I started this blog so Patriot's "Forever Person"would know all about his life, places that he's been, and things that he's done. I've decided to retire this blog and leave it strictly as Patriot's blog!
We brought Patriot home
when he was 9 weeks old.
We returned Patriot back to the
school when he was 15 months old.
On Saturday, September 15th we were invited back for "Puppy Raiser's Day at Southeastern Guide Dogs campus in Palmetto, Florida. .... our sweet boy is graduating as a Guide Dog in the Class#213, Aug/Sept 2012
We were introduced to Patriot's "Forever Person" Ted McDaniels of Atlanta, Georgia. It was a wonderful experience watching as Patriot led Ted along "Freedoms Walk"...We were able to spend time with both of them, and truly were overjoyed with the two of them being matched!
What a great team they make, we knew when we left the campus that day.......that we would meet again!
Our family just got bigger :)
Congratulations and enjoy your new life together!!!
Patriot is now in his final polishing stage at Southeastern Guide Dogs, and Oh how he shines :) He is now waiting for the match with his "Forever Person."
Patriot's latest training report:
Patriot is such a happy dog. While some dogs seem to take a while to bond, Patriot seems overjoyed to accept love from anyone at anytime. His work is impressive, although other dogs do sometime distract him from the task at hand (in a happy excited way) I have really enjoyed getting to know him this past month.
Patriot's trainer is so right, he is a happy dog, he even wags his tail while sleeping! In his latest training report, the trainer says:
"he's overjoyed to receive love from anyone," this is true! He also is overjoyed to give love to anyone.
Patriot exudes love!
What a wonderful companion he'll be to his "Forever Person."
Patriot is always ready to go to work. He is getting better with his aversion to underfootings and will work over them now. He knows his job and aims to please. We went to Tampa this month and he was excellent, although he decided he'd been serious long enough and got the "sillies" when we stopped to rest!
"Patriot working in Tampa"
I wonder if the "sillies" that the trainer is referring to are equivalent to his "butt tucking routine" he performed to the delight of family and friends....It sounds like he's close to being matched, someone's going to receive "AN AWESOME DOG"
It's been 4 months since we returned Patriot back to Southeastern Guide Dogs for his formal training. We cannot express our gratitude to Southeastern Guide Dogs for all of the updates and photos of Patriot. They have been there the whole way to anwser our questions and guide us through the process. Can you tell, that we are first time raisers? :)
"Patriot 1Z10".....So Regal!
"Patriot 1Z10" formal harness photo
Patriot's latest trainers evaluation:
Patriot still does not like walking through puddles...in otherwords, he's a puddle jumper ...
TRAINER COMMENTS: Patriot is a happy, sweet dog. We are still working on our underfooting issues as well as concern over puddles, but we are having fun freelancing and exploring new territory. He is doing a great job and we are having lots of fun getting new places together. "I love this trainer!"
Patriot 1Z10 has his own brick in Southeastern Guide Dogs Freedom Courtyard.
We thought it only appropriate to honor him for his upcoming service in guiding his "Forever Person" along Freedom Courtyard, and then as a team along lifes path.
Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc. relies 100% on private donations, receives no government funding and doesn't charge their students a dime for their services! Along with "Patriot" we ask that you PLEASE help us support this great cause by going to:
On December 10, 2011 we returned Patriot to the Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc. school for his formal harness training.
The IFT program that the school had for the Puppy Raisers was wonderful, the speakers were informative and it made the transition of leaving Patriot with them much easier.
I am impressed with the continued contact from the school, giving us updates on Patriot's well being and accomplishments! For one year, Patriot was a major part of our lives, it is nice to know that the school understands and appreciates that!
It has been a month since Patriot returned to the SEGDI for his formal harness training. I think it goes without saying that we shed a few tears when he left us. Now, we are at the point that we can smile sweetly when we think of him, no more tears... just best wishes for his new life. By the way I recently found his stash of milkbones that he had hidden away... :) it made me smile!
Today we received word that Patriot has passed his physical, his hip x-rays were "EXCELLENT" and his elbows good. He will continue on as a Breeder Candidate for the next month being observed for his temperament and overall ability. We wish him well.... where ever this new life takes him! One thing for sure, a part of our hearts go with him!!!
Patriot is an exceptional dog, in every way....this we knew from the very beginning. We are so very proud of him!!!!