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Myrtle_Jan 8, 2014

Helping Paws’ Lab Myrtle will be whelping her first litter in the next few days. So glad she waited until the cold snap broke!

We are in need of foster home trainers! Our fosters take in an 8-week-old puppy and raise and train it for 2 to 2 1/2 years to become a service dog. How rewarding would it be to give the gift of independence to an individual with physical disabilities by training a service dog?!!

Visit us at www.helpingpaws.org for more information!

Photo courtesy of Bev Swedeen.

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The Huey x Myrtle litter arrived Sunday evening January 12th. The count: 3 black females, 2 yellow females, 2 black males and 1 yellow male. Mom and puppies are all doing well. Don’t you just want to squeeze them all!

We are still seeking foster home trainers! Please visit our website, www.helpingpaws.org, or leave a voicemail @ 952.988.9359 ext. 65.

Pics courtesy of Judy Michurski.

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Here is the Huey x Myrtle litter @ 2 days old. Myrtle is an excellent Mom. All 8 puppies are doing well.

Helping Paws still needs foster home trainers…

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At Helping Paws, our caretaker home volunteers choose themes for the puppies’ litter names. Bev has chosen the theme “games” for the puppy names while she is caring for the Huey x Myrtle litter. The names are: Uno, Twister, Scrabble, Rook, Bunco, Trouble, Clue and Jenga.

Someday these puppies will give the gift of independence to individuals w/physical disabilities or to a veteran w/PTSD. You could play a key role in that journey…contact Helping Paws @ www.helpingpaws.org or 952.988.9359 ext. 65 to inquire about being a foster home trainer!

Photos courtesy of Bev S.

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The Manhattan x Keeley litter, AKA Keeley’s K Kids, greeted the outdoors for the first time recently w/great enthusiasm! Kevin, Kiera and Keegan discovered leaves, dirt and snow…once they managed to squeeze out the door all @ one time.

Pics courtesy of Judy M., caretaker home for Keeley.

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One of the most important, and fun!, jobs of a foster home trainer is to provide various experiences for the puppy while it is young. Click on the link to see pics of 15 1/2-week-old puppy Foster being introduced to the sights, sounds and people of Maple Grove Fire-Rescue.

Foster the Service Dog (1)

Props to Mary Ann Mead, Foster’s foster home trainer, for finding this opportunity for him. Much appreciation to Sarah Mann, Public Educator/Fire Investigator, and the personnel @ the fire station for taking the time to expose Foster to so many aspects of this environment. Our dogs are placed w/individuals w/physical disabilities, so being familiar w/fire and rescue personnel and equipment is crucial.

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The Huey x Myrtle Lab puppies are now 14 days old. Here are a few pics from days 10 – 12. Their eyes are beginning to open. The pups still spend most of their time eating and sleeping. As Bev and Herb say, puppies are one of the few things in life that can only get cuter each day!

You could be a foster home trainer for one of these cuties…yes, YOU! Our foster home trainers lead full lives and still have the time and energy to train a future service dog. Many of these individuals work full-time; most have pets of their own; some are college students. They even take vacations…Helping Paws provides dog-sitters.

Contact 952.988.9359 ext. 65 or visit www.helpingpaws.org for more info.

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Here are the Huey x Myrtle puppies @ 16 days old, beginning to explore their world. Their eagerness will serve them well as future service dogs for individuals with physical disabilities.

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The Keeley K Kids were placed with their foster home trainers last Friday. Kevin, Keegan and Kiera delighted the crowd with their antics. These puppies now begin their training to become service dogs for individuals with physical disabilities.

Welcome to new foster home trainer Jill Deden and daughter Gabrielle, and welcome back to returning foster home trainers Katy Shannon and Kim and Ray Torell. Thanks to caretaker home Judy and Steve Michurski for giving these puppies a great start.

There are Lab puppies who still need foster home trainers! Visit www.helpingpaws.org or call 952.988.9359 ext. 65.

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We love sharing photos of our graduate teams as they explore new places. Thanks to Nancy Gosz for this great pic. Keona and Nancy are enjoying the ocean off the Mexican coast. A new use for the skill “brace” – to get in and out of the sea!