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Learn how cute pups become guide dogs

WLACC hosting tour of facilities of Guide Dogs for the Blind Sept. 28

SUBMITTED PHOTO: GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND - Join the fun when WLACC tours the training facilities of Guide Dogs for the Blind on Sept. 28.

these dogs are selected and trained to assist people with visual impairment, then you’ll want to sign up for the West Linn Adult Community Center’s bus trip to the Oregon Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) school.

After meeting the pooches during this Sept. 28 adventure in Boring, there will be lunch at Calamity Jane’s in Sandy.

Trainers, puppy raisers, donors and volunteers all help prepare guide dogs to partner with people needing another pair of eyes to help guide them through their daily lives and the world. All services for these people are provided free of charge, including veterinary care, personalized training and extensive post-graduate support.

GDB volunteers welcome dogs into their homes, socialize puppies, lead tours of the campuses and help in many other ways.

Puppy raisers are responsible for teaching the puppies good manners and basic obedience for about the first year of the pups’ lives. The pups return to one of the GDB campuses for their formal guide work training when they are between 13- and 15-months-old. When the pups graduate as guides, the raisers are invited to formally present the dogs they raised to their new partners.

Guide Dogs for the Blind breeds and trains Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and Lab/golden crosses from their own purebred stock, which is selected for temperament, intelligence and health.

The tour will last approximately 75 minutes, and it’s important that participants be able to walk and stand for this amount of time because there are limited options for seating along the tour route. There is a gift shop available for those wishing to purchase souvenirs.

There is a $10 charge for the bus transportation, and lunch at Calamity Jane’s will be on your own. The bus will leave the WLACC at 9:45 a.m. and will return around 2 p.m. If you’d like to go on this Sept. 28 trip, sign up and pay $10 at the WLACC front desk.

Questions? Call Tiffany Carlson at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn 97068.

The lunch menu this week features celestial chef’s surprise on Friday, Sept. 9; even more celestial surprises on Monday, Sept. 12; and consequential soup and sandwiches on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Meals are $5 per person.

Doug Dickston is a current active volunteer at the West Linn Adult Community Center board.