Guide Dog Puppies to Bear Names of Team USA Olympians
This year, Olympians have a special incentive to give their best in the competition: nonprofit organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind will name a litter of pups in honor of the most distinguished athletes.
Guide dogs are heroes in their own right: these furballs are not just a man’s best friend, but their support in life, providing them a better quality of life, freedom, and independence, despite their vision loss. But, to get to the point where they’re able to lend a helping paw to humans in need, guide dogs go through extensive professional training, much like athletes training to compete in the Olympic Games.
In most cases, training for service dogs lasts around two years, or circa 14 years- if you count it in doggo time. The process is intensive and requires dedication, and not every pooch has what it takes to guide a person with vision loss through their everyday life. These dogs start learning as puppies, and have some serious skills when it comes their time to start working!
With all of this in mind, it’s no wonder that people at Guiding Eyes for the Blind drew a parallel between their canines and dedicated Olympians. To honor the team of athletes from the United States, this non-profit organization promised to name a litter of their newborn puppies after the world-class athletes. I mean, after all, every pooch deserves a gold medal just for existing, so giving them a champion’s name is only fitting.
Thomas Panek, President and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind said that the puppy naming ceremony will be in timing with the Closing Ceremonies at the 2018 Olympics. The puppies born at Canine Development Center will be given names of distinguished Olympic athletes from the American Team- and, hopefully, go on to have stellar canine careers, just like their sporty namesakes.