Dora will be the mom of future guide dogs!

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Dora will be the mom of future guide dogs!

Postby Trademarkbark » Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:20 am

I just found out last night that the Guide Dog Foundation has approved Dora for the breeding program! Obviously, at her age (7), it is a special circumstance case and a one-time-only breeding. She will have the greatest care to ensure her health comes first. But the Collie program is declining due to the inability to find approved Collies (either they pass temperament and fail health, or fail temperament and pass health - having lots of trouble finding unrelated dogs who have both characteristics) and they really could use her "help". They have a few males in mind that should compliment her temperament, so we are hopeful they can carry on the Collies at GDF for at least one more generation. :grin:

So, even though it was sad to see her have to go due to my health, it is wonderful to know that another Colliewog will be giving back to the community in a way that only they can!
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Re: Dora will be the mom of future guide dogs!

Postby Moemer » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:09 am

that's great!! keep us updated on the litter, I expect you to get lots of pictures for ODO!
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Postby Trademarkbark » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:32 am

that's great!! keep us updated on the litter, I expect you to get lots of pictures for ODO!

I'll do my best. They'll be in another state, so will have to rely on the kindness of others!
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Postby Sabine » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:28 am

That's wonderful! I hope things work out and there are lots of girls in the litter. :)
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Postby Bari » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:48 am

That's great news. Hope she can continue her puppy folding job as well. Kiss on her nose! :love:
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Postby SherriA » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:55 am

This is wonderful news, Katie! I'm glad that the Colliewog line is going to carry on at least a longer.
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Postby Calypso » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:24 pm

That is just fabulous! I'm so happy! Colliewog line lives on!!!!!!!!!!!

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Postby Jen » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:35 pm

Awesome!!! Best wishes for healthy, easy, problem free breeding and fabulous puppies!!

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Postby JudyL » Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:11 pm

I'm happy to read that news and glad she'll continue folding puppies. I'm a wee bit concerned because of her age, but I know you trust that she'll have the best of care.

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Postby Trademarkbark » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:14 pm

It was discussed with and approved by several vets and their breeding department. She is physically much younger than her age. And will be monitored from the very beginning by the head of the breeding program.
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Re: Dora will be the mom of future guide dogs!

Postby Aubergine » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:42 am

That's wonderful news! Are these specific types of guide dogs (for blind people)? I've never seen or heard of collies for this role, but I think they would be a great choice provided the temperament is just right :)

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Postby Trademarkbark » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:04 pm

Yes, guide dogs for the blind. Sorry, but I've gotta go on my tangent now!

Smooth Collies have been used as "seeing eye dogs" successfully for many, many years. The first Collie guide dog was "Prince" who graduated from Leader Dogs for the Blind in 1949 . My mother worked with Dr Lee Ford's "Collie Companions for the Blind" program in the 1950s, helping with research, as she herself was only a teenager at the time.

I donated the first Smooth Collie to graduate from Southeastern Guide Dogs (Florida) in 1989 - he was my personal dog and I was only 18 yrs old. It was a huge thing for me, and still makes me tear up to think what my boy Lancer was able to do for a lovely woman who lost her sight to diabetes. WIth Lancer's help, she was able to go back to college and finish her degree. :love:

Our bloodline was the foundation of the breeding program used at Southeastern Guide Dogs in FL from 1989 to the mid 2000s, and my mother and I were consultants for the program throughout that time, but there was a change in management and they slowly phased the Collies out, and the people who supported their use as well. Prior to that, they were their #2 breed at that school, with a close to 90% pass rate. A few independent schools use them too, and they are becoming a new up and coming breed for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in NJ (where Dora was donated) thanks to my mom and a few folks who had dogs from our bloodline.

Sorry for the gushing, but I don't get to talk about the guide dog stuff that much anymore ... ;)
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Postby Aubergine » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:27 pm

That's amazing, Katie! :) I only ever see labs here as guide dogs, but I know that GSDs and dobes were also at one time used. You should be rightfully proud of your and your dogs' contributions :D

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Re: Dora will be the mom of future guide dogs!

Postby SherriA » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:12 pm

Wow, I had no idea your collies were so instrumental in helping so many people, Katie! Gush away, because that's worth gushing about.
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Postby Jen » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:26 pm

Wow, that's very cool! I hope Dora gets to be part of continuing your legacy in guide dogs.

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Postby UpwardDog » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:33 pm

I hope we'll get to see pics of Dora's puppydaddy and eventually her pups.

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Re: Dora will be the mom of future guide dogs!

Postby Amanda » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:08 pm

This is awesome. I'm glad the Colliewogs will still have a presence in the Gudie Dog world. :)


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