Md. Family Helps Turn Puppies into Service Dogs


HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A canine member of a Frederick County, Md., family is enjoying puppyhood with treats, walks and massages, but he will someday have a big job as a service dog.

The McCauleys brought Gibson, a black Labrador, home about 10 months ago. He is their third dog through Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

“He’s been the easiest to work with,” Jim McCauley said. “He’s very connected with people.”

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is seeking new puppy raisers in Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland, as well as Southcentral Pennsylvania. Puppy raisers bring 8-week-old dogs into their homes, then nurture and educate them for a 14- to 16-month period.

Afterward, the dogs go to specialized training to become guide dogs for blind or visually impaired individuals.

Linda McCauley spotted an advertisement for the organization about four years ago. The couple said they have always had dogs, including several…

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