 10/16/10 Guidinglight Wallace/Pilar)
Mel arrived on a very rainy December day to be raised by Jan as her second GDB puppy. 'Mel' is a pure clarified form of honey. He battled Giardia as a puppy and at 11 mo. old was diagnosed with Parvo. He is now a beautiful, healthy adult. Career changed for 'wet mouth'. Mel was adopted by his raiser and registered asa TDI Therapy Dog.
Madeline (born 6/5/10 Tiburon/Cher)
7 mo. old Madeline was transfered to our group from Oregon. Sue raised several puppies with Guide Dogs before becoming involved in Search and Rescue with her Career Changed dog, Luau. Career changed for body sensitivity and will be placed in a loving home by Guide Dogs.
Elmer (born 10/7/10 Nicasio/Clovis)
Elmer joined our group from Sacramento when his family moved to Seattle in June 2011. We are thrilled to have them as part of our group! Elmer was career changed for fear and balking around buses and doorways and has been adopted by the raiser's brother in California.
Simba (born 6/8/10 Forte/Arizona)
8-month-old Simba and his raisers, Kim and Gary, transferred to our group from Compass Canines in March 2011. Simba was transferred to the Auburn group for a few months before being career changed for barking. He has been adopted by Kim and Gary, who are thrilled to welcome him back!
Helene (born 1/30/10 Bond/Simone)
Helene and her sister Hedda were chosen by GDB to be part of a study on minimizing body sensitivity. They wore hair scrunchies on bodies while playing--silly but effective! Helene was raised by first-time raiser, Korie, and puppy sat regularly by Haley. Career changed for an eye problem and adopted by her raiser.
Mattie (born 10/30/09 Kentucky/Sunset)
Mattie arrived on the first Puppy Truck of 2010, to be raised by Marilyn and Tom. Mattie is sort of a 'grandchild' since her mom, Sunset, was raised by this family too! Career changed for vocalizing/barking at other dogs and adopted by the daugher of a raiser in Guide Puppies of Seattle.