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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Year on – the progress

Toby – My Service Dog in Training

The Writing Chair

I would like to introduce to the blog, Toby, my Service Dog in Training whom I’ve had since August, 2012.  Thanks to Clear Path For Veterans for helping Toby achieve his Canine Good Citizenship and qualify to begin public access training.  We’ve already attended our first public access training at The Hearth on James Street and we will be going to the Shoppingtown mall this evening (12/17/12).

Here are some pictures after his CGC test up at the Clear Path facility – Pictures taken by John Ready (

Steve and Toby

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