Eric and Amanda
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
October 7, 2007
Meet Amanda and Eric! They are getting married one year from tomorrow. Happy negative one year anniversary, guys! Mike and I clicked with Amanda and Eric right away, and we are really looking forward to getting to know them over the coming year.
Amanda and Eric have one of the coolest volunteer jobs I know: they train puppies to be guide dogs for the blind. They train and socialize dogs for the first year of their lives, before sending them off to a school for them to learn how to assist the blind. Only a small percentage of the dogs in this program are selected to be placed with a blind companion. Right now Amanda and Eric are training a yellow lab named Anthony, and they have adopted Nasa, one of their former puppies who was not selected for the program. Mike and I are so fascinated with the work that Amanda and Eric do that we are considering getting involved, too. You can learn more here: www.guidedogs.com.
This is beautiful Anthony, their puppy in the guide dog program.
With Nasa and Anthony. I love how the dogs seem to match their respective human. 🙂
Making Nasa smile for the camera. hahaha!
Nasa was so sad every time they had to sit out of the photo, tied to a tree. Aw.
Pikes Peak got a sprinkling of snow that afternoon.
If it looks like they are in mortal peril on the edge of a cliff, it’s because they are.
That’s the Garden of the Gods in the background.
As part of his training, Anthony goes everywhere with Amanda. She is in grad school, and he goes to class with her everyday. Mike and I went out to dinner with Amanda and Eric, and little Anthony sat peacefully under our table at the restaurant. He’s a great dog.
Someday this sweet guy might be a wonderful companion for a blind person.
When Nasa wasn’t selected as a guide dog, he was welcomed back by Amanda and Eric and given a great life.