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Edition 5 – September 2010

Letter from the Editor
Happy National Guide Dog Month to you and your Leader Dog.
September is also National Sewing Month, National Potato Month,
and National Chicken Month – I definitely think the dogs deserve
top billing!
     If you have already read the attached issue of Update, you
may have noticed that we have referred to you, the people who
have come to Leader Dog for services, as “clients” and not as
“students.” This change has recently been made for several
     First, to support the understanding that you are our customer
and we are here to serve your needs before, during and after your
training at Leader Dog. We are not an organization that considers
our job done when you leave to go home with your new dog, new
GPS, or new O&M skills.
     Second, to internally reinforce the fact that you have chosen
us, by your own free will, to supply the professional services you
need to become a more independent traveler; and that it is our
responsibility to treat everyone with respect (all clients) and as an
adult (for those clients 18 and older).
    You will still be hearing the words “training,” “instructor,”
“class,” and “alumni;” but you’ll also hear the terms “potential
clients” for people applying to a LDB program and “client” for
those in training and those that have completed training. We hope
you agree that the new terminology better reflects the relationship
between you and LDB.
    I hope everyone is looking forward to the cooler days of Fall. I
know I enjoy the pleasure my dogs take in running around the
yard without getting overheated.
    Take Care, Rachelle Kniffen, Communications Specialist

What an Experience: The ACB and AER Conferences
By Stacy Benmark, Student Services Director
This past summer we had the pleasure of attending three major
conferences with the goal of raising awareness about Leader Dog
and the services we offer.
    The conference I attended was the American Council of the
Blind (ACB) in Phoenix, Arizona. They say Arizona is a dry heat,
but 115 degrees is still hot! Leader Dog also had a presence at the
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) conference in Dallas, Texas.
ACB and NFB are membership organizations that work to improve
the lives of people that are blind through advocacy, education,
and technology. You can learn more about each organization at
their websites, and
    As a long-time employee of Leader Dog, I have spoken with
thousands of applicants and graduates of LDB programs. Being
able to visit with graduates in person away from the Leader Dog
campus and share the excitement of the conference was a
wonderful experience. There were many well-behaved, well-
trained dog guides in attendance from various schools. In this
issue of Harness and Leash you will find an article written by
Stephanie Sherwood about preparing your dog for attendance at a
major conference which can present very unique situations for
both you and your dog.
    I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with current and potential
clients and learn about new products and services for individuals
with visual impairments. My favorite find at the conference was
an accessible, audible dart board. I liked it so much I ordered one
for the LDB residence facility as soon as I returned to the office.
    The second conference I attended was the Association of
Education and Rehabilitation for Blind and Visually Impaired
(AERBVI) in Little Rock, Arkansas. During this conference I had
the opportunity to talk with hundreds of rehabilitation
professionals including many orientation and mobility specialists.
Experiencing their collective passion for assisting people who are
blind or visually impaired was exciting.
    Leader Dog had a steady stream of visitors at our booth
interested in learning more about our Accelerated Mobility
Program and about Leader Dog giving a free pedestrian GPS to
clients attending our dog guide program.
    I returned to the office rejuvenated and full of new ideas and
contacts to improve the services and support for our clients.
    As Leader Dog focuses on the voice of our clients, we would
like to hear from you regarding your thoughts and views on
conferences. Do you attend them? Why or why not? Please take
a moment to contact your coordinator with your comments. The
contact information for our client services coordinators is always
located at the end of this newsletter.
    Give your pooch a smooch from me!
    Warm regards, Stacy Benmark

From the Vet’s Office
Common Questions About Dental Care for Dogs
By Dr. Kelly Wilson
Why does my dog’s breath smell so bad? The most common
reason is your dog has odor-causing plaque and tartar on its
teeth. Your dog’s teeth need to be brushed daily to remove food
particles and bacteria from the surface of its teeth. If you are not
brushing your dog’s teeth, bacteria will form plaque which hardens
into tartar in 48 hours. Once hardened, brushing will not get it off.
Just like you have to have your teeth cleaned by a dentist to
remove tartar, your dog needs the same type of treatment.
    Why does my dog need anesthesia to clean its teeth?
Removing years of tartar build up on teeth takes a time and
special equipment. A veterinary dental technician can do a faster
and more effective cleaning when your dog is asleep. Cleaning
under anesthesia also allows the veterinary team to thoroughly
examine all surfaces of each tooth, looking for cracks or chips in
the teeth, gum erosion, and periodontal pockets of infection. This
type of cleaning also lets the veterinary team take dental
radiographs to look for problems at the tooth roots. Dogs can
develop gingivitis and periodontal disease just like humans. It is
estimated that 50 percent of dogs over the age of 5 have at least
one painful problem in their teeth.
    Why is dental health so important? Infections in the
mouth can get into the bloodstream, starting infections elsewhere
in the body, including the heart or bladder. Tooth root infections
are painful, and abscesses can be dangerous and expensive to
treat. Preventative dental cleanings will save you money and save
your dog from experiencing mouth pain.
    How do I prevent these tooth problems? If your dog is a
puppy, start brushing now! If you can get into your dog’s mouth,
try to brush its teeth with a toothbrush and water. You can also
rub their teeth and gums with a baby washcloth or gauze wrapped
around your finger to prevent tartar build up and keep gums
healthy. Make sure to use specially formulated dog toothpaste
that does not have fluoride in it - never use human toothpaste.
Ideally, you should brush a dog’s teeth every day; at minimum
you should do it three times a week. If your dog already has
tartar build up, start with a proper dental cleaning from your
veterinarian and then regularly brush its teeth at home. Don’t let
your dog chew on very hard objects that can break their teeth.
Ask your veterinarian to recommend a specific dental diet that can
reduce plaque formation or for a dental rinse that you can apply to
your dog’s teeth to reduce bacteria in its mouth.

Plan Ahead for Both You and Your Dog
By Stephanie Sherwood, Field Services Representative
Plan Ahead for Both You and Your Dog
By Stephanie Sherwood, Field Services Representative
Recently I attended the National Federation for the Blind (NFB)
conference in Dallas, Texas. There were many dog guide users in
    The conference was held in a huge hotel that consisted of
many hallways, elevators, escalators, lobbies and conference
rooms. It reminded me of a huge indoor mall and was fairly
complicated to navigate. I found myself getting turned around and
losing my direction on more than one occasion. Thankfully, the
staff was well prepared and they were able to give me (and the
other guests) assistance.
    This was my first NFB conference so I didn’t know what to
expect. The conference was held over the 4th of July weekend, so I
experienced both extreme heat and loud fireworks. These factors,
combined with the unfamiliar environment, can be stressful for
people – and also stressful for your dog.
    I observed many dogs displaying signs of stress during the
conference. When I pointed out the signs of dog stress to owners,
they often responded, “He never acts like this” or “She usually
never does that.” When dogs are suddenly placed in unusual and
chaotic environments, they can become stressed. Dogs can be
overwhelmed by the number of dogs and humans in one location,
the unusual noises, new smells, and unfamiliar environment.
    There are several things you can do when planning your trip
to help make sure your dog can handle the stress and enjoy the
experience as much as you. First, pack for your dog when you
pack for yourself. Remember to bring your dog’s food, dish,
blanket or bed and waste disposal bags. These familiar items,
along with a favorite Nylabone or toy, can be comforting for your
dog when they are away from home.
    Next, consider how you’ll travel during your trip. Are you
traveling by bus, car, train or airplane? Will you be able to find
comfortable resting spots during the journey for both you and
your dog? It is helpful to use a combination of guide work and
sighted assistance to give your dog short rests along the way.
Also, remember to stick to your dog’s feeding, water, and relief
routines throughout the trip.
    I spoke with one gentleman who had traveled for 23 hours by
bus with his dog to get to the conference. He had prepared ahead
by bringing a collapsible water dish in his backpack, notifying the
bus company that he would be traveling with a dog guide,
requesting a seat with the maximum amount of space to ensure
comfort for his dog, and coordinating assistance at each bus stop
to find an appropriate spot to relieve his dog. He said the trip
went well and they encountered no issues.
    When you arrive at your destination, give your dog an
opportunity to relieve itself before going inside. Be prepared for
the new environment and anticipate your dog’s reactions. For
example, new smells may encourage your dog to investigate more
than normal. Other dog guides may be present which can
contribute to stress behaviors such as pulling, lunging, shying
away, panting or trembling. Support your dog in this new and
unfamiliar environment by becoming familiar with your
surroundings so you are comfortable with giving your dog
    During your stay, don’t be afraid to ask for sighted
assistance. Everyone at NFB, visually impaired or sighted, had to
ask for help on where to go and how to get there. Getting help
prevents the possibility of traveling in circles, thereby reducing
stress for both you and your dog. Remember, you need to know
where you are going to direct your dog properly.
    Make sure you keep your dog in mind throughout the
conference. At NFB, I noticed a man whose dog was trembling and
panting and its eyes were dilated. The owner was speaking to
someone at a booth and was unaware that his dog was stressed.
Once advised, he took his dog outside and then to his room for a
break. Remember, sometimes your dog needs a break, even if
you don’t.
    Oddly enough, public bathrooms in hotels can pose their own
issues. Some bathroom stalls are very small and you may not
want to bring your dog inside with you. In this situation you can
ask someone to hold your dog outside the stall or try to locate a
larger stall. At NFB, one woman tried to take her dog into a small
stall and accidentally shut the door on the dog’s tail. She then
shut the dog’s leash in the door which forced the dog to stand
outside of the stall where it was accidentally clipped by canes. A
great alternative in this type of situation is to use the bathroom in
your hotel room.
    I found that among the hustle and bustle of the conference, it
was easy to lose track of time. This can be detrimental to your
dog if you aren’t allowing regular water and bathroom breaks. It is
a good idea to set the alarm on your watch or phone or plan to
“break” your dog when you get a break during a meeting.
    Not every dog at the conference was affected by all of the
additional stimuli. A few were even playful and wanted to socialize
with the other dogs. Some people allowed their dog to interact
with other dogs and some did not. This decision is all part of
having and maintaining good dog awareness, monitoring your dog
and making sure they are well behaved and under control at all
    Traveling to conferences such as the NFB can be exciting, fun
and informative. Conferences are a great way to meet new
people, connect with old friends, learn about new products, and
discover new programs. With the correct preparation, the trip can
be a great experience for both you and your dog.

A Letter from Leader Dog Maddy

By Jim Platzer, Leader Dog Graduate, Class 05-09

The following letter was read by Jim Platzer at our 23rd Annual
Puppy and Breeding Stock Day. It represents what he feels his
Leader Dog Maddy would say to her puppy raisers if she could.
Since there was not a dry eye in the house, you may want to go
grab a box of tissues in preparation.
    Dear Raiser Family,
    It's been a while; and I have a lot of things to share with you,
and have so many things to say...
    When you brought me back to Leader Dog, I saw you cry and
I was worried about you. At the time, I didn’t realize all that was
happening and the part you played in it.
    I missed you terribly.
    Now you're gone, but there are still things that need to be
said... things that need to be mentioned.
    The most part of which is saying “thank you.” Thank you for
sharing your home with me, and caring for me like I was your
own. Your gentle touch, your undying support, your loving arms…
your understanding says it all. Thank you for your patience. Thank
you for being a parent and a teacher. Thank you for instilling the
qualities that brings real meaning to my life and my work.
    Best of all... thank you for being so selfless.
    You defined the word "family" and because of your admirable
actions, I felt loved. You left a great impact on me, and as such, I
have chosen to live an exceptional life.
    It was a challenge I had to consider since you were able to
show me the value of good behavior, and the value of hard work.
    I may not have comprehended everything happening to me
when we returned to the school, but now that I’m a Leader Dog, I
understand completely.
    The most rewarding endeavor in life is to care for others.
With your help, we have given back independence and mobility for
someone who is blind.
    I am caring and assisting my blind partner with the same
level of love and caring that you taught me.
    We have done wonderful things together; I’ve traveled on
planes, gone to school, went to the workplace and even saw the
American Idol Tour when it came to town.
    We have a very special relationship that exceeds anything I
would have expected. I worry about the time when I won’t be
able to help my partner any longer.
    My only salvation for thinking this way is that I know you will
be out there… raising another puppy that will follow in my
    This is not the last time I will say thank you. I will always be
grateful for the wonderful things you imparted on me. Thank you,
for being a part of my life and for being my mentor.
    With so much love,
    Your puppy

More Airports Create Areas for Pets to Take Care of
By Roger Yu, USA Today
This article was reprinted with permission from USA Today. Yu,
Roger. More Airports Create Areas for Pets to Take Care of
airportpets20_ST_N.htm, July 20, 2010.

Dogs Need to Go, Too. So Airports Are Adding Doggie Restrooms.
    Airports say "pet relief areas" enhance customer service. But
they're also being nudged by a federal rule that orders airlines to
work with airports to install facilities for travelers who have
service dogs.
    Among airports with new dog bathrooms: Atlanta, San
Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington Dulles, Washington National,
Chicago O'Hare and Phoenix.
    The facilities are typically outside, within walking distance of
the terminal. The federal rule requires they be kept clean, free of
odor, contain a gravel or sand surface and have adequate
drainage. Some airports have added synthetic grass, fire hydrants
and benches.
    "Many of our members travel," says Melanie Brunson,
executive director of the American Council of the Blind, which
pushed for the rule. "Increasingly, you don't get much time
between flights. You don't have a whole lot of time to take care of
your dog's needs."
    About 2 million pets and other animals fly each year in the
U.S., according to the Transportation Department. But convenient
relief areas weren't required until the department published
changes last year to the Air Carrier Access Act, which spells out
travel rights for people who have physical disabilities.
    "If there was one (before)," she says, "it was in the
boondocks, and (travelers) didn't have much time to get there."
    Neva Fairchild of Carrollton, Texas, who has a service dog and
is an American Foundation for the Blind employee, says it can be
embarrassing for owners of dogs that relieve themselves at an
airport curb.
    "I can understand if people are offended by dogs relieving
themselves at a pole 20 feet from the airport," she says. "But
when the dog has to go, it has to go."
    Fairchild says she'd like to see more relief inside security
zones at airports to avoid clearing security-screening checkpoints
again for connecting flights.
    Washington Dulles is one of the few airports with indoor
facilities within its security zone, in addition to three relief areas
outside. Engineers designed them after studying other dog parks.
They contain ventilation and wall-mounted water-distribution
systems for cleaning, Dulles spokeswoman Courtney Mickalonis
    Before assigning a new pet area, Atlanta had "maintenance
issues" with travelers who let their dogs use landscaped areas
without cleaning up, says Gary Summerlin, an engineer at the
world's busiest airport, where about 6,000 animals are flown
annually in cargo. But pet owners using the "formal" area have
been more responsible, he says.

Circle of Life
Callie (hosted by Bob and Shirley Beardslee) x Cruiser (hosted by
    Julie Gardner) – Seven Labrador retrievers.
Cammy (hosted by Jamie Gunnink and family) x Tigger (hosted by
    Robyn Gage) – Seven Labrador retrievers.
Casey (hosted by Jessie Kramer and family) x Seamus (hosted by
    Lora Michaels) – Four Labrador retrievers.
Chloe (hosted by Sue Friedl) x Sy (hosted by Katie Olds) – Four
    Labrador retrievers.
Daisy (hosted by Gail Haba and family) x Rocky (hosted by Jean
    Jacquin) – One golden retriever.
Donna (hosted by Diana Weber) x Benson (hosted by Keith
    McGregor) – Three Labrador retrievers.
Dreamer (hosted by Kelly and Veronica Crake) x Takota (hosted
    by Nancy vonKoehnen) – Eleven Labrador retrievers.
Karma (hosted by Tracy and Aaron Baughey) x Benson (hosted by
    Keith McGregor) – Eight Labrador retrievers.
Koni (hosted by Nance Halle) x Jackson (hosted by Jamie
    Crawford) – Three Labrador retrievers.
Lacy (hosted by Janice White) x Hardy (hosted by Gerald and
    Cynthia Sweet) – Seven Labrador/golden crosses.
Libby (hosted by George and Nina McFarlane) x Cruiser (hosted by
    Julie Gardner) – Eleven Labrador retrievers.
Luna (hosted by Nan Nellenbach) x Buddy (hosted by Brad and
    Hollye Mackler) – Three Labrador retrievers.
Parade (hosted by Debbie Santucci) x Tigger (hosted by Robert
    and Robyn Gage) – Three Labrador retrievers.
Sandie (hosted by Lesa Mignot) x Axel (hosted by Mike and Sue
    Kinyon) – One Labrador/golden retriever crosses.
Sienna (hosted by Robert and Mary Hovansian) x Sy (hosted by
    Katie Olds and family) – Seven Labrador retrievers.
Sissy (hosted by Carrie Pryce) x Tigger (hosted by Robert and
    Robyn Gage) – Ten Labrador retrievers.
Tradition (hosted by Sterlie and Janet Miller) x Tigger (hosted by
    Robert and Robyn Gage) – Eight Labrador retrievers.
Willow (hosted by Carol Page and family) x Jonah (hosted by Shari
    and George Sprouse) – Eight Labrador retrievers.
Willow (hosted by Lora Glei-Dietz and family) x Hunter (hosted by
    Beth Mattei) – Three Labrador retrievers.
Zyla (hosted by Gary and Paula King) x Cruiser (hosted by Julie
    Gardner) – Eight Labrador retrievers.

Breeding Stock Retired
Axel – Sue and Mike Kinyon
Cooper – The Holton family
Dora – The Karagosian family
Hope – Cherie Baker
Lilly – Dotty Hall
Mia – The Haba family
Robyn – Rob and Julie Kerton
Trax – The Hitchcock family
True – Ron and Kim Wattles
Breeding Stock Deceased
Kali – The Kwiatkowski family

Leader Dogs Retired
Bently – Ruth Guevara
Cameo – Beth Anderson
Casy – Gabriela Perez
Chloe – Cristill Cox
C.J. – Doris Bryant
Cody – Sophia Clay
Company – Sheryl Gordon
Cruiser – Bobby Stouton
Cupcake – Theresa Lambert
Cypress – Eugene Richards
Delilah – Jennie Facer
Eddie – Sharon Yde
Harley – Robert Miller
Hope – Silvia Lozado Badillo
Jacy – Richard Poncin
Joy – Windy Peyton
Kelly – Celine Bush
Kyla – Carlos Nahue
Macey – Rocio Casati
Maxwell – Charles Corrello
Molly - Mauri Valmor Ferreira
Montana – Christopher Bartlett
Page – Jamie Taylor
Pasha – William Kenneth Fields
Princess – George Davis
Quiche – Senora Clifton
Rookie – Federico Vasquez
Sadie – Heather Villegas
Sage – Alexandre Raztki
Scout – Arthur Christopher
Seattle – Steven Hairsine
Sheena – Archie Smith
Sport – Franco Martinez
Sugar – Danielle West
Teddy – Macaryn Biggers
Tess – Lilia Gonzalez
Wallace – Phillip Price
Wally – Joseph Nessinger
Webster – Julian Martin Gomez

Leader Dogs Deceased
Abby – Sharon Hawkinson
Baker – Zita Miglioranza
Bobbie – Lynda Vanlandyut-Tackitt
Briggs – Jeremy Gilley
Cole – Sarah Hunt
CJ – Doris Bryant
Denise – Illene Goldman Sawyer
Deuce - Janice Six
Dixie – Humberto Bustillos
Duke – Zacarias Hernandez Palafox
Eddie – Jay Miller
Gabby – Sharon Peterson
Gus – Rodney Barkley
Heather – Alice Massa
Jack – Enrique Sanchez Guijo Acevedo
Jack – Shane Nelson
Maxwell – Richard Benac
Milo - Daniel Owens
Moses – Tambor Haven
Murdock – Andrea Fuentes
Nalla – Rill Mis
Nell – Lewis Rolph
Riley – Charles Giblin
Ripley – Steven Johnson
Sable – Jesus Hernandez Cabezon
Skyler – James Todd
Summer – Jackie Schoff
Sunny – Michelle Sorce
Tilley – Patricia Hughes
Toby – Joseph Hintz
Venture – Monica Thibodeaux
Yanni – Susan Peak
Zaria – Debra Streeter
Zeb – Arturo Agabo Garcia

Class 10-11
Apprentice Instructor Susan Hackman; Shelley McMullen and
"Bailey" Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Randy Hockey); Steven
Hairsine and "Iowa" Yellow Lab (Puppy Raisers: James Nott and
Douglas Howard); Katherine Paulk and "Gemma" Golden Retriever
(Puppy Raiser: Kristin Hadacz); Sharon Schneider and "Jola"
German Shepherd (Puppy Raiser: Elaine Borning)

Instructor Laura Burke; Jo Ann Vanderzee and "Ziva" Golden
Retriever (Puppy Raiser: Carole Power); James Rhoades and
"Carson" Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Katie Krueger); Antoinette
Huling; William Neff and "Hank" Black Lab (Puppy Raisers: Charles
and Connnie Brach); Michael Birenbaum and "Levi" German
Shepherd (Puppy Raiser: Amy Stearns)

Instructor Kevin Ihrke; Daniel Avitia and "Wrigley" Yellow Lab
(Puppy Raisers: David and Karen Kortebein); Bret Reed and
"Charlie" Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Cathy Tucker); Connie
Bowman and "Friday" Golden Retriever (Puppy Raiser: Margaret
McLaughlin); Thomas Dockham and "Bubba" Black Lab (Puppy
Raisers: Michael and Amy Goggins)

Apprentice Instructor Denise Atler; Interpreter Paulina LaFontaine;
Ramon Olivares and "Jacob" Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Marchelle
D'Anna); Fernando Paez and "Tank" Black Lab (Puppy Raiser:
Johnny Ollin); Alvaro Ganduglia de Vida and "Rocky" Black Lab
(Puppy Raiser: Eric Eder); Roberto Jaramillo and "Basil" Black Lab
(Puppy Raisers: Sarah and Heather Duyck)

Class 10-12
Instructor Jamie Togal; Joyce Smith and "Gavin" Golden
Retriever/German Shepherd (Puppy Raiser: Diane Stanton);
Kenneth Clark and "Batman" Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Mary Beth

Instructor Debbie Komondy; Eric Davis and "Payton" German
Shepherd (Puppy Raiser: Sarah Crawford); Scott Gilbertson and
"Buddy" Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Jocelyn Robinson); Beth
Anderson and "Ella" German Shepherd (Puppy Raiser: Molly Buis)

Stephanie Woods and "Joey" Golden Retriever/Yellow Lab (Puppy
Raiser: Julianne Wierzchowski); Cory Lipsett and "Ragin" German
shepherd (Puppy Raisers: Dan and Kathleen Oberst); Deborah
Guice and "Leroy" Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Daniel Evola); John
Fritz and “Mack” Yellow Lab (donated); Apprentice Instructor Paul
Meister not pictured

Apprentice Instructor Allison Roberts; Albert McGinnis; Paige
Leonhardy and "Kylee" Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Julie Ann
Johnson); Nick Vanderwall and "Toby" Golden Retriever/Yellow
Lab (Puppy Raiser: Jennifer Brewer); Sabrina Bridges and "Addy"
Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Carol McEllhiney-Luster)

Home Delivery: Thomas Moritz and “Fernie” Yellow Lab (Puppy
Raiser: Ginger and Glenn Rossow)

Home Delivery: Patricia Greenburg and “Kela” Black Lab (Puppy
Raiser: Kristin Hadacz)

Class 11-01
Instructor Anna Williams; Pierre Berube and “Smoke” German
Shepherd/Golden Retriever (Puppy Raiser: Jean Pensis); Lisa
Kellerman and “Bella” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raisers: Ann and Ron

Instructor Katie Stamm; Joseph Scgalski and “Midnight” Black Lab
(Puppy Raiser: Ron Croft); Annette Bateman and “Stanley” Black
Lab (Puppy Raiser: Mike and Brenda Lasecki); Lynda Gochenouer
and “Sparkle” German Shepherd/Golden Retriever (Puppy Raiser:
Judith Robbins); Phillip Price and “Ice” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser:
Pat Boyd)

Instructor Linda Fisher; Brandy Erickson and “Pepper” Black Lab
(Puppy Raiser: Dyanne Sanders); Jessie Fouts and “Angel” Yellow
Lab (Puppy Raiser: Linda Wiedewitsch); Amber Broad and “Zoe”
Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Sandy Arnott)

Instructor Rei Chang; Yu-Hao Wu and “Deke” Black Lab (Puppy
Raisers: Victoria Kalmanek and Michael Agnello)

Instructor Anna Williams; Connie Gephardt and “Mason” Black Lab
(Puppy Raiser: Jill Moore); Christian Puett and “Broadway” Yellow
Lab (Puppy Raiser: Douglas Vought)

Class 11-02
Instructor Dave Heins; Richard Zambrano and “Tanner” Golden
Retriever (Puppy Raiser: Kathleen Davis); Ruth Ferry and “Lena”
Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Pamela Stamm); Daniel Tonge and
“Sadie” Black Lab (Puppy Raiser: Roxanne Minor); Freddie Flores
and “Zoe” Golden Retriever (Puppy Raiser: Ron Schmaeman)

Instructor Dave Heins; Timothy Kilburn and “Sully” Golden
Retriever (Puppy Raiser: Sherrill Platt); Jane Leeds and “Phoenix”
Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Eric Cloude); Angela Gibson and
“Chester” German Shepherd (Puppy Raiser: Victoria Wibright);
Jonathan Dixon and “Grace” Yellow Lab (Puppy Raiser: Bruce

Instructor Keith McGregor; Apprentice Instructor Jenny
Sanderson; Brittany Sikorski and “Tarbah” Black Lab (Puppy
Raisers: Karen West and Ernie Schmatz); Catalina Acevedo and
“Jiffy” Golden Retriever (Puppy Raisers: Jay Miller and Carolyn

Home Delivery: Mary Ann Rector and “Ahksan” Black Lab (Puppy
Raiser: Sheila Sosnowski)

Questions, Comments or Suggestions
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for this
publication, please send them to Amy Bordo at or call 888-777-5332.

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