‘Pups With a Purpose’ Seek Local Foster Homes

Photos courtesy Lexie Dreyfuss Lexie Dreyfuss (middle) is shown at “puppy pick-up day” with her parents, Lee and Kellie, at Guide Dogs of America to receive Venti, a black Labrador/golden retriever cross.
Photos courtesy Lexie Dreyfuss
Lexie Dreyfuss (middle) is shown at “puppy pick-up day” with her parents, Lee and Kellie, at Guide Dogs of America to receive Venti, a black Labrador/golden retriever cross.

With the holidays upon us, Guide Dogs of America is urging area residents to scratch an itch — the puppy itch, that is.
La Cañada Flintridge resident Lexie Dreyfuss heeded the call several years ago, and it’s been puppy love since.
Dreyfuss fell in love with GDA’s program while raising her first puppy as a freshman at LCHS. She is now raising her sixth puppy, named Jenny, a soft yellow lab and “sweet little girl with lots of energy,” Dreyfuss noted. Continue reading “‘Pups With a Purpose’ Seek Local Foster Homes”

‘Pups With a Purpose’ Need Holiday Foster Homes

Photo by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK Pasadena resident Gwen Whitson and her foster puppy, Serenity, have been a team since the yellow Labrador was just 7 weeks old. She’ll return Serenity to the Guide Dogs of America when she’s full-grown and ready to begin her guide dog training at the GDA’s Sylmar facility.
Photo by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK
Pasadena resident Gwen Whitson and her foster puppy, Serenity, have been a team since the
yellow Labrador was just 7 weeks old. She’ll return Serenity to the Guide Dogs of America when she’s full-grown and ready to begin her guide dog training at the GDA’s Sylmar facility.

With the holidays around the corner, Guide Dogs of America is urging Pasadena area residents to scratch an itch — the puppy itch, that is.
The nonprofit, which provides guide dogs to blind and visually impaired people across the U.S. and Canada free of charge, has several litters of puppies that will need to be placed with foster families through December and early January. Continue reading “‘Pups With a Purpose’ Need Holiday Foster Homes”

‘Pups With a Purpose’ Need Holiday Foster Homes

Photo by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK Pasadena resident Gwen Whitson and her foster puppy, Serenity, have been a team since the yellow Labrador was just 7 weeks old. She’ll return Serenity to the Guide Dogs of America when she’s full-grown and ready to begin her guide dog training at the GDA’s Sylmar facility.
Photo by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK
Pasadena resident Gwen Whitson and her foster puppy, Serenity, have been a team since the
yellow Labrador was just 7 weeks old. She’ll return Serenity to the Guide Dogs of America when she’s full-grown and ready to begin her guide dog training at the GDA’s Sylmar facility.

With the holidays around the corner, Guide Dogs of America is urging Pasadena area residents to scratch an itch — the puppy itch, that is.
The nonprofit, which provides guide dogs to blind and visually impaired people across the U.S. and Canada free of charge, has several litters of puppies that will need to be placed with foster families through December and early January.
Foster families will raise the 8-week-old puppy for 18 months, socializing it as much as possible, and then return it to the Guide Dogs of America headquarters in Sylmar, where it will continue its education for six months to become a highly trained guide dog. At the end of its graduation, it will be placed with its new owner.
“If you ever dreamt of a puppy for Christmas, now is your chance to realize that dream while doing something meaningful for another person,” said Stephanie Colman, GDA’s puppy program coordinator, noting that they hope to place 60 guide dogs this year.
Fostering puppy owner and Pasadena resident Gwen Whitson said she highly recommends the experience.
Whitson adopted her yellow Labrador, Serenity, last December, and has since been on a running, nonstop puppy-training marathon. In her short life, Serenity has visited the Hollywood Bowl, a Dodgers game, Sunday church and countless other places. With a constant wagging tail and urge to smooch whatever her snout sniffs, Serenity’s silky blond coat and calm amber eyes have filled the puppy void in the Whitson’s lives.
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